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    Symbolic links and defragging

    Quick question for anyone in the know!

    If i defrag my HDD with symbolic links to files on my SSD, will the defrag follow the links to retrieve info, or is it solely concerned about the data on the HDD and properly ordering the data it has available?

    The reason i ask, is because my Steam library is on my WD Black HDD. However, for games that stream data a lot, i've moved files (the big files) off to my SSD. This is my primary concern as im splitting the data. Will it go after it?
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    Whats a symbolic link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keefy View Post
    No need to defrag the SSD.
    My point exactly, i don't want to defrag the SSD.

    However, my game files are split between drives.

    Example:
    Skyrim:
    Sound, scrpits, esp's etc are all on the HDD. The textures, meshes, BSA's etc are all on the SSD.

    Arma is technically still in the steam folder on my HDD, but all the files are actually on my SSD.
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    YOu know you can easily create your own steam library on your SSD.

    Steam>> settings>> Downloads

    Not sure if it allows you to move already downloaded games to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keefy View Post
    YOu know you can easily create your own steam library on your SSD.

    Steam>> settings>> Downloads
    Yeah, but steam libraries are freaking huge, and SSD cost an arm, tooth, left testicle, and your first born per gigabyte.

    It's a waste when most games suffice with the standard HDD. However, the 'bigger' open world games that stream content in and out of memory benefit from SSD's in real time, so i only really need these games to sit on the SSD. hence, saving me space, and money

    EDIT:
    I have a 250GB SSD for steam games, and a 1TB HDD for my steam library....

    My other drives are my boot SSD, and my data HDD where i save all my work, backups etc.
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    You can pick and choose which games go where.


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    yeah, but i already had these downloaded when i decided to move them

    I don't know how steam does it, but all my games are still in the steam folder, so it makes navigating the game files much easier. The game files, however, i have moved...which is why im asking about what defragging will do?

    EDIT:
    Quote Originally Posted by keefy View Post
    Whats a symbolic link?
    It's like a shortcut that will lead whatever accessing it to the actual destination of the source.

    So in my steam library, i simply moved the ARMA folder (and all of its files) to my SSD, and created a link to that location in the steam folder.

    So when the program searches for files, it thinks it's in the default steam folder, but actually it's looking through my SSD - and since SSD's are super fast, it gets the data off very quickly.

    Microsoft doesn't technically condone Symbolic linking, but since i don't plan on using it for any System files, i'm not too bothered. If i lose game files i can always re-download them.

    Also, how the hell does my first quote of your post not even closely resemble what you posted!?
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