Spare Drive Guide


The purpose of this article is to provide the computer user with the methodologies to effectively manage data on a computer that has more than one drive other than the Drive C, e.g. Drive D or Drive E or Drive F, etc….

Introduction

Problem 1:  When the Windows Operating System is installed, all folders and files set up to the first active partition upon the first physical hard drive, e.g. Drive C.

Problem 2:  The Drive C is running low on free disk space.

Solution:  Relocate folders to the spare drive.

Benefit:  The computer user will achieve improved system performance by way of:

  • Reduced file fragmentation,
  • Improved accessibility to data and
  • Circumventing loss of data, especially user data loss due to reformatting or o.s. reinstallation.

How

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Additional Informaiton

Note: Each sub-article above should be read in its entirety, including any notes and tips that employ other considerations before executing any of the steps.

Tip:  If your computer has only master hard disk with a Drive C, i.e. one large formatted partition, then logical drive can be added to the disk with a disk partitioning program.  Click here for more info:  More Info .

Tip:  Another solution is to add another physical hard drive to the motherboard as a slave disk.

Warning:  The methodlogies provided in these articles should not be applied to portable storage devices.  Portable devices are volatile and can become unrecognizable, loose power or assigned new drive letters by windows.

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