A while ago, I helped a buddy of mine build a computer. The thing is, he was on a super-tight budget but didn't want to compromise when it came to performance parts like the video card, ram, and processor. So, to save money, he pulled a couple hard drives out of old computers. And I do mean old. I believe their sizes were 10GB and 30GB. He later bought a modern hard drive with plenty of room (500GB+), but this was after using the computer for several weeks with only the two oldies.
In retrospect, this seems like a bad idea, but at the time we were setting things up, I thought it would be best if he installed Windows on the 10GB disk, and then kept everything else (programs, documents, etc) on the 30GB disk, sort of for organizational purposes. But I guess I didn't help him enough, because he kept installing stuff on the 10GB disk, simply because that was the default location that programs tried to install to, and I guess he didn't realize it. And now, of course, even though he has a modern HD, he is more or less married to the 10GB because it has the operating system on it. It's just starting to be a real pain overall, because the system still thinks that's where it should store everything, it keeps filling up and he has to go clean it out, etc etc.
Anyways, my question is simply what is the best solution to this problem? I understand that RAID combines several hard drives so that the OS sort of treats them as if they were one drive; this sounds like an excellent solution, but can you set up RAID on disks which have previously been operating independently without reformatting them or anything like that? If so, I'd be thankful to anyone who could point me towards a good tutorial on setting up RAID.
Would it be better to somehow transfer the files on the 10GB to the 500GB? How would this be done?
I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks for your time
Just spoke with him, he says if there's any way to do the "transfer" option then that would be preferable, because running 3 HDs is tying up all of the power cables from his PSU, and he'd rather ditch the two old discs to free up some molex cables.
Edited by W-Unit, 20 August 2010 - 11:07 AM.