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Windows 7: Three Hard Drives - How to Manage?

14 Oct 2010   #1

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Three Hard Drives - How to Manage?


I'm new to the boards.

I just bought my third hard drive. I have three, now. The first one is 149GB with 19.4 free and the second is 465GB with 83.9 free.

I just bought a two 2TB drive. I need help with the best way to manage these drives, for optimum performance.

Attached are my specs.

This is what I bought.

Any suggestions?

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14 Oct 2010   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Welcome to SevenForums.

With two almost full disks, then you need a third.

I would suggest connecting the third,
partitioning the third into two or mor partitons. Why you ask?

Well, Win 7 and some apps don't like really bit partitions, especially anything equal or greater than 2 TB. So to avoid problems, I suggest splitting the big one into 2 or more partitions.

Also to be considered is that sometime or the other you are going to want to defragment that monster. Defragmentation of 2 TB can take forever. If the drive develops problems, not uncommon for new disks, then running check disk on that size disk will also take forever.

So you connect the third.
You partition the third (you can use Disk Management, DISKMGMT.MSC)

Now you need to start moving stuff off of your other two drives to the third. Especially, you C drive needs some more breathing room.

There are a couple of valid approaches for moving your big stuff over to that nice empty 2 TB drive.

My C drive, loaded with all kinds of programs, is 50 GB with more than 16.5 GB free. My data is all on my E drive.

Let us know how you foresee your disks being utilized.
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