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BOUGHT NEW HD(ALREADY INSTALLED) NEED INSTR ON COMBINING W/ C:


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kikiera

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Hi, All.

Bought a new HDD b/c my C: was running low on space. I've installed the new 500GB SATA. It is showing up on my PC but I want to know how to combine the two. All answers will be appreciated. :)

Thanks Bunches in advance,

Kikiera :)
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:)

Bought a new HDD b/c my C: was running low on space. I've installed the new 500GB SATA. It is showing up on my PC but I want to know how to combine the two.


If your C:\ is running out of space then it was a good idea to get another drive to store data on...

What did the computer name your 500bg HDD?

Since you added another drive to the computer it will not be seen as the C: it will be named according to how your computer is setup... likely its name is E: or F:

You can't have both hard-drives addressed as the same C:\ unless you set up a RAID

If I haven't answered your question let me know... But what I believe you are asking isn't possible, except with RAID...

Good luck
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kikiera

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My new drive is setup as f:. Could you instruct me on how to setup a RAID? :)

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Hi

Is there a problem for you to have a hard drive "hdd" for the OS only, and then having a separate HDD for storage.

It is a good idea to have your storage on a separate HDD, or partition of the HDD. Than on the same partition as your OS... if you ever need to reinstall your OS "which is common with Windows" the stored data will not be touched only the section of the HDD that your OS is on.

Raids can be very good. They can help your computer run faster by using multiple HDD to access your data, and also to store your data with redundancy to protect it "as best as possible" from HDD failure.

But it can get expensive...

let me know what it is your trying to accomplish and what the current problem with your setup is. I'm not sure if your up to a "raid" setup just yet... But hey you never know...
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The easiest setup is to leave the new SATA drive as F drive.
Move the data from C to F to gain space.

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@cbarnard: There isn't actually anything wrong with my C: other than I was running out of space. I already had an external TB before I bought the internal 500GB. I thought that if I purchased an internal it would be easy to combine the two to get a larger HDD. After talking to you, I think that I will just leave them separate and move the files to the larger. If something happened to my OS I wouldn't want to spend the $$ again. I have already formatted and partitioned my F:.

@123Runner: I think that's what I will do. One question about moving the data. Is there an easier way to move program files to the new drive w/out moving them one @ a time? (One at a time would take a while)

Thanks, Everyone for your input! :) :)

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You can not "combine" 2 separate physical drives in to 1 physical drives.
You can clone the "old" C drive to the "new" drive and therefore have a "new" 500gb C drive.

You can move data such as documents, movies, pictures, etc.
You can not move programs. You would have to un-install the programs and then re-install on the F drive.
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Actually I have already begun moving the program files from C: to the F: and they are working just fine. I created a Program Files folder on the F: and changed the drive letter of the program. I then moved the individual program folder to F:. Its working. Just wondering if I could move them faster somehow. I've used this method with my external TB also.
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I hope I didn't offend by correcting anyone :). Is there a possible way to move several files at once from one drive to the other? One at a time will take what seems like forever.

Thanks!

Kikiera :)
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Have you tried to use the programs?
I know of no way to move a program.
Programs are installed and written to the registry.

As for data, you can move them quite easily by copy and paste.
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Yes, I have tried to use the programs. I used one of them last night for around three hours or so. I appreciate your help.

Thank you
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