How does a combined 256GB SSD and 1TB SATA HDD work together?

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  1. Posts : 109
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
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       #11

    W10 Tweaker said:
    Check out the Tutorials section and you will find excellent guides to help you with many activities. Enjoy the learning adventure.
    Any links?
    Not sure what to search for.
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  2. Posts : 11,387
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       #12

    Autobahn said:
    Any links?
    Not sure what to search for.
    I gave you a link to the main tutorial Move Your Documents Folder Location - TenForumsTutorials
    - At the end of it is a list of corresponding procedures for the other user folders such as Pictures, Music, Videos, Downloads, ...
    - That is all you will have to refer to initially.

    I also gave you links for system imaging with Macrium Reflect free and its TenForumsTutorial but you can delay studying them until later if you wish.
    - Since they also apply to your current Windows 8.1, they would be useful now if you cared to spend the time studying them.
    - If you had studied them & practised beforehand, you'd be able to make your first system image a few minutes after you'd opened the box containing your new computer. That would give you a lot of freedom to experiment with the new computer safe in the knowledge that you could get back to square one easily if you decided to.

    As you get bolder later on you will often find yourself referring to the tutorials index at https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/

    Denis
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  3. Posts : 109
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
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       #13

    Try3 said:
    I gave you a link to the main tutorial Move Your Documents Folder Location - TenForumsTutorials
    - At the end of it is a list of corresponding procedures for the other user folders such as Pictures, Music, Videos, Downloads, ...
    - That is all you will have to refer to initially.

    I also gave you links for system imaging with Macrium Reflect free and its TenForumsTutorial but you can delay studying them until later if you wish.
    - Since they also apply to your current Windows 8.1, they would be useful now if you cared to spend the time studying them.
    - If you had studied them & practised beforehand, you'd be able to make your first system image a few minutes after you'd opened the box containing your new computer. That would give you a lot of freedom to experiment with the new computer safe in the knowledge that you could get back to square one easily if you decided to.

    As you get bolder later on you will often find yourself referring to the tutorials index at https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/

    Denis
    Sorry, missed the link you gave me the first time round.

    I've bought Dell laptops the last few years but I want something a bit more powerful this time.

    At the moment I'm converting all my cds into Flac files and have a few programs open to complete this process.
    I find my laptop gets sluggish and I have to restart every few hours.

    How does a combined 256GB SSD and 1TB SATA HDD work together?-screenhunter_10-sep.-09-14.08.jpg

    This is the specs of my Dell laptop at the moment.

    I was thinking of increasing the RAM to 16GB on a new laptop but as I don't know what I really need so that my laptop won't get sluggish when using a few programs, is more Ram what I need?

    I've come across this one from PC Specialists which seems to have everything i want except a dvd drive, but i already have an external Blu-ray drive so it's not a big deal.

    PCSPECIALIST - Configure the Peripherals to your ideal requirements.

    Looking at the Dell website i'm not even sure if i can have a SSD and HDD together?
    It will be a lot more expensive aswell by the look of it.

    Most probably a good idea to start a new thread for this part.
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  4. Posts : 11,387
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #14

    Autobahn said:
    I've bought Dell laptops the last few years but I want something a bit more powerful this time.
    Looking at the Dell website i'm not even sure if i can have a SSD and HDD together?
    Personally, I do not have a high opinion of Dell any longer.
    - My last purchase [Dec 2016, Dell 17" 7779] was unsatisfactory - they lied during pre-purchase calls, failed to supply a spare battery for the model {it's a fixed internal one} & consistently failed to make good on promises to call me back.
    - My last purchase was against my better judgement after my previous purchase demonstrated serious shortcomings in their design / testing [a WiFi card that had to sit next to the router before it could pick up anything at all].
    - My last purchase was from Dell because I wanted a 17" laptop with a touchscreen and they were the only ones supplying such a computer.

    I am not fit to comment on your RAM requirements. I collected these links on the subject in 2016 and they might help you decide
    How much RAM do I need - ZDNet
    How Much RAM Does Your Computer Need for PC Games - HTG
    How Much RAM Does Your PC Need 8GB Is the Sweet Spot - Digital Trends

    Dell do still do computers with SSD & HDD. Mine has this facility [the SSD is an M.2 card] and I think it is much better than having everything on one drive or partitioning a single drive to behave as two [for the sake of system imaging].
    - I found this in a quick search of the Dell website - six models in the Dell G7 17 gaming laptop range. This is just an example & is not a recommendation - these particular computers would seem to be seriously overspecified for your requirements.
    - I think I have also seen two-disk computers on HP's website.

    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  5. Posts : 34,962
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #15

    I never use the Location tab on the default folders.
    Why?
    a. they fill with folders I don't create, but programs I install do (their working folders). Thus to me Documents etc are 'their' folders.
    b. People have made really bad mistakes when relocating such folders. Very easy to do that, and nigh impossible without days of really expert help to undo sometimes.
    c. I create my own folders on my hard disk. If you wish, these can be added to a library, for example (tutorials on library management available).
    d. There's a possible argument that some programs might not respect the relocation and be hard coded to use the default location.

    It's your choice, of course.

    Here's a searchable list of tutorials, which grow by 20-30 a month:

    Windows 10 Tutorial Index
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  6. Posts : 1,806
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       #16

    dalchina said:
    I never use the Location tab on the default folders.
    Why?
    a. they fill with folders I don't create, but programs I install do (their working folders). Thus to me Documents etc are 'their' folders.
    b. People have made really bad mistakes when relocating such folders. Very easy to do that, and nigh impossible without days of really expert help to undo sometimes.
    c. I create my own folders on my hard disk. If you wish, these can be added to a library, for example (tutorials on library management available).
    d. There's a possible argument that some programs might not respect the relocation and be hard coded to use the default location.

    It's your choice, of course.

    Here's a searchable list of tutorials, which grow by 20-30 a month:

    Windows 10 Tutorial Index

    I've avoided using the default folders since I started messing about with PC's until sometime last year. I was of the same opinion, these folders were NOT mine.

    I've since remapped several of the folder locations such as Downloads to my data-only drive. I'm interested to learn why you have concerns about this practice, besides the potential of 'screwing up' during the actual remapping process.
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  7. Posts : 109
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       #17

    W10 Tweaker said:
    I've avoided using the default folders since I started messing about with PC's until sometime last year. I was of the same opinion, these folders were NOT mine.

    I've since remapped several of the folder locations such as Downloads to my data-only drive. I'm interested to learn why you have concerns about this practice, besides the potential of 'screwing up' during the actual remapping process.
    This is what I would be worried about. I think it would be best for me to stick with a normal 1TB HDD.
    It will be quick enough for me.
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  8. Posts : 34,962
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       #18

    You don't have to worry about it- simply don't use Location if you prefer not.

    Further, if you have just the one disk, you should consider creating a partition for your personal data.
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  9. Posts : 6
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       #19

    dalchina said:
    Normally the OS is on the SSD together with all installed programs and the HDD used for data.

    I have exactly that on one laptop as you can see from my specs.

    I have far more progs installed than most users, but no large games. My SSD is probably used to about 50% capacity.

    I do not use the default library folders for personal files- those are all on the HDD, along with files related to Thunderbird and Firefox (emails etc, favourites, profile). The default folders fill with folders created by installed programs. Relocation of these can create serious problems if the user makes an error in doing so.

    Most obvious advantages of the SSD:
    - boot to lock screen in typically under 13s from a cold start
    - fast disk imaging
    - more physically robust
    Hello,

    My 3 week old laptop has hardware configuration that is similar to yours, the SSD is 128GB. I configured it to download files and to save "Documents" to the D drive.

    I started with 85GB free space on the C drive, this has now reduced to 67 GB. Disk cleanup didn't help.

    Wondering how to resolve this issue.
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  10. Posts : 11,387
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #20

    RKGarg said:
    Hello,

    My 3 week old laptop has hardware configuration that is similar to yours, the SSD is 128GB. I configured it to download files and to save "Documents" to the D drive.

    I started with 85GB free space on the C drive, this has now reduced to 67 GB. Disk cleanup didn't help.

    Wondering how to resolve this issue.
    This thread is still active. It would be better for you to create a thread of your own.

    Denis
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