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I just purchased a new Sager NP9130. I am putting a 64GB mSATA SSD in it for the windows boot, as well as a 256GB SSD for all of my software, and lastly a 500GB Hybrid Drive for all of my files.

I don't have the computer yet, so I am trying to figure this all out before it gets to me.

I want to install windows on the mSATA drive so it will have fast boot times, but make it so the user folder (usually C:\Users) will be on the HDD (so it would be something like G:\Users). That way when I drop a file on the desktop it will be stored on the "G:" HDD, not my mSATA drive.

The other thing I want to do is put my "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" folders on the 256GB SSD, but I think I can just change the install path when I install my software, right?

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Check out the first answer in this MS Answers thread: Win7: how do I move user folder to a different drive

  • nice user icon, btw. – Sponge Bob Aug 22 '12 at 18:28
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This is actually quite simple, using symlinks:

  1. Install windows as you would do normally.
  2. Move the Users folder to the desired destination.
  3. Make a symlink to the Users folder. Run mklink /D "C:\Users" "G:\Users" in the commandline.

Repeat step 2 and 3 with the Program Files folder.

  • Thanks, and I might do this for the Program Files folders, but I like the idea of actually changing the location during setup as @ChrlieRB showed in the comments. – Sponge Bob Aug 21 '12 at 20:59

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