Windows 10: Best practice to install Office 365 Personal on dual drive pc

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  1. Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Home 64bit 1709.
       2 Weeks Ago #1

    Best practice to install Office 365 Personal on dual drive pc


    Future scenario is that my friend is purchasing a Dell Inspiron 3368 desktop with Intel® Core™ i7-7700 processor, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz memory, 1 x 128GB SSD+ 1x 1TB GB 7.2k HDD and Windows 10 Home 64bit which is sufficient for a small office.
    The pc comes with Microsoft® Office 30 Day Trial - Excludes Office License which is probably installed on the C: drive we most probably uninstall the trial version and install a new version of Microsoft® Office 365 Personal. The main applications that will be used are Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
    We intend to have/move the following folders to the HDD; Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favourites, Links, Music, Pictures, Saved Games, Searches and Videos
    The concern is that Office is installed on the SSD then Outlook will then store all emails, and other data on the C: drive too and as Outlook will contain 100s of emails some with large attachments this would soon fill up the SSD.
    Saving space on the SSD would be preferable to speed!
    So to my questions;
    Would it be preferable to install Office on the HDD so that Outlook stores emails etc. on the HDD?
    I have read that having Outlook installed on the SSD and emails on another drive, for example the HDD Outlook does not like it and has performance issues.
    I intend to create a Programs File and Programs File (86) on the HDD to install all other applications on the HDD.
    Your views and suggestions would be most appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 6,912
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       2 Weeks Ago #2

    Hi scopio

    Not sure it is going to matter. Your User directory will be on c: and Outlook will use the required folders down the appdata path.

    You have to move the .ost file and or .pst file to HDD. Lots of how to articles out there. There is even this one if the .ost won't move.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/...ta-file-ost-in

    I located my .pst on a drive that is different than my program drive (ssd). If it takes a split second longer to open a stored email I don't see it. I left my .ost files down the appdata path.

    Ken
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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3

    The Outlook Data file which has all Email, Contacts, Calendars etc resides in the Documents folder. If after installing Office, you move the Documents folder to the Data HDD then you will also move the Outlook Data File to the HDD so Outlook will not save to the C: SSD drive. In addition, you can add or change the location of your Data file by opening Outlook, go to File/Account Settings/Data File
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4

    Is it too late to have him order a larger SSD? If not, moving the data file might be your best bet.
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  5. Posts : 6,912
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       2 Weeks Ago #5

    and its a good idea to move data file, especially .pst files, as it will end up in the path of most backups.

    MS needs to to set these data files in Documents so thing like File History by default back them up.
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  6. Posts : 2,739
    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.1 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       2 Weeks Ago #6

    In Outlook in Office 365 you can choose where to store the emails, there should not be any issues in storing them on another drive as far as I know. Since I don't use Outlook that much, I can not be 100% sure about this though.

    The default email file location is:
    C:\Users\[YOUR COMPUTER USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\[YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT ADDRESS OR ACCOUNT NAME.ost]

    Your userprofile folder is the biggest storage hog of them all, that includes all storage used for ALL application caches and settings on your computer. I highly doubt, that the email inbox will be the biggest concern here (I receive about 300 mail daily on average on 3 accounts). Outlook also has an archive function, which moves away all chosen mail and attachments to another file. This file can be encrypted and compressed and can be located anywhere also.

    So it would be better to backup your email daily and then maybe weekly or monthly archive anything older than lets say 30-90 days or maybe older than 1 year. This way Outlook also performs much faster.
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  7. Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Home 64bit 1709.
    Thread Starter
       2 Weeks Ago #7

    DeaconFrost said: View Post
    Is it too late to have him order a larger SSD? If not, moving the data file might be your best bet.
    There are price constraints as this is for a charity and SSD are still too expensive for what they are. So moving the .pst files seem to be the best bet to create the folder to store the IMAP .pst files in before setting the key using the ForcePSTPath key: although as I understand it this only works for accounts created after the key is set. So I intend to add an email account which is rarely used first and then change the registry.
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  • Posts : 2,739
    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.1 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       2 Weeks Ago #8

    scopio said: View Post
    There are price constraints as this is for a charity and SSD are still too expensive for what they are. So moving the .pst files seem to be the best bet to create the folder to store the IMAP .pst files in before setting the key using the ForcePSTPath key: although as I understand it this only works for accounts created after the key is set. So I intend to add an email account which is rarely used first and then change the registry.
    You can change the PST file path wherever and whenever you want within Outlook 365. No need to go registryediting anything.

    Just make sure the file is copied to the new location before editing.
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  • Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Home 64bit 1709.
    Thread Starter
       2 Weeks Ago #9

    slicendice said: View Post
    You can change the PST file path wherever and whenever you want within Outlook 365. No need to go registryediting anything.

    Just make sure the file is copied to the new location before editing.
    I'm afraid I am not familiar on how to carry out your suggestion. Perhaps you would be so kind as to set out the steps I need to do to achieve what you suggest.
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  • Posts : 2,739
    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.1 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       2 Weeks Ago #10

    scopio said: View Post
    I'm afraid I am not familiar on how to carry out your suggestion. Perhaps you would be so kind as to set out the steps I need to do to achieve what you suggest.
    Sure, give me some time and I make a short tutorial with pictures.
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