:E as default but boot from :C?

January 8, 2011 at 20:48:37
Specs: Windows 7, phenom IIX4/4GB
I recently installed a 64gb kingston SSD to use as a boot drive, I also have a 500gb WD hard drive. I installed windows 7 on the SSD and then installed the hard drive. Everything installed correctly and works great my only problem is that by default,things like drivers and new programs automatically get saved on the C drive, which is my 64gb SSD that I only want strictly dedicated to housing the operating system.

Is there a way that I can switch my E drive ( 500gb WD HDD) to be the default drive so whenever anything gets installed it automatically goes there?

Is it possible to move windows native folders like "program files", "user" ect to the :E?

Is it possible to block anything from being installed on the C drive (SSD)

Any answer would be very much appreciated.

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January 8, 2011 at 21:18:41
Drivers have to reside on the operating system disk but when you install programs, most windows installers give you the option to change the default destination at the time of installation. You cannot alter the "default" destination at your end simply because the program writers build the default "Operating System Drive" ( most use C ) destination into their installer package. You have to alter the destination each time.
Then there are the lazy software developers who make no provision for alternate destinations for their programs. Not a whole lot you can do about them.

Why are you concerned to move default windows folders off a 64gb drive? Surely Windows bare only takes up about 5gb. After about 4 years of installing stuff on my own C drive it is only up to 58gb and I haven't used any alternate destination for any installed programs. If you select your E drive for program installation just leave windows to take care of it's own default folders and you will never get anywhere near filling the C drive.

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January 9, 2011 at 08:32:10
Ya I figured I would just have to change the location every time I installed something, I was just hoping there was another way. I wanted to move the default folders just to keep the C drive as bare as possible but I guess you're right and they really don't take up to much space

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