New Pc with 1TB Hard Drive & 256GB SSD - where do I put my folders?

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  1. Posts : 35,628
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #11

    I've already answered that I believe. Here is my answer again for your perusal:

    A good idea is to keep personal data off C: Why? If you need to clean install Windows, and your personal data isn't on C: , it's not affected.
    Plus that leaves more space for programs on C:

    I dont know a thing about ssds. Just read they make a pc faster
    For most people, the main practical benefit of a SSD is the shorter boot time.

    So I can use it for storage too? Is that what D drive is?
    All drives of any kind store things.

    Your D: drive uses magnetism to store and read data. The disks inside spin very fast. It has a motor inside. It has moving parts.
    Your SSD (Solid state disk) has no moving parts. It's all chips- semiconductors.

    If you were to drop your D: onto a hard surface from a few feet, you might break the bits inside and it wouldn't work any more.

    If you were to drop your SSD, provided there was no physical damage to connectors, for example, it would probably be ok.
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  2. Posts : 103
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #12

    Thanks
    So is D Drive the SSD? How do I tell?

    If I dont store personal stuff on C Drive where do I store them?
    Always have done & back up to external.
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  3. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #13

    JO69 said:
    Sorry am finding it hard to understand.................I have always copied my music, photos and videos from my external to c drive..........I dont know a thing about ssds.................So I can use it for storage too?.....................Is that what D drive is................Where do you folks put your files?
    Yes, you can use the SSD for storage.

    Very few people would put files on an external if they had an available internal.

    Is your D external or internal? I am guessing external, but you have not said.

    For the third time: what are your plans for the D drive? Why do you own it at all?

    If it is an external you COULD put files there if they will not fit on the SSD.

    Or you could put files on the SSD.

    It's up to you to decide based on how much space your "files" occupy.

    The default standard advice would be to put them on the internal SSD if they will fit there.

    You could certainly make a folder on the SSD called "my stuff" and put everything there.

    You have a lot of choices, but you haven't given us the right details about HOW MUCH STORAGE SPACE YOU NEED.

    If your files total 300 GB, they obviously will not fit on a 256 GB SSD.
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  4. Posts : 35,628
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #14

    Of course you can store anything you want on C:

    As I said before, my preference is to put my personal data on a disk or partition other than C: (the O/S).
    - because that will be obliterated when you do a clean install.

    You can create a new partition (E: for example) on your SSD and put data on that. That would be independent of your O/S. But there's no point as you have a large HDD waiting hungrily for your data.

    How do you know?
    a. what did you buy- what were the specs.
    b. any number of disk-related programs such as Crystal Diskinfo (free) or a program listing PC info such as Speccy - see Storage on the right.
    c. common sense- on a cost benefit basis, the larger disk is more likely to be a HDD.
    New Pc with 1TB Hard Drive & 256GB SSD - where do I put my folders?-1.png

    (msinfo32.exe does not tell you this directly).
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  5. Posts : 1,474
    Windows 10 Pro
       #15

    Moving the user folders to another drive makes imaging backups of the system problematic. Leave the users folders where they are and ...
    - manually save your user files to the D:\ drive
    - set up a program to periodically move any files in the user system folder, to the D:\

    My system ...
    - weekly image (Macrium Reflect) of the system drive (C:\), OS and program files. No user files included.
    - nightly transfer of any files in the user system folders on C:\ drive, to D:\ (use Windows Task Scheduler to run a Robocopy script)
    - backup user files from D:\ drive with SyncBackFree
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  6. Posts : 103
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #16

    I have an All In One Computer
    The SSD is in it.
    I chose that one as read that ssds make computers faster.
    I didnt understand what D Drive was.
    I just enjoy using my computer. Nothing complicated.

    I need about 500GB to 750GB For all my files, ebooks,photos, music and videos.
    I have always put them on C Drive.
    Thats it basically.
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  7. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #17

    The SSD is only 256 GB.

    Your files are at least 500 GB.

    You have no choice.

    You must put at least some of them on the D drive.

    You could put some on the SSD and some on D, but that wouldn't make much sense.

    Your SSD presumably contains Windows and applications and maybe whatever you put there by mistake.

    If you have put some of your own files on the SSD for whatever reason, you can move them to the D drive.

    A faster boot speed from the SSD is likely the only difference you will see compared to an ordinary hard drive. It might be a bit faster when opening a big application like Microsoft Office or Photoshop. Your CPU speed is still the most important factor.
    Last edited by ignatzatsonic; 10 Jun 2020 at 05:40.
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  8. Posts : 1,474
    Windows 10 Pro
       #18

    JO69 said:
    I chose that one as read that ssds make computers faster.
    I didnt understand what D Drive was.
    Your computer setup is a very popular (and therefore common) configuration.

    The speed of the SSD is only appreciable for the running of the OS and programs. There is very little advantage in using it for personal data files (including multimedia), hence why most larger capacity 2nd drives only need to be HDD.
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  9. Posts : 103
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #19

    idgat said:
    Your computer setup is a very popular (and therefore common) configuration.

    The speed of the SSD is only appreciable for the running of the OS and programs. There is very little advantage in using it for personal data files (including multimedia), hence why most larger capacity 2nd drives only need to be HDD.
    Thanks very much for your clear easy to understand answer.
    Much appreciated

    Youre a star !
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