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Windows 7: Hard drive upgrade questions...

18 May 2011   #1
knk17forever

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 
Hard drive upgrade questions...

I want more hard drive space... there is a 1TB hard drive on sale that I am thinking about getting... is it better to add a second hard drive or to just replace the one I have.

If I add it as a second hard drive do I have to install an OS system on it too or will it work in conjunction with the OS on the drive I have now.

If I decide to not add it as a second hard drive but just replace the one I have is there a way I can transfer the OS and files on the hard drive I have now on to the new.

Thanks for any replies... don't know a whole lot about adding a new hard drive to my computer. Thanks again.

P.S. The info re my computer is up to date on my profile.


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18 May 2011   #2
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Me personally would add the 2nd 1 TB hard drive to your current system (basically keep the drive you are using now and add the new one to it).

You would just need to insert the new drive and connect the sata cable to a spare sata port, when you turn the computer on you should see the new drive in 'Computer' when you double click it to open it for the first time it may ask you to format it, just say yes and that's it.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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18 May 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, install it as second hard drive. That is the easiest. No need for any change to the OS. Just define one or more partitions on the drive (in Disk Management) and off you go. Create and format a hard disk partition
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18 May 2011   #4
knk17forever

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
Me personally would add the 2nd 1 TB hard drive to your current system (basically keep the drive you are using now and add the new one to it).

You would just need to insert the new drive and connect the sata cable to a spare sata port, when you turn the computer on you should see the new drive in 'Computer' when you double click it to open it for the first time it may ask you to format it, just say yes and that's it.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
Ok...thanks ... sounds good that is probably what I will do then...

I just have one more question when adding new programs and saving files etc will my computer fill up the first drive and then start using the second one... or how does that work... or do I have to let the computer know where I want the new programs files etc. What is the best way to manage the new space... I guess is what I am asking.

Sorry if these are noob questions :P
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18 May 2011   #5
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

The 2nd hard drive in its simplest form would just be storage space, it would not have program files or anything like that, all this would be stored/saved as normal on your c:\ drive.

Does this make sense?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by knk17forever View Post

Sorry if these are noob questions :P
Ask as many questions as you need

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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18 May 2011   #6
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by knk17forever View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
Me personally would add the 2nd 1 TB hard drive to your current system (basically keep the drive you are using now and add the new one to it).

You would just need to insert the new drive and connect the sata cable to a spare sata port, when you turn the computer on you should see the new drive in 'Computer' when you double click it to open it for the first time it may ask you to format it, just say yes and that's it.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
Ok...thanks ... sounds good that is probably what I will do then...

I just have one more question when adding new programs and saving files etc will my computer fill up the first drive and then start using the second one... or how does that work... or do I have to let the computer know where I want the new programs files etc. What is the best way to manage the new space... I guess is what I am asking.

Sorry if these are noob questions :P
No, you have to explicitly tell the computer on which drive to write a file. Many applications have options where you can change a setting on where files it manages are written to. For instance, you can tell internet explorer to put its cache in a folder on the second drive instead of the C: drive, you change the location of the cache and scratch disk for Photoshop, etc..

But in general you need to direct where files are written to.

It is best to keep your programs and Windows OS on the C: drive, and all of your data, like photos, on the second drive. In that way you can use different mechanisms to back these up - an image backup for the C: drive and incremental backups for your data drive.
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18 May 2011   #7
knk17forever

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
The 2nd hard drive in its simplest form would just be storage space, it would not have program files or anything like that, all this would be stored/saved as normal on your c:\ drive.

Does this make sense?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by knk17forever View Post

Sorry if these are noob questions :P
Ask as many questions as you need

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
Yeah that makes sense...

Also thanks everyone for the answers, rep added
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18 May 2011   #8
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

You would only have to save your media/work to where ever you would like it as you do now, the only difference is you have a choice of 2 drives, you can save it on your c:\ drive or on the new drive

Programs / Applications will still install to their default directory (e.g. c:\program files\...) but this is obviously possible to change during the installation but not really any need to do so if you haven't in the past.
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