Windows 7 Boot Drive getting full

February 26, 2013 at 07:57:37
Specs: Windows 7, i5-2500K @ 3.30Ghz/8GB DDR3 1866 RAM
I messed up my last install of Windows 7, it somehow got spread over 2 SSDs so that without both Windows will not load, maybe I shouldn't have had them both installed at the time. Anyway, the drives are getting full, despite my attempts to install new software, pictures, and music on the one that isn't the "main" drive.

I have a new (larger) SSD with a clean install of Windows 7 and I want to start using that as my boot drive. I want to wipe the other two SSDs (to clear off that old, fragmented OS install) and use them as storage drives BUT I have programs, pictures, and music on them I want to retrieve first. What's the best way to do that? Get an external drive and copy the file to it before wiping the SSDs?

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February 26, 2013 at 08:58:17
Most people use the SSD for the OS a few primary programs & have a mechanical HDD for 2ndary programs & storage. I'm guessing you have your SSDs in a RAID configuration?

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February 26, 2013 at 09:05:26
Not intentionally, was pretty sure I hadn't enabled RAID. As far as the drives go, I would like to have one for Windows (boot) one for iTunes, and one for Adobe CS6. I also have a 500GB mechanical (SATA) drive for storage.

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February 26, 2013 at 20:00:32
Moving files is easy, you just copy/paste them say onto your conventional hard drive. Programs are not movable unless you clone the drive onto a new drive, but that will not solve your problem. It is best when you install your OS with only the one drive plugged in at that time (all other hard drives unplugged) so all of the boot files are on the same drive (a clean install) as the rest of the operating system. Most of your programs can be on your primary SSD if it is large enough, Photoshop and possibly a few other programs can be on a second SSD drive. You can designate a portion of the third SSD for your scratch disk for Photoshop if needed and/or use it for image files that you are currently working on with daily copies placed on the conventional hard drive for safety. Most storage should be on the conventional hard drive(s), though if you work with very large image files, 500GB may not feel very large for very long.

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

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