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How to save space on Solid State Drives (SSDs) in Windows 8 - Part 6

Description: This is a technical article on the topic of saving space on Solid State Drives. Part Six covers moving Installed Programs.

The purpose of this article series is to show how to save space on Solid State drives, which are typically smaller than standard hard drives. In this article we will use a secondary hard drive, presumed to be larger than the solid state drive, as sort of a repository, so we may move files from the faster SSD drive to the bigger standard hard drive.

Installing Programs
Windows also sets the default install path for programs to the same drive where Windows is installed. Some programs can be very large in size; these programs (or most programs for that matter) can be installed to the data drive as well to save the space on the smaller SSD. This article will show you the process involved with installing programs to your data drive D:\. This configuration may differ per system, so make sure the drive letters are right with your system.

  1. Click on the downloaded program icon. Or if you are loading from a disc auto play will come up and start the install.
    Windows 8 Desktop, Program Installation File
  2. Typically we would want to click on Next.
    Program Installation Wizard
  3. To install a program on the secondary drive, watch the prompts during the install. Sometimes the program will show the installation path and will have a button to change the location. Other programs may hide the installation path in the Advanced or Custom installation options. Choose the Advanced or Custom option and watch for the opportunity to change the location.
    Program Installation Wizard
  4. In the example above we would want to change the C to a D. It is best to keep everything else the same to keep things organized and as similar as if we were installing them on C. Once we have changed the install directory to the correct drive letter click on Next to continue with the install.
    Program Installation Wizard

*Note: Already installed programs cannot just be moved to the secondary drive. These programs will need to be uninstalled and then reinstalled to the secondary drive. To uninstall a program from the Start Screen type the name of the program, right click on the icon and select uninstall from the bottom of the screen.

Windows 8 Program or App Uninstall from Start Screen

This article is part 6 of a 6 part series.

Part 1 of this set, Paging File, can be found here.

Part 2 of this set, Disabling Hibernation, can be found here.

Part 3 of this set, System Restore, can be found here.

Part 4 of this set, Indexing Files, can be found here.

Part 5 of this set, User Directory Location, can be found here.