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Windows 7: Need to add more gb's to C drive...

08 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Need to add more gb's to C drive...

Just have a quick question... I want to install a hard drive and assign it to C drive....
that is were my windows 7 OS calls home. At the moment I have a small 60gb SSD and want to add a bigger one but just want to add more gb's to make C drive bigger that's all. what will I have to do to assign it C drive if it can be done...Thanks...

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08 May 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Do you want to add a bigger SSD or a bigger HDD?
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08 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

Hey Karl...
I can go with either one...The egg has got pretty good deals on both. Was thinking of getting SSD but would rather go with a Barracuda 15000 RPM HD if it will work in combination with the SSD I am running now... Thanks for the comeback.,
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08 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It depends on what you want to do. If you are replacing the 60 GB SSD with another, large SSD, you can use something like Macrium Reflect to clone your current install to the newer drive in a simple process.

If you are simply adding an HDD to be your another drive, you can offload files from your SSD, like photos, music, etc and copy them to the new HDD.

I'm not sure what you mean by use the HDD in combination with your SSD. I see that you already have a 1 TB drive for data storage, so you need to clarify what you want to accomplish before we can go any farther.
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08 May 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Incidentally, you can use Win 7 Backup and Restore if you decide to move to a bigger SSD.

What might help us in making recommendations is your Disk Management display of your present system.

Run disk management:
key with Microsoft logo on top.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.

Make a snapshot:
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
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08 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64

Sorry for the confusion...
At this point I am running a SSD 60GB...SSD 120GB and 1TB HD.
The 60GB SSD is my Windows 7 OS Drive but it's down to 4GB's
and it will be full.
The 120 SSD is where all my games are stored this one is half full.
The 1TB hard drive is partitioned 200GB's and 800GB's.
The 200 GB patition is where I run windows xp. And the 800GB partition
is where for a lack of words is where all the junk is stored, Downloads
software files server paks and such...
I want to leave everything the way it is. I just want to add another hard drive to the one that is allmost full which is where my windows 7 OS is installed. But I want a fast hard 1TB hard drive is a 7200 RPM
drive and I want to go with a faster drive that that so I wanted to get a 15000 RPM HD or an SSD to add space to my the 60 GB SSD.
So back to the origanal question can I add another hard drive to make my C drive bigger,is there a way to make the new hard drive just be a continuation of C dive...I always have putting down my thoughts on paper...LOL... or simply put when my 60GB SSD gets full the added hard drive be an extension the the 60GB SSD...Hope I did not confuse matters worse...LOL...Thanks...
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08 May 2012   #7

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

You want to COMBINE the existing 60 gb SSD with another drive of some type so that the combined space of both appears as a single drive letter C?

Or do you want to REPLACE the existing 60 gb SSD with another drive?

The former may be doable as a "dynamic disks" situation, but it is not simple and probably unnecessary. And maybe not so stable---I've heard that enterprises use dynamic disks only temporarily if at all possible.
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08 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It sounds like what you want to do is turn your existing 60 GB drive into a RAID array. I wouldn't go this route, as RAID doesn't really benefit a desktop user, and it would mean buying an identical drive to your current 60 GB.

If it was me, I would look to simplify. I'd do away with the dual-boot and consider virtualizing. Then I'd either stick with just the 120 GB, or sell both SSDs to buy a 240 GB. You don't really need to run games off of an SSD.

As another option, you could do away with the dual boot and the 60 GB SSD. You could run the 120 GB SSD as your C drive, and your HDD as your data storage drive as a single 1 TB drive, and install your games there.
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08 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64

I want to COMBINE the existing 60 gb SSD with another drive of some type so that the combined space of both appear as a single drive letter C. Yes... This is what I am trying to do...Sorry for the way I ask the question...I just could not get the correct wording as to what I wanted to do ...LOL...
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08 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It could be possible, but it puts your data at risk. I'm always follow the line of thinking that when you need something done to a system, do it right, as opposed to some band-aid solution.
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