One of the things I needed to do after upgrading my desktop computer to the latest–and–greatest was to make some changes because I installed a Solid State Drive (SSD) instead of a normal hard drive as my C: boot drive.
One of the most important one was to move any kind of frequently–changing files from the SSD to the normal (mechanical) drive that I installed as E: (D: is my DVD-writer).
Why is that important? The problem is that SSD’s suffer from a problem that is not one the mechanical, electromagnetic drives have. SSD memory locations have a much more limited life and can only stand so many writes before that spot on the SSD fails.
So, the smart thing to do is to make Internet Explorer store its temporary files somewhrere other than the SSD.
The first step is to open Internet Explorer’s Internet Properties dialog box. If you have Internet Explorer open, then from the Menu Bar, choose Tools, then Internet Options (if the Menu Bar isn’t displayed, press and release the Alt key to display it so you can choose the Tools item).
If you don’t have Internet Explorer open, you can open the Control Panel from the Start Menu, then select Network and Internet, then Internet Options.
Either way opens the same Internet Options dialog box.
On the General tab, notice the Browsing History section has a Settings button.
Click on the Settings button. This will open the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings dialog box.
Notice the Current Location of the Temporary Internet Files. In my case, before moving it, it was on C:. Specifically, it was C:\Users\tas\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\.
Now, click the Move Folder… button. This will open the Browse for Folder dialog box (below), which allws you to pick the new location that you want Windows to use.
Notice that I’m going to use my E: drive, which is a Hitachi 1 terabyte hard drive.
Notice the would–be helpful thing that’s missing from the Browse for Folder dialog box. Microsoft uses (and reuses) this same code in multiple programs to allow you to pick a location.
Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to create a location in the same dialog box. There’s no button to create a new folder.
I wanted to store the Temporary Internet Files in a corresponding location to where they were stored on C:, so I created the directory Users, then subdirectory tas, then subdirectory AppData, Local, Microsoft, Windows, Temporary Internet Files.
Have you spotted my mistake yet? It’s more evident in the next image…
I wanted to put the Temporary Internet Files at the end of that subdirectory chain, just as it was on C:
However, when I made the subdirectory Temporary Internet Files, that was one too many. I told Windows to move the subdirectory Temporary Internet Files from where it was on C: and move it into the subdirectory Temporary Internet Files on E:.
Below, you can see the final result.
Sure enough, on E:, at the end of the directory chain, I’ve got a subdirectory Temporary Internet Files within a subdirectory Temporary Internet Files.
I’ll fix that now that I’ve spotted the issue. It’s not really a problem — Windows and IE work fine that way, but it’s not the way I wanted the structure.