Moving my Program files from SSD Drive to my 2nd Hard Drive


I have just purchased a new computer, it has 2 hard drives. one is a 32 GB SSD which was meant for Windows OS only and the other is a 1 TB SATA-2 which was for all other files and programs.


Now Because my SSD is the default drive; the Program files, Program Files (x86)  and the users folder are all located on C:. this meaning that when I install a program and am not prompted to select a destination folder, it will automatically end up on C: instead of E:.  Is it possible for me to relocate these 3 folders from the C: to the E: and ensure that the E: then becomes the default drive.  


I have been told if too many files are installed on my SSD that it will slow down my PC, and programs like AVG internet security don't let me install to a preferred hard drive. so ATM im running internet without any security.


Could anyone please help me with this issue.





Change Default Installation Directory In Windows 7 & Vista


Some ideas :

Put the Pagefile on the other drive - let Windows handle it (do not disable it or reduce the size as
many are incorrectly proposing).

Performance Boost: Move Page File to Another Physical Drive


I would still install the major programs on the SSD since it will affect their speed/performance.
 Maybe if you have rarely used programs or trials put those on the other drive.


Of course put your data folders and files on the other drive. Keep copies of the important data
on the SSD as backups to the working data on the other drive.

References to Vista also apply to Windows 7.

How to Change the Default Location of Windows 7 User Folders (Check the Related Tutorials)

How to Restore the Default Location of Windows 7 User Folders (Check the Related Tutorials)

How to Allow or Prevent Users to Move their User Folders to a New Location (Check the Related Tutorials)

Move or Change Vista Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, Games and Other Personal Folders Location

Redirect a folder to a new location (Windows 7)

Redirect a folder to a new location (Vista)

Move your user files and folders to another partition

How to Restore a Missing Personal User Folder in Vista


ReadyBoost can also reduce the wear on the SSD and provide up 256 Gigs of cache spread
over up to 8 drives.

Windows 7 ReadyBoost will support 8 drives and a total of 256 Gigs. For each device - The device
must have an access time of 1 ms or less. The device must be capable of 2.5 MB/s read speeds for
4 KB random reads spread uniformly across the entire device, and 1.75 MB/s write speeds for 512
KB random writes spread uniformly across the device.

Understand ReadyBoost and whether it will Speed Up your System

More information that might help :


What is ReadyBoost

Explore the features: Windows ReadyBoost

many lie or at least stretch the truth. Look at the drive ratings below and buy
one that you know is FAST.

Remember the max readyboost cache is 4 gig Vista & 256 Gig Windows 7. If your device
is over that you can use it for storage. And you need a fast drive.

ReadyBoost - Flash Memory Speed List

How to Find ReadyBoost Speed Rating

USB Flash Drive Speed Tests - Any Drive Size - link to USBDeview Utility

Publish a speed test of your USB flash drive - also link to the USBDeview utility

Keep tabs on ReadyBoost with Windows 7's Performance Monitor

Monitoring ReadyBoost on Windows 7

Hope this helps.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle <- Mark Twain said it right.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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