Hey all. I need all your genius minds and help here. Bought a new Dell PC running Win10 w/ two drives: 128GB SSD + 1 TB HDD. After deleting the bloatware (which was surprisingly minimal), I have about 67GB of free space. This is minimal free space with just necessary drivers on C:\.
I tried installing a few basic programs but they all kept installing on C:\ drive. Even the ones that allowed me to "choose installation folder" on my 2nd drive, there took up some residual space on C:\ via User cache, App settings, etc.
My plan for using this computer was mostly light office and image editing. I don't need to install that many programs overall, but it is just frustrating that a lot of main programs such as Chrome, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office, etc. have to be installed by C:\ by default since it doesn't specify where you can install them, and thus that takes up space quickly. I was hoping to find solution that would involve me using the SSD space for boot up only and having everything else (including the Users/AppData/Program Files folders) on the HDD.
After doing my research, I realize I have only a few ways to solve this problem:
1) Continue doing what I am doing now, which is doing my best to install as few as possible programs on C:\ and reserve HDD for media/data/games/other programs that actually LET you CHOOSE and STORE content on that drive. Simply changing the "Storage" settings in Win10 to the new HD doesn't actually change anything because programs still want to dump and install in the C:\ regardless.
2) Use applications that act as Junction or Symbolic Link creators to divert installation and/or cache folders/files to my 2nd HD. This is actually problematic for me due to the sheer amount of programs I eventually would like to install but simply can't "Create a one-touch link of all Program Files" to the new HD. This method is also very confusing and tedious.
3) Perhaps re-installing Win10 with a clean installation without the Dell pre-configured stuff (which is not an issue since I do not have anything installed at this point), and maybe figure out a way to partition the SDD just for booting and minor storage purposes and then using the 2nd HD with the User/Program Files, so every single program will be installed there? Or something like that. Not sure how this would work or what I would need to do to even make this possible. I don't mind if this was a possible option my PC has nothing on it and installing wouldn't take too long. Just not sure how to make this work.
Or if there's any other ideas or recommendations on how to achieve this with ease? Thanks.