Setting up a second hard drive.

October 15, 2012 at 20:49:56
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit, AMD 8150/ 32 ghs
I would like to know how to set up my second hard drive to store music and videos and also to load games on. I am out of space on my first drive and have plenty on the second but I am unsure how to set it up and be able to access the files and games. Is there anyone who would please take a moment to explain this to me? Thank you.

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October 15, 2012 at 23:17:33
Don't worry it is very simple.
-connect the drive(i guess this is internal sata drive)
-watch the post screen or enter BIOS to confirm if the drive is detected
-go to disk management, from there u can format(format using NTFS) and partition the drive.
To access disk management right click my computer icon > manage > expand storage then disk management

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October 16, 2012 at 05:16:11
You can then copy many files from the first drive and move paste them into the new drive to free up some space. Some use the second drive just for personal files freeing up space for programs on the original drive. To install programs onto the new drive (if you decide to do this), you just choose Custom during the installation and when it asks you if it is OK to install it in the preselected folder, just substitute the new drive letter for the C: at the beginning of the file name. The install program will create any folders needed and install it. Any programs that are already installed cannot be moved like files but need to be uninstalled and reinstalled, which is probably why most people just move their files from the old drive to the new drive and use the original one for operating system and programs primarily.
Another option is if the drive is sufficiently large, make a separate partition on the new drive (probably 100GB or so) and after moving your files, doing a disk clean up and a defrag, make an image of your C drive and put it on that extra partition on the new drive (Windows 7 can do this within the back up section) in addition to your normal back ups so recovery of the drive is even easier.

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