Secondary hard drive

By eyemfedup2
Sep 17, 2008
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  1. hi all
    my c drive is maxed out and would like to install secondary hard drive.

    i have another hdd in another computer that i can use but has os on it.

    i know to set it for slave but if i put it in and reboot will it start up correctly
    so that i then can go to device management and reformat.

    also do i need to partition it or just format? not trying to dual boot i just need
    more space.

    after sec, hdd is setup how do i move stuff from primary to slave? or will i need to
    even do so?
  2. DaMak420

    DaMak420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 227

    Can you format the 2ndary hd, in the pc its currently in ?

    Once you do, and it is a "fresh" Hd, after installing it, it *SHOULD* show up in "my computer" as a seperate drive.You should be able to drag and drop any files over to the secondary drive.
  3. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    very sorry for muliple post of almost same question browser hung up and didnt thinl it made it through.

    installed fine and since it had os on it i just reformatted . correct? no need to partition?

    on drag and drop files does it matter wich ones?

    what about major programs like ms office or something?
  4. DaMak420

    DaMak420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 227

    No need for partitions that I am aware of.

    As far drag and drop I meant for personal files and such. As far as the programs themselves and THEIR files included in those folders, I personally don't like just copying the folder, I prefer a fresh install.

    Some programs wont work regardless if you just copy the folders.
  5. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,623

    no program will work if u just dag and drop, but all pics., downloads, and things like that will. to move a program u will have to reinstall it.
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    Ive seen plenty of old programs that do work if you drag and drop, you just have to redo all the shortcutting and a lot of other stuff thats completly worthless, so don't do it anyway.

    You should be able to move any folder and / or its contents other than (assuming default windows folder names) "program files" "windows" "documents and settings" and driver folders such as "NVIDIA". Basicly, as stated above, you should be able to move any personal files. like pictures, movies, stuff like that. You can also change the location of "My documents" By right clicking on the My documents tab on the left, pressing move, and selecting a new folder.

    Like this:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/hfhfdjsk/RandomStuff#5247216839847477058
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,541   +859

    This is probably only true of programs that run directly fron an .exe file. SIW (System Information for Windows) is like this. It's never actually installed, just double click and away you go. It will "execute" from wherever you place it.
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    oh those, ive got plenty of those too. One of my favorite that i was refering to was Starcraft, i think it was made in like, 1994 or something. Anyway it does work for Starcraft.

    -Starcraft FTW!
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,541   +859

    1994..! That sounds like it would boot from DOS.
  10. DaMak420

    DaMak420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 227

    WoW works that way too, and its new!

    I also have a physics game, the name is escaping me.... works the same... just copy and move the folder.

    Anyway... a bit off topic.
  11. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    i moved a couple of programs and apparently it just copies them.
    that messed everything up. i had set a restore point so did restore and it fixed it but it made a
    file on sec.hdd called recycler that is no permanent.
    it did give me allot more space on c dive though.

    question now that i have another drive when i install new programs and c: starts to get full
    will it automatically put stuff on sec drive in order to save room for virtual memory or will
    i have to choose sec e: when installing new programs?
    thanks
     
  12. DaMak420

    DaMak420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 227

    I believe you need to manually select it.

    I am not 100% sure though.

    I run all my applications off my primary drive, and use my secondary drive for nothing but storage. so I have never actually installed a program to my secondary drive.

    I think by default 99.99999% of programs default install to c:<insert file name here>

    so it is likely you will have to manually change it.
  13. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    one more small thing
    when installing sec. hdd do i have to put one on ide 1 and the other on ide 2?
    what will it do if they are on the same channel
  14. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    ok this is not at all what i was trying to achive.
    isnt there a way to make it think that c: and e: are one big c: drive? or do i have to
    just get a new bigger hdd?
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