Windows 10: Install second hdd

  1.    27 Jul 2017 #1

    Install second hdd

    Just decided to install a second HDD to hold my documents photos etc how would I set that drive H to save my items.
    I want all my stuff to save to that H HHD automatic upon selecting save as.
    My C drive has the O/P and all programs.
    Any help please.
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  2.    27 Jul 2017 #2

    Hi, you could consider relocating folders, however some users manage to get themselves into great difficulty when doing this. (You can research relevant threads).

    Change Save Location for New Apps in Windows 10 Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
    Documents Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
    Move Location of Downloads Folder in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

    More if you search the Tutorials:
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index Windows 10 Tutorials

    Note the discussion here:
    Locating saved files - Windows 10 Forums
    There is no guarantee that you can get 'Save as' to be be consistent- it's dependent on the implementation of the application.

    It is an excellent idea to keep your user data off C: - whether on a separate partition on the system disk, or on a different physical disk.
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  3.    27 Jul 2017 #3

    Thanks will have a good read on those links you gave,I'm sure that will answer my issue.
    Thank You very much.
    From South Wales UK.
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  4.    27 Jul 2017 #4

    I like to use junction points. Documents, for example: On you H: drive make a folder you want for your documents. Mine is H:\John\Documents. Move you Documents into the new folder, so your old documents under C:\Users is empty then in a Command Prompt (Admin) window:

    mklink /J C:\Users\John\Documents H:\John\Documents

    Now the C:\Users\John\Documents folder will appear to operate just like it always did - but it is actually H:\John\Documents that is being physically used.
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  5.    27 Jul 2017 #5

    All done Thank You both for help once again
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  6.    28 Jul 2017 #6

    dafydd said: View Post
    Just decided to install a second HDD to hold my documents photos etc how would I set that drive H to save my items.
    I want all my stuff to save to that H HHD automatic upon selecting save as.
    My C drive has the O/P and all programs.
    Any help please.
    Post 2 contains all of the information you need. Be careful of moving all save locations in your user accounts from drive C: to your HDD since some users have reported problems when upgrading Windows. I would just relocate the largest user folders from the C: drive to the HDD i.e. Documents, Pictures, Videos & Music. Navigate to each of those folders on your C: drive, right click, select properties then go to the Location tab from where you can select Move to change the folder location. You need a backup strategy to backup your user files which will then be split between drive C: and your HDD.
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  7.    28 Jul 2017 #7

    My personal choice- on a single user PC- is to create my own folders on a separate disk or partition and make no changes to Windows default folders. Why? By default installed programs create many folders in Documents, Videos etc- so they don't just contain 'my' documents and files, but a load of stuff related to those programs including working space. I.e. a mess.

    And you could also include new folders you create on a separate disk within Windows default libraries. Care needed with permissions on a multi-user PC.

    That avoids any of the risks of relocating them.

    (Note- I have relocated my Desktop- although I keep little on it, years ago I found it one place I was at risk of losing things if I had to reinstall Windows, or needed special action to recover data from).
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       28 Jul 2017 #8

    Yep, just move the items from C to the storage drive, confirm they are there then delete them from C.
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