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Two different drives and Windows 7 Pro


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#1 Dragongirl

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 12:19 AM

OK so, to start off Im running low on drive space. Out of 221GB available drive space {Total space 250GB} after OS install over a 2 year period, I am somehow down to 45GB I have gone through and found only three major online games I play regulary are the culprits but not the only ones are those three {Skyrim Legendary + 110 mods, Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO with latest update, Sims 3 + expansion packs up to Island Paradise}

 

Now, the 4th culprit is obviously Windows Updates, all those shadow copies, et al. But now I wonder

 

My laptop is a Dell Latitude E6420 series rig,m it works great, its a refurb, does the job I want perfectly and I am very happy with it. Now if only I had more drive space...

 

With this laptop I can easily get a module in complete form from Parts People certified by Dell to get a 320GB second drive into this rig in place of the internal DVDWR/CDRW drive, I dont mind having to lose one drive and replace it with a hard drive. I have a backup already.

 

But I want to know, how will windows 7 react to such a drive ? Will it automatically start putting stuff on the D drive ? Will I have to move anything from the C {currently my only drive} to the new D {addtional 320GB space} ?

 

I havent made any purchases of additional drives just yet, I want to be sure I know what Im getting into before making any purchases.


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 01:29 AM

Windows do not automatically shift stuff.

 

After adding such a drive, move your non-program files to the new drive. SO that space remains in your old drive.

 

Installing a program/game on two different drives IMO is not a good thing as it slows down the running speed of the application.

 

You can also redirect your applications to save data to the new drive(browser/torrent/download manager).



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Posted 22 February 2018 - 06:09 AM

The system is fine as far as free space today goes...45GB is more than sufficient for a 221GB existing Windows partition.  15% of total partition space is the generally accepted maxim for Windows on a less-than-gigantic (1TB and above) hard drive.

 

No need to move any programs.

 

I would just start ensuring that all data files are henceforth saved to the new drive (after it has been formatted/partitioned).

 

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 05:35 AM

Thanks much guys! These answers answer all my questions!


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