Windows 10: SSD as boot drive and HDD as storage drive


  1. Posts : 4
    windows 7 64 ultimate
       2 Weeks Ago #1

    SSD as boot drive and HDD as storage drive


    I've researched high and low for a simple solution. I remember doing this on windows 7 with a registry hack back in the day, and it worked flawlessly. This is what I would like to do. I have a 500 gig SSD and a 1TB HDD. I would like all 600 gigs of user data to be on the HDD and just use the SSD for programs. Also, when I save or download something I would like it to go right to the HDD automatically without manually moving the data. To kinda trick windows into believing that pic I save or file I download is going to C:/ Users....but it actually really goes to the F:/ HDD drive. Here is the tutorial I used for windows 7...just need direction on how to accomplish the same with windows 10. https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...-location.html
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  2. Posts : 1,387
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       2 Weeks Ago #2

    There's no trick, just do it the same as you did it for W7, when whatever you want to save asks you where you want to save it just tell it to save to your 1 TB drive.

    My movies automatically save to my D drive, my games and images automatically install on my E drive etc

    I really don't think you want everything going to your 1TB drive, like installers or pictures for example, I let installers go to my downloads folder. After I use it and if I want to keep it, I then move it to the Software folder on my storage drive, same thing with pictures.
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  3. Posts : 4
    windows 7 64 ultimate
    Thread Starter
       2 Weeks Ago #3

    I was hoping for the automatic save. For instance, I right click on a random web pic...before I would simply click save as...etc...and it would automatically go into the download folder on the spinner drive without me telling it to go there. Just like normally it goes to the c:/ drive, but with the tweak, it really goes to the f:/ drive. Looking to trick the o/s into thinking its on C but really it's on F. I didn't want to do the windows 7 reg. edit cause I would think it wouldn't apply to windows 10?
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  4. Posts : 3,922
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       2 Weeks Ago #4

    You can change the download location in most browsers, usually in Preferences or Options. You can Move the location of Documents, Pictures, etc., to another location but generally need to first create a Folder of the same name there such as on D:. Right-click a desired Folder choose Properties and there should be a Location tab to work with.
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  5. Posts : 2,099
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       2 Weeks Ago #5

    I would move your Documents, Pictures & Videos folders at least to the HDD. Select the folder e.g. C:\Users\myname\Documents, right click on the folder properties, select the Location tab then choose Move. You need to create the new folder on your HDD first. There is a setting in browsers for the Default save file location. I use Chrome - the default save location can be specified under Advanced Settings.
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  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    If you create folder junctions, then there is just a shortcut on C: drive (SSD) that really points to the specified folder on the HDD. For example, move C:\Users\John\Documents to D:\John\Documents. Delete the empty C:\Users\John\Documents folder. Then:

    mklink /j C:\Users\John\Documents D:\John\Documents

    Any references to C:\Users\John\Documents will act exactly like they used to - but the data is actually going to D:\John\Documents.

    You cannot do this with your entire appdata folder - some programs don't like it. But if the program does accept it, you can do the same thing with it's folder inside your appdata folder. Kodi media manager/player for example maintains a database file of movies and settings in each separate user's appdata\roaming\Kodi. In order to get all the users to use the same database, I move the Kodi folder to D:\Kodi and then create a folder junction under each user's appdata\roaming\ folder to point to D:\Kodi
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  7. Posts : 17,616
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       1 Week Ago #7

    spyfox said: View Post
    I've researched high and low for a simple solution. I remember doing this on windows 7 with a registry hack back in the day, and it worked flawlessly. This is what I would like to do. I have a 500 gig SSD and a 1TB HDD. I would like all 600 gigs of user data to be on the HDD and just use the SSD for programs. Also, when I save or download something I would like it to go right to the HDD automatically without manually moving the data. To kinda trick windows into believing that pic I save or file I download is going to C:/ Users....but it actually really goes to the F:/ HDD drive. Here is the tutorial I used for windows 7...just need direction on how to accomplish the same with windows 10. https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...-location.html

    Use method two
    Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10
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