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External HDD as both backup and scratch disk


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#1 rafavee

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 06:45 PM

Hi,

 

I am currently backing up about 800GB onto an 3TB external HD. Can I use the remaining space on that external HD as a scratch disk for when I'm working on Adobe Programs, especially Photoshop? I have the external connected via SS USB3

 

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 07:10 PM

A hard drive is nothing but a storage container...whether the contents are an O/S, programs, data files, etc.

 

You can use that storage space as you see fit always...with the exception of the partition which reflects the O/S.

 

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 09:32 PM

Will that be the only place the 800GB of data resides?

Apart from the consideration that if it is, it's not really a backup, bear in mind that an event with an external drive such as an accidental removal/disconnection can corrupt the drive contents. That's probably more likely to happen with a drive being used for other purposes regularly, than it is with a drive that's only attached during actual backups then stored in between.

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:19 PM

Will that be the only place the 800GB of data resides?

Apart from the consideration that if it is, it's not really a backup, bear in mind that an event with an external drive such as an accidental removal/disconnection can corrupt the drive contents. That's probably more likely to happen with a drive being used for other purposes regularly, than it is with a drive that's only attached during actual backups then stored in between.

 

I use the program called 'FBackup' to automatically backup the files on my computer to the 3TB external hard drive on a daily basis. The 3TB is always plugged in, I never disconnect it because I only use it (for now) as a destination to backup my files with FBackup. I just figured, seeing how there's over a terabyte of free space on that external drive I could also use it as a scratch disk, instead of going out and buying a new external or internal drive that would solely be used a scratch disk.






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