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May 15, 2024 10:40:59   #
photoman43
 
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.


This is likely how your new computer is set up. But there is a chance it has only one drive with two partitions, each with a separate drive letter designation. You need to get the specific setup info from the person who set up your computer.

Assuming it is a windows pc, this short video may help you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jC5ue-5m3s

As far as I know with windows, you have to select each drive used--no auto overflow to another drive. My practice is to download the images to the second drive if my computer has one and I reserve the main drive, usually C drive, for just operating software.

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May 15, 2024 12:46:19   #
charles tabb Loc: Richmond VA.
 
alvin3232 wrote:
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



What my son, an IT, did for me is to put 2- 20TB drives in my Dell Tower and used "Raid" to make the 1st one copy to the second one instantly as I saved. He used what he called RAID to do this. So if one drive where to go bad all I had to do was to replace the bad one and the system would copy the old one to the other so I would be back in business.



I'm not an IT so I have depended on him for everything.

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May 15, 2024 13:25:22   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
dpullum wrote:
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.
With out regard to your details there are be safe ... (show quote)


Everything is backed up on an external, removable hard drive. Thanks.

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May 15, 2024 13:26:52   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
charles tabb wrote:
What my son, an IT, did for me is to put 2- 20TB drives in my Dell Tower and used "Raid" to make the 1st one copy to the second one instantly as I saved. He used what he called RAID to do this. So if one drive where to go bad all I had to do was to replace the bad one and the system would copy the old one to the other so I would be back in business.



I'm not an IT so I have depended on him for everything.


I'll check that out. Thanks.

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May 15, 2024 13:31:01   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
photoman43 wrote:
This is likely how your new computer is set up. But there is a chance it has only one drive with two partitions, each with a separate drive letter designation. You need to get the specific setup info from the person who set up your computer.

Assuming it is a windows pc, this short video may help you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jC5ue-5m3s

As far as I know with windows, you have to select each drive used--no auto overflow to another drive. My practice is to download the images to the second drive if my computer has one and I reserve the main drive, usually C drive, for just operating software.
This is likely how your new computer is set up. Bu... (show quote)


I have identified the separate drives and so far have manually put my photos on the 2nd, larger drive. Will have to go in & move some items from the 1st to the 2nd drive to free up space on the C drive. Thanks for the video & your help.

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May 15, 2024 13:31:50   #
charles tabb Loc: Richmond VA.
 
spaceytracey wrote:
Everything is backed up on an external, removable hard drive. Thanks.


GOOD LUCK...

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May 15, 2024 13:33:21   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
charles tabb wrote:
GOOD LUCK...


Thanks. I'll need it!

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May 15, 2024 16:11:26   #
delder Loc: Maryland
 
spaceytracey wrote:
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.
This is indirectly photo-related. My new to me c... (show quote)


As mentioned, your configuration is typical.
Normal layout is "C" drive [SSD] for operating system & small files requiring fast access.
ALL of your own DATA should go on the larger mechanical "D" drive.
ALL or MOST of your applications should go on your "D" Drive. I made a folder up for applications,
sub-folders for EACH application.
I created a SMALL folder on my "C" drive for editing photos where speed is needed.
Good Luck.

You should allow as much free space on C as you can to keep up your system speed.

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May 15, 2024 16:43:51   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
delder wrote:
As mentioned, your configuration is typical.
Normal layout is "C" drive [SSD] for operating system & small files requiring fast access.
ALL of your own DATA should go on the larger mechanical "D" drive.
ALL or MOST of your applications should go on your "D" Drive. I made a folder up for applications,
sub-folders for EACH application.
I created a SMALL folder on my "C" drive for editing photos where speed is needed.
Good Luck.

You should allow as much free space on C as you can to keep up your system speed.
As mentioned, your configuration is typical. br No... (show quote)

If you have enough room on C: and it’s fast (SSD), I’d personally place my applications and program data there. Speed is just as important for them as the OS and scratch, especially if you’re running post processing and AI processing aps. I did see that you had allocated small space on C: for editing photos - not sure if you meant the ap itself or scratch space. OTOH, if your D: drive is SSD also, it doesn’t matter.

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May 15, 2024 18:53:25   #
tcthome Loc: NJ
 
spaceytracey wrote:
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.
This is indirectly photo-related. My new to me c... (show quote)


Forget about it, (italian acsent). When you import photos to your computer, choose the second drive. (probably your D: drive to download to. What are you editing your photos with. I would move the photo folder to the C drive to edit giving you more performance & when your done with the photos, move it back to the second drive. Using a PC I guess?
About 8 years ago I purchased a Dell Allienware R5 desktop. The nvme2 (or whatever it is) SSD was pretty small. Maybe 512. I ended up replacing it with a 1TB of higher performance while beefing up the ram at the same time. The second (D) HDW drive is 1TB also plus there is rom for 2 more 2.5" internal drives. The dilemma for me is MS will stop supporting Win 10 in june so do I disconect this computer from the internet, pull the wireless out & have no worries until I need to update Adobe LR/PS or ??? Probably will & get a new computer eein the next year.

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May 15, 2024 19:04:49   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
delder wrote:
As mentioned, your configuration is typical.
Normal layout is "C" drive [SSD] for operating system & small files requiring fast access.
ALL of your own DATA should go on the larger mechanical "D" drive.
ALL or MOST of your applications should go on your "D" Drive. I made a folder up for applications,
sub-folders for EACH application.
I created a SMALL folder on my "C" drive for editing photos where speed is needed.
Good Luck.

You should allow as much free space on C as you can to keep up your system speed.
As mentioned, your configuration is typical. br No... (show quote)


Trying to move stuff from the C drive to the larger one, thanks.

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May 15, 2024 19:05:44   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
TriX wrote:
If you have enough room on C: and it’s fast (SSD), I’d personally place my applications and program data there. Speed is just as important for them as the OS and scratch, especially if you’re running post processing and AI processing aps. I did see that you had allocated small space on C: for editing photos - not sure if you meant the ap itself or scratch space. OTOH, if your D: drive is SSD also, it doesn’t matter.


The ap itself in on the C drive.

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May 15, 2024 19:08:03   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
delder wrote:
As mentioned, your configuration is typical.
Normal layout is "C" drive [SSD] for operating system & small files requiring fast access.
ALL of your own DATA should go on the larger mechanical "D" drive.
ALL or MOST of your applications should go on your "D" Drive. I made a folder up for applications,
sub-folders for EACH application.
I created a SMALL folder on my "C" drive for editing photos where speed is needed.
Good Luck.

You should allow as much free space on C as you can to keep up your system speed.
As mentioned, your configuration is typical. br No... (show quote)


Will do. Many thanks.

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May 15, 2024 19:36:39   #
MJPerini
 
It is actually a good idea to have a 'Boot Drive' and a 'Data Drive'
But a 128GB Boot drive is sort of crazy small for a boot drive in a new computer.
And the machine does have to be set up to function best in a Boot/Data configuration.
At the very least, since it is new, you should insist on help getting that done and how to keep it that way.

But I fear that whatever you do, it may be too small for long term use....perhaps they will let you upgrade the SSD, if not then try keeping just the OS and Applications one the SSD

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May 15, 2024 19:56:09   #
Bridges Loc: Memphis, Charleston SC, now Nazareth PA
 
spaceytracey wrote:
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.
This is indirectly photo-related. My new to me c... (show quote)


If you shoot Nikon, use Nikon Transfer 2 when downloading photos. It has a setting for the primary location and one for backup. It will save to both files simultaneously. I have the primary save going to one external drive with descriptions like Barns, Waterfalls, Fireworks, Family, etc. The backup drive is set up by month and year.

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