Ho do I set up a data drive?

April 17, 2011 at 21:41:47
Specs: Windows 7, i7-960/12GB
In a new computer that has both a system drive and a data drive, how do I tell Win 7 that I want my personal data such as music, pics and videos on one drive and the OS and installed programs on the other? By default, Windows has put everything on one drive, and although the other drive functions, it is empty!

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#1
April 18, 2011 at 04:58:19
By default, most programs will install on the C drive unless when you install it, you choose the advanced tab, which will give you the option to choose a different location. In your case, you would choose the D drive. Programs can't be moved after they are installed because of the registry entries that map the drive, If you want to install programs on the D drive, you'll have to reinstall them. Pictures, movies etc. can be moved to the D drive by simply dragging and dropping them using windows explorer. If you want them in a specific folder, open your D drive and right click on the empty space and select New, which will give you the option to create a new folder. Name it what you like. Once you have your folders created, you can drag and drop the data into the folders. Once that's done, you can delete the duplicates on the C drive.

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#2
April 19, 2011 at 12:16:20
I found that MOVING the existing Documents (and similar) folder from their present location on C drive and then putting short cuts back to them in the original location of those folders is just enough to make the new location both the new default and just as easy for you to find. You can also put a short cut to the new location on your desktop to make it even easier for you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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