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Windows 7: 1TB internal HDD question about storage

18 Jan 2015   #1
Summerbear5

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1TB internal HDD question about storage

I'm getting a 256 SSD, I also have a 1TB internal HDD that I plan to DBAN and reformat to use as extra storage as the SSD will be the primary drive with the OS.
My question is after I got the 1TB HDD all reformatted and setup and say I'm storing all my family photos on it...if I ever need to use System Restore or Recovery on the computer that is housing this HDD will doing so erase all the data on the HDD as well as the SSD when doing a System Restore or Recovery? The only reason why I'm wondering is because if I install any programs or games on the HDD it's going to create registry files that will obviously be removed upon a System Restore or Recovery. Correct?

Also 256 SSD is that going to be enough? I play a lot of games and plan on installing the following:

The Sims 2 complete collection
The Sims 3 complete collection
The Sims 4
Everquest 2
Everquest Next Landmark
League of Legends
Runes of Magic
and any other games I'm forgetting or that will be released in the future.
I just want to make sure I'll have enough room on the SSD. I know programs will run faster and would like to have a majority of my games on the SSD but don't have a problem using the HDD if need be.

This is my first SSD can you tell? lol
In the future I do plan on getting a 500 SSD but way in the future.


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18 Jan 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nah, system restore does not touch user folders even if they are on the C partition. But you are doing the right thing. User data is a lot safer in a seperate partition on the same or a seperate disk.

Make frequent backup of your user data partition anyhow. Just in case the disk goes on the blink. And the same of the system disk. With images you can always save the day. Here is my preferred imaging tool.

Imaging with free Macrium

You may want to make a seperate folder on the HDD for the very biggest games and direct them to that folder during the installation.

SSDs are great. I would not want to live without them. My oldest is from 2008 when they were still very expensive. In the meantime they have mushroomed to be nearly a dozen, LOL.

If you need any further SSD help, post back.
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18 Jan 2015   #3
Summerbear5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you I will look into that imaging tool.

What about if I have games installed on the HDD and I do a System Restore or Recovery? If the games aren't going to be removed would I have to manually remove them and reinstall them so they recreate the registry files?
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18 Jan 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Summerbear5 View Post
Thank you I will look into that imaging tool.

What about if I have games installed on the HDD and I do a System Restore or Recovery? If the games aren't going to be removed would I have to manually remove them and reinstall them so they recreate the registry files?
With a system restore or a restore from an image, nothing would change. You would have to do nothing.
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18 Jan 2015   #5
Summerbear5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Which is the one that does the complete factory reset and removes, reformats, and reinstalls the OS? That's the one I am talking about I forgot what it was called.
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18 Jan 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Summerbear5 View Post
Which is the one that does the complete factory reset and removes, reformats, and reinstalls the OS? That's the one I am talking about I forgot what it was called.
That is a reinstallation which sinks everything on C. But you don't want to get yourself into a situation where that is required - unless you like to do that for the fun of it (very tedious - last time I did that for someone on a Vista system we were busy for 3 days. Mainly because of all the updates.).

The right way is to make frequent images so that you can go back to one of those.
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18 Jan 2015   #7
Summerbear5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok Thanks!
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