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How do I use my SSD and HDD at the same time?

by zrally38 / October 12, 2011 4:48 AM PDT

I have my OS on an SSD and the rest of my "stuff" on my HDD. I can boot just fine off of my SSD but also want to use the "stuff" (MS Office, iTunes...etc) on my HDD.
How do I do this?

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I wish
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 12, 2011 4:52 AM PDT

you had said this in your other post here;

So, you don't want to dual boot? I have locked the other thread then.

Stuff. Do you mean install software or just your personal files, like music, videos, photos, etc?

If you mean software, then see if it will install onto the HDD. Some software insists on installing on the root drive.

If you mean your personal data, just move it across.


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Thanks Mark
by VitruvianDude / October 12, 2011 11:04 PM PDT
In reply to: I wish

For instance, I have my iTunes shortcut on my HDD but I am booting from my SSD. I would like to be able to somehow click on the shortcut and have iTunes open while using my SSD as primary and HDD as secondary. I hope I am using the correct wording.

<div>To some it up, I would like to use all of the shortcuts on my HDD after I have booted from my SSD. If that makes any sense what so ever.

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I have to say
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 13, 2011 5:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Mark

Sorry but I am not at all sure what you mean.

If iTunes is installed on this computer, do you know where it is installed? An iTunes shortcut isn't the software itself, it is just a shortcut that points to the software in the folder where it is installed. So where the shortcut is should not make any difference.

In any case, all my program shortcuts are on my Desktop, or in my Start Menu > All programs listing.

Let's be clear. When you install software it will be installed on a hard drive. Whether that hard drive is an SSD or whether it is the older spinning HDD is not relevant. If a system has two hard drives installed and connected inside the case, then it may be possible to install software on either hard drive. It may not be possible. Some software, (I can think of Adobe software and possibly Microsoft Office, but I might be in error there), will insist that their software is installed on the C Drive.

The C Drive is where the operating system is installed, in your case this is the SSD.

So, some software can be installed on a different drive. Some cannot. The installation process will often offer you the chance to change the 'default' installation location. If it does then you can try and install the software on the other drive. But it might fail, or you may not even get that option.

Shortcuts to these application will often be made, but those shortcuts are placed either on the Desktop or in the Start Menu, or even both.

That is software. But personal data, like music, documents, photos, videos, etc, they can be stored wherever you like, on either drive.


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by VitruvianDude / October 13, 2011 10:38 AM PDT
In reply to: I have to say

Sorry for the confusing wording. Thanks very much for your help Mark.

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Was your "stuff" ...
by Edward ODaniel / October 13, 2011 3:16 PM PDT

already installed on the Hard drive BEFORE adding the SSD drive or did you install it AFTER installing the SSD drive and operating system?

If it was installed BEFORE the SSD drive then you will need to re-install the applications to use them with the OS you have installed on the SSD drive. If you installed them after installing the SSD drive and OS then you should be able to use the applications simply by clicking or double clicking the application icon.

Without you giving us some DETAILS we are left guessing as to what you did and what the problem and solution might then be.

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