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Windows 8 Consumer Preview, SSD + HDD Installation

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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview, SSD + HDD Installation


    I've searched all over and couldn't find any information on the topic.

    With Windows 7, I have the following setup. The C drive is a 128gb SSD, which has Windows installed to it. The D drive is a typical HDD which has the Users folder.

    I set up this arrangement by following installation instructions that involved using the Autounnattend.xml and the OOBE mode during the install. If you are familiar with this set up, it involved using the following:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="catalog://server/wim/pro x86/install_windows 7 professional.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

    My questions are:

    Does Windows 8 benefit from something like this?

    Is it possible to have the majority of my writes go the HDD instead of my SSD?

    Should I just install Windows 8 to the SSD and manually move things to the HDD?

    I like how the Users folder is on a HDD.

    Anyone running a similar setup that has any advice?

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    You did not say what ssd you have bud.

    There is really no need to move anything to the D drive imho. You will not wear out the ssd drive. W8 also has drive optimizer, which can be put on a regular schedule.

    When running it, it says trimming the drive, so force trim any time you want it.
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    Sorry about that.

    Its an Intel 510

    It is nice to have the documents and desktop all "routed" to a traditional disk.
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    I am using two Intel 520's in R0, so I have no trim at all. I don't move any files off C drive in an effort to maintain performance.

    The drives are more than capable of keeping up with newer FW's.

    Having said that I am sure it is probably just a difference in how W8 runs that prevents that script from working. With the correct command it should be relatively easy to move some of the data to D drive.
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    Sounds good. Thanks for your help!
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    I have routed my pictures, music, documents etc to my "d" drive and away from "c" drive which is a 256 Gb Crucial M4.
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    How did you do it?
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    Moving files off "c" drive

    if you open c drive, then open users and go to your user name you will have the documents, pictures, download folders etc all there. Right click on them and go to properties. Under the location tab you get the option to move thee folder to where you want it.

    Hope this helps
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    Vista and Win7

    I never change the default location of a user folder. I make new folders for Documents, Pictures, etc. in a partition of the HDD. I then right click on those folders and INCLUDE them into the appropriate library. Then I move all my user data to those HDD folders.

    Advantage of that approach is that I get a clear separation of my own folders and those that are created by the system or some programs.

    And don't worry about the write operations to the SSD. You are not going to wear this SSD out in the few years you care to keep it.
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  10. #10

    I'm with WHS on this one - the "Library" feature is very good (once you get the hang of it!)

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