How should I configure a SSD & HDD for photo editing?

  1. mkj307's Avatar
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    How should I configure a SSD & HDD for photo editing?

    I had to send my HP Envy back as it was defective. I am in the process of picking out a new one & I would like to know if having a SSD & HDD would be best for photo editing? I have read so many different opinions about what to store on each that I don't know what to do. I would need to know how to get downloads to get to a particular drive & how to get my documents , photos, etc to automatically save on the HDD. I would appreciate any help you could give me.
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  2. TV2's Avatar
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    When it comes to file storage, a hard drive is a hard drive. You would use Windows Explorer to choose what Hard Disk or Drive Letter (partition) or Folder you wanted to save your stuff in. Don't over-think it.

    For programs loading into Windows or running for file editing the process will be faster from the SSD than from the HDD. So you might benefit from installing the photo editing program on the SSD.

    But the actual photo files can be on either. They may take a few (mili) seconds longer to load from the HDD, but once loaded the rest of the work is processor and memory dependent and the speed of file-save is pretty much irrelevant.
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  3. Try3's Avatar
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    You can set up the computer to save downloads, documents, pictures, ... on the HDD to avoid using up space on the SSD containing Windows & your applications. This is a fairly common thing to do.

    See Relocating user folders in Windows 7 and Windows 10 Relocating these "user folders" will reduce your C drive usage to about 40GB or less.

    ** Where you use such facilities as the File explorer, This PC, Documents entry or Libraries you are in fact making use of hidden shortcuts to the folders in C:\Users\YourUserName\Documents etc - it is this path that your own files are actually stored in by default {until you "relocate" them to a folder of your own choosing on your HDD}.

    Having this split between C & D drives can be very useful for backing up - C drive is your system drive and D drive is your own collection of files. You can use System images for your system drive and straightforward file backups for your own files.

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  4. pparks1's Avatar
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    Everything on the SSD if you can, skip the HDD unless you need it. The only real advantage to storing things NOT on the SSD is to save space on the SSD. If however, you can store everything you want on the SSD, you might as well use it.
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  5. mkj307's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home Ver 1803 Build 17134.228
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    Thank you all for your tips! I have a lot of photos & genealogy documents so I will need to put them on the HDD.
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