I have a strange problem. Kindly suggest how to manage a SSD and an old HDD to save space. I bought the Sandisk UltraPlus 256 GB SSD for my operating system since I wanted to reduce my startup time and electricity bill as much as possible. The advantage was obvious. I love the fact that my computer now fully boots up in WELL UNDER 30 seconds where it took 2-3 minutes previously.
However, I’m unsure of how to set up my hard drives so that when i download /install/save something it will store on the older 1TB hard disk. I think everything is still going by default to the new SSD which is something I don’t want. I want the SSD exclusively for the Windows OS and drivers… any advice on how to do it?
I know how to manually save something to the 1TB drive if it asks me, but it doesn’t always do so and moreover I find it cumbersome that I need to keep doing it manually. Please advice.
– Shibu Chakraborty
First off let me congratulate you on your decision to get yourself a SSD and save a good amount of time. However since you did not specify any other specifications about your system configuration I am going by assumptions.
- To read my review of the Sandisk UltraPlus SSD click here.
In your case there is no need worry. There is an easy way out of this headache.
We need to alter the usage scenario a little bit. When you install Windows 7 or 8 there are a few folders that are created during setup by default such as PerfLogs, Program Files, Windows, ProgramData and Users.
This folder ‘Users’ is the “basket” of all user folders. When a new user account is created and the user logs in for the first time, Windows creates a set of user specific folders under >Users\Your New Username
What you have to do is to manually assign them a new folder in your old HDD and move all your files over to that folder.
How to change the location of default folders in Windows 7 and 8 (8.1) and save space.
I will start by giving the ‘Documents’ Folder as an example.
Step 1 – Start by first creating new folder named Documents in your old HDD.
Step 2 – Next – Click on Start Menu. Right-click on Documents> Properties.
Step 3 – Click on the ‘Location’ tab and click on ‘Move’-
Step 5 – Click on yes when it asks you whether you want to move your existing files (if any) to the new location.
That is it.
Remember to do this step for all the folders especially the Downloads, Music, Videos and Pictures. Hereafter your SSD will not be burdened by these folder data.
Info: The name that you use for the new folder will be what you see as the user folder name in the Start Menu, hence it would be a good idea to use the same name as the old user folder to avoid any confusion.
So for example – stick to ‘Documents’ name while creating a new folder in the old HDD. You need to do this for all the important folders in your User Folders list in the Start menu like Documents, Downloads, Music, Videos and Pictures.
Oh and did I tell you that you can also use an External SSD flash drive like this one – VisionTek USB Pocket SSD – with blazing read-write speeds?
Do let me know if my suggestions worked for you and share this page in case your friends need such tips!