Hard drive setup

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  1. jonathen85

    jonathen85 Active Member

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    Hi,

    I'm not all that knowledgable about hard drive raids and so on. But, as i have a 1TB drive I was thinking of buying a second smaller one. that way I could stick most things on the big disk and the OS on the second.

    Firstly, would I be better off getting the same hard drive and setting them up as raid drives, or could I go for a small ssd (80 or 12GB)? The second option is what I'm thinking.

    In the SSD case, how would I then set up the drives so that the data is on the bigger disk?
     
  2. salanos

    salanos Maha Guru

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    Just install Windows into the SSD and then direct your My Documents etc. to folders you create on the 1TB drive.

    When installing programs, direct the installers to the 1TB drive.
     
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    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    that is if he's using XP. On Vista, he's gotta redirect his C:\Users\[username] folder to his 1TB drive as well. Since Microsoft split the My Documents folder to Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos, he's gotta redirect those as well. For me, I also redirected the Downloads folder while the actual C:\Users\[username] folder is left on my C:\.

    deltatux
     
  4. jonathen85

    jonathen85 Active Member

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    thanks for the replies. I was planning on doing this when m Windows 7 DVD arrives in October.
     

  5. mrmonsoon

    mrmonsoon Master Guru

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    Remember, most programs put themselves on the c drive by default.

    You will need to manually tell them to go to the terrabyte drive.

    put the OS plus important programs on the ssd and all the rest on the other drive.

    Expect a major decrease in boot/shutdown time.

    Get a good ssd, as they vary a lot in performance.

    I like the corsair 128 p's

    Cost is about 350 USD delivered.

    It's real purpose is for laptops.

    no heat/moving parts.
    low power requirements.
     
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    Lie495s14 Master Guru

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