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Program Installation "C" or "E"? - Performance Question

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Sign_Boy, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. Sign_Boy

    Sign_Boy Major Contributor

    May 18, 2007
    Hi all,
    I recently had to reinstall windows 7 pro on my system and I'm in the process of reinstalling all my software. Does anyone know if it would help increase performance if I installed Flexi, Adobe CS5 and other programs on a drive other than the "C" drive. My "E" drive is empty and has 245GB. "C" only has 150 free out of 195. Any thoughts on this or advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks !!!

  2. Solventinkjet

    Solventinkjet DIY Printer Fixing Guide

    Aug 2, 2011
    Denver, CO
    Usually the more space you have open on a drive that is processing the files the better. That being said, unless the E drive is a solid state drive it probably won't have a noticeable performance difference.
  3. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

    Sep 27, 2010
    Mid TN
    If the C: drive is a SSD and the E: drive is not, it may take a performance hit if install on the E: drive. If they are both SSDs, then probably won't see a difference other then locations.

    However, be mindful where programs (such as Ps) use their scratch disk. I don't know if by default they use the drive that is associated with the program or if they use C: as the default as I have only ever installed these programs on the C: drive.

    So if you are space conscious with the C: drive, may want to make sure about the location of scratch disks. Some are cleaned out when the program closes, some you have to clean out yourself manually.
  4. jfiscus

    jfiscus Map Wraster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    Install everything on the C drive, but don't use it for anything else. After you install your programs, set your scratch disks to use E first, then C. Store all your files on a network drive (backed up). Run CCleaner drive cleanup software weekly.
  5. Sign_Boy

    Sign_Boy Major Contributor

    May 18, 2007
    Thank you everyone for the replies. I greatly appreciate it !!

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