Answer Line: Move data files from an SSD to a hard drive
PoloTiger has a solid state drive and a hard drive, and the SSD is near full. What's the best way to both move data files to the hard drive?
PC World - PoloTiger has both a solid state drive and a hard drive, and the SSD is almost full. What's the best way to both move data files to the hard drive and make Windows understand that that's where they belong?
You're doing the right thing. To my mind, putting Windows and your programs on an SSD, and your data files on a traditional hard drive, gives you the best balance of speed and storage space. See The Best of Both Worlds: An SSD and a HDDA for details.
But that earlier article failed to address how to move your documents, music, and other data files to the hard drive. I'm making up for that here.
I'm starting out with three assumptions about your computer. First, that you've currently got everything--Windows, programs, and your libraries--on your SSD. Second, you're running either Windows 7 or 8. And finally, that the SSD is drive C:, and the hard drive D:. If I'm guessing wrong about the drive letter, simply adjust the instructions below accordingly.
Start by opening your user profile folder. In Windows 7, click Start, then click your logon name in the upper-right corner of the Start menu. If you're using Windows 8, open File Explorer, click the long field just below the ribbon (it probably says "Libraries"), type %userprofile%, and press ENTER.
Once there, move your Documents folder: Right-click My Documents and select Properties. Click the Location tab. Change the location, basically replacing "C:\Users" with d:\. In other words, if the line reads C:\Users\PoloTiger\Documents, change it to D:\PoloTiger\Documents.
When you click OK, you'll have to confirm a few things, and yes, you do want to move the files. Windows will move them, but be patient--it could take awhile.
Repeat with any other folders you want to move, such as Music, Pictures, and Videos.
One problematic folder is AppData, which you won't even see unless you've told Windows to show you hidden files and folders. You don't really want to move AppData, because that confuses Windows.
However, you can move the AppData\Local folder, and that probably contains most of the files in AppData. From inside your user profile folder, click the address bar near the top of the window. It will probably say something like C:\Users\yourlogon. Simply add \appdata to that and press ENTER. Then right-click the Local folder and change the location as described above.
Read the original forum discussion.
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- Using VM Archiving to Solve VM Sprawl This CommVault whitepaper discusses how archiving virtual machines can mitigate VM sprawl with a comprehensive approach to VM lifecycle management.
- Keep Your Network Available, Efficient and Secure Make the most of your network by working with experts who "get it." CDW and F5 have partnered to keep networks highly optimized....
- VCE Converged Infrastructure Enables Continuous Operation for Swiss Power Plant Read how Vblock™ Systems, running in active-active mode, enabled KKL to transform its twin data centers in just two months, enable continuous operations,...
- The Future of IT: A Customer First Approach Explore how customer-first policies can make use of social, mobile and cloud technologies to give workers the freedom and flexibility they desire to...
- Make or Break: New Auto Products Must Go To Market On Time This Webcast quantifies the value of time to market for the auto industry and highlights how Primavera Enterprise Portfolio Management can help organizations.
- IBM Flash Webcast: Optimizing your Datacenter for Efficient Storage & ROI Register for this webcast to learn the benefits of flash storage from IBM Customer, Leonardo Irastorza of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd and Storage... All Data Storage White Papers | Webcasts