Changing default install drive

steveox152

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So I recently built a new computer and installed a OCZ Vertex SSD. I loaded Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit onto the SSD. I was able to change my User directory from the SSD to my regular hard drive using tips from the forums. I am still having trouble changing my default installation drive from my C:\ drive (SSD) to my A:\ (HDD). The link in the useful SSD links thread did not work for this issue. I would like to do this before I install to much onto my computer so I minimize my risk of messing up certain programs.

Or is it easier to just change the location every time I try to install something? Curious what peoples opinions are when it comes to loading the OS onto a SSD with limited space.

Thanks
 
I never found the need to default it since I always specify the path myself anyway. As an example every install just wants to go in a program folder but I like the default folder for games to be "games" what ever drive I decide to install on.
 

steveox152

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Ok so I tried this method and it doesnt seem to work. It just installs to C:\ still. Im assuming that I need to restart my computer after I change the registry. That still does not help. It worked perfectly for my User folders. Program files is just giving me problems.

The only thing that I noticed was after changing the path to the A:\ instead of C:\ it would not let me open program shortcuts that were in C:\. It would tell me the path from A:\ did not exsist. So in that respect it worked.

So really the only problem is getting programs to install onto the A:\
 

steveox152

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Ok so I tried this method and it doesnt seem to work. It just installs to C:\ still. Im assuming that I need to restart my computer after I change the registry. That still does not help. It worked perfectly for my User folders. Program files is just giving me problems.

The only thing that I noticed was after changing the path to the A:\ instead of C:\ it would not let me open program shortcuts that were in C:\. It would tell me the path from A:\ did not exsist. So in that respect it worked.

So really the only problem is getting programs to install onto the A:\
 

fantastik250

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What kind of programs? The best method is to custom install into your other drive (HDD). As far as windows updates is concerned it will update where your OS is.

I also read that you can change the registry. But, it doesn't seem to work in your case.