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Old 16-08-2007, 05:29 AM   #1
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2nd hard drive added how do I set up 2nd drive to auto store data


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novist1

I have a 10 G HD, I added a 40 G. HD, I can save files to the second HD,
but my computer does not use the 2nd hard drive to store files, I am getting
low disc space warnings, and the HD is almost full, is there a setting or
program that will cause my computer to automatically save files to a 2nd HD,
thanks
 
Old 16-08-2007, 05:29 AM   #2
Ken Blake, MVP
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Re: 2nd hard drive added how do I set up 2nd drive to auto store data

novist1 wrote:

"I have a 10 G HD, I added a 40 G. HD, I can save files to the second HD,
but my computer does not use the 2nd hard drive to store files, I am getting
low disc space warnings, and the HD is almost full, is there a setting or
program that will cause my computer to automatically save files to a 2nd HD,
thanks"


First of all, please do not write your message below your signature. When
you do that, lots of newsreaders strip your message from the quote. I had to
cut and paste your message here.

No, there is no universal setting that tells the computer what drive to save
files to. However, many applications will remember where you last saved a
file and will default to that place in the future unless you override the
default.

For example, when you download a file from the internet, if you change the
default to a folder on your second drive, it will henceforth save all
downloads to that folder, until you change the setting again.

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Old 16-08-2007, 05:29 AM   #3
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RE: 2nd hard drive added how do I set up 2nd drive to auto store data

A friend of mine helped me when I purchased a new used computer. I'm no
expert but he installed a old hard drive from my old pc into new used one.
There is micro switches on front or rear of hd's. These switches can be used
to determine wich hard drive will be the default or primary hd.
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"novist1" wrote:

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> --
> novist1
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> I have a 10 G HD, I added a 40 G. HD, I can save files to the second HD,
> but my computer does not use the 2nd hard drive to store files, I am getting
> low disc space warnings, and the HD is almost full, is there a setting or
> program that will cause my computer to automatically save files to a 2nd HD,
> thanks

 
Old 16-08-2007, 05:29 AM   #4
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Re: 2nd hard drive added how do I set up 2nd drive to auto store data

You may want to consider moving the location of the 'My Documents' folder to
your second drive.
How to do this: http://www.techsupportalert.com/how_..._documents.htm

JS

"novist1" <novist1*************> wrote in message
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> --
> novist1
>
> I have a 10 G HD, I added a 40 G. HD, I can save files to the second HD,
> but my computer does not use the 2nd hard drive to store files, I am
> getting
> low disc space warnings, and the HD is almost full, is there a setting or
> program that will cause my computer to automatically save files to a 2nd
> HD,
> thanks



 
Old 16-08-2007, 05:29 AM   #5
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"Stuart A" <StuartA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:604F51FE-EEDC-4514-BD77-06ED57B88074@microsoft.com...

>A friend of mine helped me when I purchased a new used computer. I'm no
> expert but he installed a old hard drive from my old pc into new used one.
> There is micro switches on front or rear of hd's. These switches can be used
> to determine wich hard drive will be the default or primary hd.
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> Stewy


That has nothing to do with what the OP wants and there are no micro switches on the HD. What you refer to as a micro switch is called Jumpers, which can be set as Cable Select, Master or Slave. If none of the pins are Jumped it is set as Single, used when no other drives are not connected to the same data cable that the drive is on.
The OP queried on how to automatically save data to the added HD which can not be done in the way asked.


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> "novist1" wrote:
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>> novist1
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>> I have a 10 G HD, I added a 40 G. HD, I can save files to the second HD,
>> but my computer does not use the 2nd hard drive to store files, I am getting
>> low disc space warnings, and the HD is almost full, is there a setting or
>> program that will cause my computer to automatically save files to a 2nd HD,
>> thanks
 
Old 16-08-2007, 05:29 AM   #6
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"novist1" <novist1*************> wrote in message news:9207EA54-F174-49B0-A677-84EB992355D4@microsoft.com...

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> --
> novist1
>
> I have a 10 G HD, I added a 40 G. HD, I can save files to the second HD,
> but my computer does not use the 2nd hard drive to store files, I am getting
> low disc space warnings, and the HD is almost full, is there a setting or
> program that will cause my computer to automatically save files to a 2nd HD,
> thanks



Aside from the other responses, you could create file specific folders on the second HD and move files from the original HD to these folders to open up space on the original HD. Create a folder for graphics and move your pictures/graphic files to it, create a document folder and move any doc files to it, create a audio folder and move your song/sound files to it, etc. etc..

If you want to be more specific you could create the graphic folder and the create sub folders in it. You would name the subfolders appropriately to the content they will contain such as a drawing folder, video folder, photo folder etc.etc..

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Brian A. Sesko { MS MVP_Shell/User }
Conflicts start where information lacks.
http://basconotw.mvps.org/

Suggested posting do's/don'ts: http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375


 
Old 16-08-2007, 05:30 AM   #7
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Re: 2nd hard drive added how do I set up 2nd drive to auto store data

> I have a 10 G HD, I added a 40 G. HD, I can save files to the second HD,
> but my computer does not use the 2nd hard drive to store files, I am
> getting
> low disc space warnings, and the HD is almost full, is there a setting or
> program that will cause my computer to automatically save files to a 2nd
> HD,
> thanks


Another way to gain space on the smaller drive is to uninstall programs that
are currently installed on the C:\ drive, and reinstall them on the other
drive.

All of these are just temporary solutions. I suggest you backup the data,
change the configuration of the drives so the larger drive is the primary
master, then reinstall XP and programs to that drive, using the second drive
for data storage.

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Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]

 
Old 16-08-2007, 05:30 AM   #8
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"novist1" <novist1*************> wrote in message
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> --
> novist1
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> I have a 10 G HD, I added a 40 G. HD, I can save files to the second HD,
> but my computer does not use the 2nd hard drive to store files, I am
> getting
> low disc space warnings, and the HD is almost full, is there a setting or
> program that will cause my computer to automatically save files to a 2nd
> HD,
> thanks


Your computer does what you tell it.

When you install a program, or save a file, in most cases you have control
over where that information is stored. Usually when you are asked to save a
file, it will be to the last directory you saved to.

As others have said, if you use My Documents, then you can change the
default directory for that, but otherwise any file saved will be to where
ever you tell your PC to save it.

You might want to check your temp directories are empty, or maybe even move
your swap file to the second disk. You could reduce the amount of space
reserved for the recycle bin, or system restore functions, but it's probably
not large at the moment because they are based on a percentage of the
HDD/partition.

10 GB isn't much these days, and depending on the amount of RAM you have
it's even less.

I have 1 GB of RAM, and my swapfile is 1.5 GB.

I would suggest you retire the 10 GB drive and get another HDD and put your
system on a larger HDD.

I use a 40 GB drive for my system and my data drives are separate. That way
I don't need to worry about my data and can do a quick system restore if
need be. It also means I have plenty of room to install new programs without
having to worry about disk space. Don't forget most setup programs use the
system drive for setup purposes, so the amount of space needed can go up
dramatically, when archived files are extracted etc.


 
 

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