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#1 Mr. Clean44

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:52 PM

I'm doing a new build and decided to go the SSD route for my OS boot and it does fly. Is it possible to have all the data on an additional HDD? I haven't been able to figure out how to do it but since I'm transferring everything from my old Win 7 computer I have a lot of data, about 350 GB. I've searched the forums but can't seem to find anything. Any help is appreciated.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:17 PM

FWIW I switched all my computers to SSD boot drives. You can always put data on another hard drive. Mine are all 120Gb and up. Contrary to some of the advice available on the Internet, On all of my systems the virtual memory is on the SSD for speed. My email downloads to the SSD, All programs are on the SSD. IN your case any reason not to just put the old drive in the new build?

Any Pictures, Music or video Documents goes on a regular drive, My D: drive. My main desktop has one SSD boot drive, and Three 7200RPM data drives. So I end up with four hard drive drive letters, two Optical drive letters, One for the DVD burner and one for the BluRay burner. I use multiple dries when I work with video. Convert from one to another then author from that one back to the first and archive the source on the third as well as BluRay blanks.

Hard drive needs are driven by usage.

Hope this helps
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:12 PM

This system has a dual-boot which I transferred to an SSD.

I put programs and Windows on the SSD, with all data files...graphics, music, videos, backups, etc...on SATA hard drives. I haven't used the My Docs, My Music folders since they were first introduced as a "convenience", but if something happens to wind up in them, I just move it to the SATA drives with all the other data files.

I don't believe in the "single hard drive" theory of computing, I like to spread the risk of data loss among several drives/partitions.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:20 PM

As you can see from Louis's reply there are two schools of thought regarding how to set up a SSD. It is all a matter of preference. There is no right or wrong. They both work. It is more a matter of what makes you feel safe. My Smallest SSD is 120Gb(This computer) and My largest is 300Gb (Home video work computer) I tend to use most of that drive on a irregular basis as a temp holding location til I burn the files.

Just to add since Louis's reply jogged my memory, Once a week since I run Windows 7 on this computer I copy the entire Users folder over to the D: drive as backup. It holds everything of any importance including the drivers so I can quick reload the OS if needed. And then every so often I back it up to a BluRay disc too.

Right now the entire Users folder is 10.8Gb. So a 25Gb BluRay holds it quite easily.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 06:06 AM

I'm wondering is I can MOVE all the data including the users folder and run the programs along with the associated data from the HDD. I don't have enough room on the SDD to maintain the huge files generated in App Data.

Thanks again,

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 11:16 AM

I don't believe you can move some of the things off the SSD if the App data that requires the program to run.

What I do is I install highly used applications for speed and install other applications like games on my secondary drive

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