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As most know I have a limited knowledge of computers but i love to play.

 

So I just got hold of a new main machine a HP Z420 Workstation - E5-1620v0 3.6GHz 16GB

 

The machine came loaded with windows 10 on a 128gb ssd drive.

 

83 gb is already taken up with windows etc I intend to load photoshop office etc

 

Meaning very soon the 128 will be full.

 

QUESTION. Should i change the 128gb to a 500gb or 1tb as the cdrive OR just add a D Drive 500gb ssd and offset the installs to the d drive?

 

Think that makes sense...... 





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  #2348107 4-Nov-2019 14:27
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I think most people would do it that way. Why keep all your eggs in one basket? 

 

                                                                                          

 

 





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Given that 500 gig or 1 TB SSDs are not particularly spendy these days, I'd get one and clone over the current install, and then use the current 128 Gig one for something specific, maybe running games or something that would benefit from a speed boost. Or, just use it to rejuvenate an older machine.


 
 
 
 


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  #2348111 4-Nov-2019 14:34
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Use the 128 as a cache for anything that allows you to specify a cache location (think photoshop use to)

 

 





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Do a fresh install of Windows. I have W10, Office, Photoshop, Bridge, and many other programs installed and it's taking up 60GB of disk. The W10 license will apply automatically.

 

Various ways to do a reset / fresh install are described here.




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  #2348127 4-Nov-2019 14:52
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Gurezaemon:

 

Given that 500 gig or 1 TB SSDs are not particularly spendy these days, I'd get one and clone over the current install, and then use the current 128 Gig one for something specific, maybe running games or something that would benefit from a speed boost. Or, just use it to rejuvenate an older machine.

 

 

 

 

May I ask what software you would use to "clone" over?





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  #2348138 4-Nov-2019 15:08
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gnfb:

 

Gurezaemon:

 

Given that 500 gig or 1 TB SSDs are not particularly spendy these days, I'd get one and clone over the current install, and then use the current 128 Gig one for something specific, maybe running games or something that would benefit from a speed boost. Or, just use it to rejuvenate an older machine.

 

 

 

 

May I ask what software you would use to "clone" over?

 

 

I've used Paragon Migrate SSD in the past, and Clonezilla is highly regarded, although I haven't used it myself. 
https://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ has a collection of cloning tools that will do the job for you. They are, for the most part, trivially easy to use. 


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timmmay:

 

Do a fresh install of Windows. I have W10, Office, Photoshop, Bridge, and many other programs installed and it's taking up 60GB of disk. The W10 license will apply automatically.

 

 

This is best move. Lets you clear out the junk ;)

 

 





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  #2348145 4-Nov-2019 15:15
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Any new SSD will come with software for copying current system drives.

 

 


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Macirum reflect is a good tool for cloning drives.
It lets you clone the OS disk while the machine is running too, which is nice.




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  #2348152 4-Nov-2019 15:22
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Thank you folks one and all of to scout out a new drive! 





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  #2348171 4-Nov-2019 15:55
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there is no way windows should be taking up 83gb. maybe 30gbs tops, so by the time you install your software you should still have a heap of free space.


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Jase2985:

 

there is no way windows should be taking up 83gb. maybe 30gbs tops, so by the time you install your software you should still have a heap of free space.

 

 

🤣 Have you seen a 10+ year old Windows 7 machine? 😭

 

Have a nice look at the C:\Windows\WinSxS folder. Even after 3 years, cleanmgr.exe can find 12GB of Windows Update files to delete. So many files are forgotten in C:\Windows\Temp. And, we haven't even looked at C:\Windows\Installer yet. 





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  #2348200 4-Nov-2019 17:40
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Those HP workstations have lots of HP utilities, and some partitions.




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gnfb:

 

Thank you folks one and all of to scout out a new drive! 

 

 

Before starting the clone to a new disk, consider running the following commands from an administrative Command Prompt [do not simply copy/paste the below lines]

 

     

  1. C:\$Recycle.Bin> rd . /q /s
  2. C:\Windows\Temp> rd . /q /s
  3. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER> rd . /q /s
  4. C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Local\Temp> rd . /q /s
  5. cleanmgr.exe
  6. Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
  7. Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /SPSuperseded

 

Now that you have cleaned up & gotten rid of unnecessary files, you can start your clone.





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