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May 14, 2024 15:51:49   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
This is indirectly photo-related. My new to me computer came with 2 hard drives! The 1st one w/the least amt of storage contains all the main stuff to run the computer plus whatever I load on there. The 2nd one is larger & I manually load my photos there because I filled up the 1st drive almost immediately. My question is how do I get stuff to automatically jump to the 2nd drive? I was told by the guy who set up the computer that this should happen automatically. I am obviously not computer literate so simple explanations would sure help. Many thanks.

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May 14, 2024 16:03:39   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
There are different kinds of hard drives. More modern machines with 2 drives tend to have a somewhat smaller solid state drive (SSD) plus a traditional spinning platter drive. The usual suggested plan is to leave the smaller drive, which is much faster, for program storage and to put images on the larger but slower drive. Then you use a separate external drive as your first backup.

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May 14, 2024 16:39:03   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
Orphoto wrote:
There are different kinds of hard drives. More modern machines with 2 drives tend to have a somewhat smaller solid state drive (SSD) plus a traditional spinning platter drive. The usual suggested plan is to leave the smaller drive, which is much faster, for program storage and to put images on the larger but slower drive. Then you use a separate external drive as your first backup.


That's pretty much the set up I have. What happens when the smaller, faster drive fills up?

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May 14, 2024 16:56:12   #
alvin3232 Loc: Houston, TX
 
Hi
Without knowing all the particulars I would reach out to the guy that set up your PC and ask him how it was set up and how is the data set up to move data from drive C to drive D.

Al

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May 14, 2024 17:07:42   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
alvin3232 wrote:
Hi
Without knowing all the particulars I would reach out to the guy that set up your PC and ask him how it was set up and how is the data set up to move data from drive C to drive D.

Al


Thanks, guess I'll have to contact him. I appreciate your input.

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May 14, 2024 17:20:21   #
alvin3232 Loc: Houston, TX
 
Hello again

My main reason is that he knows your computer setup better than anyone and would be able to assist you better. Either he setup an option to move your data to your second drive or maybe it's not set up that way. I work on computers all day but it's better to know the setup. I could give options on what to do but that would change your setup if your computer already has something in place. Or it would be better to know your PC setup. Windows 10, Windows 11, etc.

Al

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May 14, 2024 17:50:03   #
BebuLamar
 
If he set up so that the libraries is in the second larger drive then likely what you save would go there. By libraries I mean the Documents, Pictures, Download folders.

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May 14, 2024 18:39:07   #
TonyP Loc: New Zealand
 
Orphoto wrote:
There are different kinds of hard drives. More modern machines with 2 drives tend to have a somewhat smaller solid state drive (SSD) plus a traditional spinning platter drive. The usual suggested plan is to leave the smaller drive, which is much faster, for program storage and to put images on the larger but slower drive. Then you use a separate external drive as your first backup.


Exactly right. Well exactly the way I set up my laptop. Programs on the faster SSD.
Any 'data' you have previously saved in the drive with all your programmes should be moved to the other drive. (Any data you move may not be found by the Program associated with the data now, however you know where it is, so just amend that when you open the Program (app).

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May 14, 2024 19:07:55   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
Tracey. For the most part you really don't load up lots of new programs. If for instance your SSD is 500 GB, it's likely you will never fill it with programs. Now, those photographers with piles of fat photo files will fill up drives, and that's why you put those on larger, but slower drives.

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May 14, 2024 19:44:45   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
spaceytracey wrote:
That's pretty much the set up I have. What happens when the smaller, faster drive fills up?

Our new desktop came with a 521GB SSD system disk (C:), and a 1TB disk (D:).
All my "data" except stuff in the "Documents" folder goes on D:.
I added the 2TB from the old desktop to the new computer, so I now also have E: for data also.
I swapped the drive assignments making D: the 2TB, and E: the 1TB.

I try to keep the system disk only for system stuff and software, and "documents".
Photos, music, genealogy files, and everything else goes on D:.

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May 14, 2024 23:23:48   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
Orphoto wrote:
Tracey. For the most part you really don't load up lots of new programs. If for instance your SSD is 500 GB, it's likely you will never fill it with programs. Now, those photographers with piles of fat photo files will fill up drives, and that's why you put those on larger, but slower drives.


That's what I've been doing. The main drive is 111GB while the 2nd one is 1.8T.

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May 14, 2024 23:25:12   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
Longshadow wrote:
Our new desktop came with a 521GB SSD system disk (C:), and a 1TB disk (D:).
All my "data" except stuff in the "Documents" folder goes on D:.
I added the 2TB from the old desktop to the new computer, so I now also have E: for data also.
I swapped the drive assignments making D: the 2TB, and E: the 1TB.

I try to keep the system disk only for system stuff and software, and "documents".
Photos, music, genealogy files, and everything else goes on D:.
Our new desktop came with a 521GB SSD system disk ... (show quote)


Gottcha. Thanks.

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May 15, 2024 07:22:20   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
 
With out regard to your details there are be safe suggestions to follow. Yes one for photos and one for the system, but you need to have backups... just in case... there are free backup ... clone drive programs.

Some use continous... but if a virus infects your drives it infects your backup... one semivirus is MS Updates... sorry folks we screw up your computer, it happens.

I have a dual hot-swap chamber... put a backup drive in there and copy your drives... one chamber is a larger drive for photos.
Dual "2.5 inch Hot Swap Mobile Rack , Hot Swap Safety Lock HDD Caddy Bracket Cage" Amazon $50
Backup drives are removed and put in a safe place. Be Wise.

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May 15, 2024 07:38:31   #
mtino312 Loc: Pennsylvania
 
I make sure after installing any new software / programs that I open said programs and set the default file Open and Save locations to my larger D drive. Easy to do usually under preferences. Then cut and paste all files that are on the C drive to the new location. Might need to update the program that file locations have changed.

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May 15, 2024 09:42:21   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
spaceytracey wrote:
That's what I've been doing. The main drive is 111GB while the 2nd one is 1.8T.


If you mean that your “main” (C:) drive is 111GB total (not remaining usable space), then you need to address that. If correct, the machine must have come with a 125GB SSD, which is surprisingly small. That’s going to become a major problem as time goes by. Your C: drive is where your OS (windows), applications (programs) and program data resides. When that gets full, it will hurt the performance and limits your ability to do Windows updates (important for security) and the ability to add new applications or update existing ones. Your first step when you address where your data will be placed with your “computer guy” is to have that replaced witch at LEAST a 250GB SSD, and the cost differences for a 500GB (which is the preferred size) is minimal. Since you say that you’re not computer literate, have your guy do the clone and replace that small drive. And shame on him if he sold you a machine with a 125GB C: drive.

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