Setting up new install of windows 7 on ssd

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I need to do a new install of windows 7 on bigger ssd drive.

I am looking for step by step instructions on setting it up so that C:/Users and C:/Programs install to a 2TER HD.

I did this previously but can't find the instructions and made the mistake of not keeping a backup of both drives. I had to move to a bigger ssd and the main HD failed and I had to have all the data restored to another drive.
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http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssdzone/tutorials/installing_windows_7.html

some instructions on here


This doesn't really say anything about installing the C:/Users and C:/Programs to a different drive or folder.

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My Intel came with an imaging program that is actually Acronis true image home and I just imaged the drive and restored to SSD. This allowed me to downsize to fit the ssd.

If you have Acronis plus pack then you can restore to any drive and resize partition as needed.
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I have Acronis now. Unfortunately the damage was done and when windows tried to load and coudn't find the desktop, user files and programs i was toast.

It worked perfect setting it up before I just can't find the instructions on how to set it up again.

Once I do I will set Acronis to auto image both the ssd and the HD so if I have a problem again I can restore all

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perhaps boot with a Bitdefender CD(Linux) and copy files to usb stick? I've done that
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/36677/how-to-use-the-bitdefender-rescue-cd-to-clean-your-infected-pc/

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I am doing a clean install of windows 7 on an ssd drive and want to put C:/Users and C:/Programs onto a different drive separate from the ssd. I am not trying to save anything.
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Here's two links for doing what you want.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
http://www.tech-forums.net/pc/f127/redirecting-program-files-program-files-x86-vista-win7-245289/

However, if it were me I would probably try to use NTFS junctions rather than doing all the registry editing.  Haven't tested it out though to make sure there's no incompatibility with symbolic links that already exist.

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Definite better to clean install. My boot was lousy doing clone

Ok I see now thought the drive had quit booting
heres a good link but for me too much trouble
http://www.bbearren.com/set7free/set7free.html

I save all my files on second drive and leave nothing in those default places. Just involves setting save locations for everything.
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http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/microsoft-public-windows-vista-installation-setup/11016-how-move-program-files-another-drive-partition.html
You can boot the machine from Windows 7 installation DVD and perform the commands shown here.
Or use this graphic interface tool: http://www.rekenwonder.com/linkmagic.htm

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I was able to find the correct instructions using the links you provided

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