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Second hard drive will not work properly

By sheriff12 ยท 6 replies
Sep 3, 2011
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  1. I am frustrated. I built a new computer, and my second hard drive refuses to work the way it should. My system has a Crucial SSD 64GB that I installed just as a boot drive. The second HD is a W/D caviar black 1 TBYTE. After installing Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit to the SSD, and starting the computer. I find that I cannot get downloads of new programs to go to the W/D. The programs want to download to the SSD, but are too big for the remaining available space on the SSD. My computer keeps saying you are running out of space. I have tried many other forums to solve the problem. I even called in a computer specialist. He said he fixed the problem, but he didn't. My system recognizes the W/D, I formated the W/D, What I would appreciate is, someone give me the complete directions on what I should do, start with just my Windows on the SSD. Any help will be gracefully accepted. Thanks! Can I be informed at my email address if someone replies?
  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Assuming the following:

    1st boot SSD - C:
    2nd drive - WD - D:

    When you install a new program, and ask for a location/folder to install select your drive D:

    Change your location of My Documents folder to WD.
    create D:\My Documents on WD
    On My Documents | Properties | Location | Move | browse to D:\My Documents and apply
  3. sheriff12

    sheriff12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    second HD

    This is one of my problems. The computer never asks me for location/folder. How can I change MY DOCUMENTS folder to D? I have tried repeatedly to get my computer to allow me to decide which HD the download will go to. When I click computer to display my drives everything looks fine. When I go to disk manager, and click my W/D, it tells me everything is working properly. Still the damn thing won't accept downloads, or even give me an option as to which HD to download to.
  4. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    What browser are you using?
    Do you use a download manager?

    On your browser, set the default download folder to D:
    For Chrome: Wrench | Under the hood | Download | Change... | Browse for folder and Ok
  5. sheriff12

    sheriff12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    second HD

    I use Internet Explorer. I looked everywhere for a place that says, "set my default download folder, there is nothing remotely saying that. I have tried everything I can think of to do with my download manager. This is driving me nuts.
  6. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Also do what WinXPert says and get your My Documents moved. While you are at it, get your My Pictures, Music and Videos moved there too.

    If you haven't got it moved (or got confused) here is a link with some pictures on how to do it. Its been a long time since I did it but I think the same concept applies for Pictures, Music and Videos.

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