Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




11 posts

Geek


Topic # 27511 29-Oct-2008 09:42
Send private message

Hello,
I have installed extra hard-drive (500gb) to my almost full 80gb desktop pavilion.
How should i best utilise this extra storage?
Will my existing "overflow" into it?
Or do I select seldom used things and send them there?
Would be nice to send the old 80gb into "extra" and use the 500gb as the main hard-drive....possible?? well recommended??

Create new topic
4304 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 792

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 174305 29-Oct-2008 09:45
Send private message

Are you running Windows?

Best bet in my opinion would be to move all your data to the new drive - movies, pictures, music, etc.  Keep your original drive as clutter free as possible and only really use it for your programs.

Most computers I make have a System drive which is for the operating system and application files.  I store all my actual data and media on other drives.  This also means if your computer crashes becuase of a problem with the operating system, you can fix the problem without affecting your data drive.

xpd

The Overrated Raccoons
8683 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1250

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 174307 29-Oct-2008 09:51
Send private message

You probably would notice a bit of extra performance if you used the new drive to boot from as its more likely to have a bigger cache and better seek times etc.
Ghost or TrueImage will quite happily help you do this, but as with any data manipulation, make sure you have back ups first.

Personally Id use the 500 for booting etc, and use the 80 as one of 3 options :
External drive (reqs enclosure)
Install Linux (Dual boot)
Dedicated swap drive for Windows/Photoshop/anything that likes a large amount of free temp space.




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz

 

Sea of Thieves Down Under


 
 
 
 


Try Wrike: fast, easy, and efficient project collaboration software


11 posts

Geek


  Reply # 174310 29-Oct-2008 09:57
Send private message

Wow, thanks again for the prompt response and yes I have Windows XP.



11 posts

Geek


  Reply # 174312 29-Oct-2008 09:59
Send private message

and i also have backed up important stuff to an external hd



11 posts

Geek


  Reply # 174314 29-Oct-2008 10:10
Send private message


Not sure how it works...but when i look at "my computer" it shows drive (c) which seems to be the main drive then beneath that is drive (d) and named recovery...after that is removable disk (e) (f) etc...then dvd drive (j).



11 posts

Geek


  Reply # 174315 29-Oct-2008 10:11
Send private message

Sorry about the waffle guys...but I meant to add the new drive is also there now.



11 posts

Geek


Reply # 174861 31-Oct-2008 13:34
Send private message


XPD could you please elaborate on these comments;(if you dont mind)...something a dummy could understand.

"Personally Id use the 500 for booting etc, and use the 80 as one of 3 options :
External drive (reqs enclosure)...what does enclosure mean??
Install Linux (Dual boot)...Will linux become my other operating system??
Dedicated swap drive for Windows/Photoshop/anything that likes a large amount of free temp space."...dedicated swap drive?? and send Windows to the extra storage??

I appreciate if I`m too far from comprehending and am willing to get someone locally to help if you dont feel like wasting your time and thank you for your advice thus far.


xpd

The Overrated Raccoons
8683 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1250

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 174875 31-Oct-2008 14:14
Send private message

External drive (reqs enclosure)...what does enclosure mean??

Basically take the 80gb out of the computer and use it in an external portable enclosure such as this.
That way its now a portable 80GB drive for you to take to work/friends etc

Install Linux (Dual boot)...Will linux become my other operating system??

Correct - when you turn on the computer you'll get asked which OS you want to use. Lot more people are starting to use Linux as a day to day OS (browsing, email etc) and just use Windows for games etc. It is advisable to have someone around who has set this up before though just to help out with any queries.

Dedicated swap drive for Windows/Photoshop/anything that likes a large amount of free temp space."...dedicated swap drive?? and send Windows to the extra storage??

Install Windows etc on the 500gb drive, and format the 80gb. Then set Windows swap/virtual memory to use the 80gb primarily. Photoshop and other programs also allow you to specify where their temporary files are located - this saves your 500gb getting thrashed and small temp files appearing all over your main OS drive. Keep a regular defrag going on it and you'll notice a bit of extra performance.


As mentioned before, make backups of your data first before playing with drives etc especially when playing with the above options Smile




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz

 

Sea of Thieves Down Under




11 posts

Geek


Reply # 174888 31-Oct-2008 15:20
Send private message

Many thanks..much appreciated advice.

Hawkes Bay
8477 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 174932 31-Oct-2008 17:11
Send private message

+ 1 on what xpd said. All good advice.

Definitley get your system imaged over to a partition on the new drive - system performance may noticeably increase.




Visit http://www.thecloud.net.nz for New Zealand based Hosted Exchange, Virtual Servers, Web Hosting, FTP Backup & more.
(1GB free FTP storage, or larger plans from $5.75)
 
 - Setup your own mailserver at home on Ubuntu Server - full step by step howto here.
 - Have you seen this: Nathan "KFC4LIFE" Dunn.


Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

TCF and Telcos Toughen Up on Scam Callers
Posted 23-Apr-2018 09:39


Amazon launches the International Shopping Experience in the Amazon Shopping App
Posted 19-Apr-2018 08:38


Spark New Zealand and TVNZ to bring coverage of Rugby World Cup 2019
Posted 16-Apr-2018 06:55


How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown
Posted 14-Apr-2018 11:08


How back office transformation drives IRD efficiency
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:15


iPod laws in a smartphone world: will we ever get copyright right?
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:13


Lightbox service using big data and analytics to learn more about customers
Posted 9-Apr-2018 12:11


111 mobile caller location extended to iOS
Posted 6-Apr-2018 13:50


Huawei announces the HUAWEI P20 series
Posted 29-Mar-2018 11:41


Symantec Internet Security Threat Report shows increased endpoint technology risks
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:29


Spark switches on long-range IoT network across New Zealand
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:22


Stuff Pix enters streaming video market
Posted 21-Mar-2018 09:18


Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus
Posted 13-Mar-2018 07:47


Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras
Posted 11-Mar-2018 12:25


New Zealand Adopts International Open Data Charter
Posted 3-Mar-2018 12:48



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.