Minor Windows 8 annoyance on SSD

Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system performs well on my SSD-equipped desktop computer.

It takes around 34 seconds to boot.

Not be as fast as a tablet maybe, but nothing like the walk to the kitchen and make a cup of tea while waiting for the computer to start days of booting Windows 7 from a hard drive.

There are, however, annoyances with the way Windows 8 works with the SSD and hard drive.

Windows installed its standard libraries and folders on the SSD. It didn’t find them on the hard drive during the installation and automatically use the existing folders. Manually pointing each library to a folder on the hard drive is tiresome.

Fixing this in a later release would be a good idea. After all, the SSD plus hard drive combination is hardly exotic.

Even better would be something like Apple does with the latest version OSX where the operating system automatically decides the best place to store various files, the boundaries between the physical hard-drive and SSD effectively being invisible.

Likewise default folders are on the C: drive. So, when I scanned in some documents this morning, they didn’t get sent to the pictures library, but were automatically stored in a folder tucked away under the C: drive user folder. Hunting them down later was a chore.

This happens with most Windows 8 applications, they don’t look for libraries, they look for folders, so iTunes stores its data on the C: drive under C:/music and not in E:/Music. All the apps I installed did the same.

I’m no programmer or OS architect, but I suspect fixing this would be trivial.

3 thoughts on “Minor Windows 8 annoyance on SSD

  1. Do you have hibernate enabled in your desktop (from an elevated command prompt use powercfg -h on)… The fast boot uses parts of the hibernation subsystem to store the system status, and instead of recreating everything from the scratch it basically reloads the last status, then reset it – faster than a cold boot, but not quite hibernation.

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    • The computer can sleep and I think hybrid sleep is enabled. I suspect I’d need to tweak the bios to get hibernate to work. That’s a good idea, presumably modern Windows 8 systems don’t need constant rebooting to keep them sane.

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