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Which files should be left on (C) Boot drive and which files can be moved to (D)

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 M.2 512GB PCIe x4 SSD + 2TB 72 00 rpm Hard Drive  Having two drives (C) boot and (D) data drive. Which files need to be left on (C) boot drive and which files can be moved to (D) drive?

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Leave all the Windows OS files and installed app files on the SSD. You can move Windows' default folders, eg Documents, Photos, Music etc to the D drive.

And when you install new apps, use their "preferences" or "tools"or "options" settings (whatever it's called) to make them save their data on D drive.

Mozilla Firefox (browser) and Mozilla Thunderbird (email) -if you use either of them- have more complicated ways required to move their user profiles to the D drive, so look for instructions on the Mozilla site.

Ron

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Vic384
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In addition to what @RoHe wrote, in Windows 10, you can change the default locations where data is stored by going to All Settings | System | Storage | 'Change where new content is saved' (on the right) and change where new apps, new documents, etc. will be saved.  Existing apps, new documents, etc. will still remain in their current location unless you move them. If you have done this, some User Profile folders do not have the Location tab in Properties. For folders without Location tabs, the locations are stored in the Registry. 

Unless you setup default locations just moving files from c: to d: will not change where new data is stored.

 

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Re: Which files should be left on (C) Boot drive and which files can be moved to

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Leave all the Windows OS files and installed app files on the SSD. You can move Windows' default folders, eg Documents, Photos, Music etc to the D drive.

And when you install new apps, use their "preferences" or "tools"or "options" settings (whatever it's called) to make them save their data on D drive.

Mozilla Firefox (browser) and Mozilla Thunderbird (email) -if you use either of them- have more complicated ways required to move their user profiles to the D drive, so look for instructions on the Mozilla site.

Ron

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   I am not a Dell employee

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Vic384
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Re: Which files should be left on (C) Boot drive and which files can be moved to

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In addition to what @RoHe wrote, in Windows 10, you can change the default locations where data is stored by going to All Settings | System | Storage | 'Change where new content is saved' (on the right) and change where new apps, new documents, etc. will be saved.  Existing apps, new documents, etc. will still remain in their current location unless you move them. If you have done this, some User Profile folders do not have the Location tab in Properties. For folders without Location tabs, the locations are stored in the Registry. 

Unless you setup default locations just moving files from c: to d: will not change where new data is stored.

 

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ThetaRed
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Re: Which files should be left on (C) Boot drive and which files can be moved to

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Thank You

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