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Windows 7: What should I do having 3 hard drives. Best way to optimize their use would be?

27 Feb 2009   #1
ExNavy11

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
What should I do having 3 hard drives. Best way to optimize their use would be?

I have 3 internal hard drives and 1 external.

150 GB 10,000 RPM
250 GB 7,200 RPM
500 7,200 RPM

External is 250 GB.

Should I try and join them together some how or maybe use 1 for my main operating system and the other 2 for storage of videos and such? If I use the larger ones for my main storage, will accessing them be slow, say if I want to watch a movie stored on them? Im just looking for the best option on how to use them. Or should I sell them and just buy one bigger one like 1TB?

I figured Id use the external strictly for backing up important data.
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27 Feb 2009   #2
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

I strongly suggest NOT to merge them as one in any case.

Since your smaller one is 10.000 RPM, I would use it for main operating system since its faster and will operate most of the time.

The 500GB would be my storage for music, videos, pictures etc. There will be no delays in anything, (playing videos etc)

The external would be extra space or backups.

That's my suggestion

Cheers
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27 Feb 2009   #3
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Hi Bucsox,

I'd go 150GB for OS , 250 and 500 for data and as you say external for backups.
Using the fastest drive for the OS makes sense as this drive will normally be accessed a lot more than the data drives.

How you split the data between the two drives is a personal matter, and with the libraries in Windows 7 it's less of a concern than it was.

Also by keeping the data and OS separate a re-install is not such a pain, if you ever need one
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27 Feb 2009   #4
ExNavy11

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Thanks to you both. I havent looked yet, but can I have my Libraries point to one of those other hard drives?
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27 Feb 2009   #5
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Yes, you can either add library locations inside your existing ones, or move the user folders (Documents,Music, Videos, Pictures etc) to point to another folder and/or drive. Just open c:\users\_your_user_name and right-click each folder - properties to set it's location.
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27 Feb 2009   #6
kword88

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

10000 rpm for os
250 gig for secondary os
500 gig for storage and backups
external is overkill. sell it or save it in case you fill the 500 gig. performance between drives is only as fast as your slowest drive.
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27 Feb 2009   #7
angryman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

yeah too many HD's will just slow your system down.. one good HD is all I need, and maybe an external for monthly backups.
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27 Feb 2009   #8
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angryman View Post
yeah too many HD's will just slow your system down.. one good HD is all I need, and maybe an external for monthly backups.
Source? ?
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28 Feb 2009   #9
angryman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patio View Post
Source? ?
Personal experience over the years from building computers since the pentium 200mhz days to today and benchmarks.

I think you misunderstand my post however. For example, I personally think your system is as fast as your slowest HD, but this really depends where your data is. Once I took off my older 60gig HD from my new rig it blazed away, nothing was wrong with the older drive, it was just slower.

overall, less items to access, less power, cooler etc.
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28 Feb 2009   #10
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

150=os
500=storage, my documents, music etc
250=backup
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