I always just use a bootable thumbdrive or bootable cd containing PARTIMAGE for backup/restore of my win7 partition. Try it sometimes ! its less headache !
Oh, I will for sure and thanks for the suggestion. I have a WHS2 box that backs all the other boxes up, but I still want some experience in how Windows handles itself on backups and restoring from them so I still allow at least one to do it's OEM thing. I'm looking for other backup plans as I really don't like how WHS is being disregarded and may not continue after this release, I haven't had a single good experience using backup software restore environments (sure I'm backed up, but I can't use the environment to get it back), and I just don't like the idea of a cloud ideal to restore TB's of data. I'm caller #2 (I'm told) on a tech show this weekend that's sponsored by Carbonite, so I kind of assume I know where it's going to go and may just skip that call all together. I don't want backup as much as I want imaging. Whole different topic :p
Move the user's directory
. Most of the temporary data and saved data for running programs goes into your user's folder. Though keep in mind that if you have a program that has a lot of files in it, it will take longer to start up.
That's a good one I always fail to suggest as I undermine it as common knowledge in my own builds. What's cool about 7 is that you can just right click on some stuff and can just point these libraries to other drives other than C:/.
When kept very simple, you can have a small SSD (yours is huge...yes I said it) where programs and the OS reside and store stagnant files (media) on a spindle and not effect the SSD at all. Right click "documents" and move it. Right click "movies" and move it. Same with music and the rest of the stuff that don't need SSD speeds and are better off with capacity. What gets tricky is the hacks that actually trick Windows into thinking Documents have moved and treated as root, such as the Users files and profiles. I've tried every walk through and it's just always been flaky. What's even more weird is that I've only attempted this because everything likes the basic right-click/change folder method inside the Windows GUI besides Microsoft programs themselves. It was FlightSim X that had me pulling hair and uses a lot of space in the /user directory, but it was also a game
built before this consideration and wasn't aware that Win7 was going to change things up. However, every game I install has profiles on the spindle but Microsoft applications insist to install on C:/users vise where I've manually pointed them to be installed. Don't get me started on the new Office that really isn't even on my computer...but in the fluffy stinking cloud.
*Sigh* Just follow directions letter by letter if you want to move directories and where "stuff" should be stored. I messed it all up an each attempt, but I more than likely didn't follow directions to the T.