Hard Drive Problems

Discussion in 'Hardware - PCs, Consoles, Gadgets' started by Dennis48, Feb 1, 2013.

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  1. Have an Acer G5900 Predator Desktop with tw0 250gb drives, have just got a message that one drive is full and I need more space. What I don't understand is why it doesn't just carry on to the other drive? Any ideas or suggestions would be welcomed.
     
  2. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    you would have to create a raid array to do that. it would work but if one drive failed then you could lose everything.

    just move your porn stash to the other drive and free up the 200gb.

    partition the drives so you have a small docs partition for important stuff which can be backed up from the other drive, then have stuff partitions filled with movies, music, naked ladies etc..
     
  3. Get a bigger hard drive as well
     
  4. 1Tb USB drives are cheap and plug'n play.
     
  5. phil245

    phil245 LE Book Reviewer

    One drive would have been setup as your C:\ drive and all of your programs and data would have been stored there automatically unless you have set your programs to save to your other drive, d:\ drive. The Acer G5900 uses Sata drives, these are fairly cheap at the moment, Have a look at Cheap Laptops, Tablet PC, and Cheap LED TVs | Ebuyer.com, they have got a Seagate 2TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive
    for £74.99. Any computer technician can fit it for you and back up your data for you in about an hour. get them to partition the hard drive into 5 partitions of 200gb each, this will make your computer run a bit faster as it wouldn't be spend time looking for your data. hope this helps. if you have any problems PM me.
     
  6. You may have filled one partition with backup and restore points. Get rid of the earlier backups, keep the first couple and bin the rest. You may also have the laptop setup to do backups everyday, so ask about on the internet for a way to change the settings.
     
  7. Windows has been able to handle "soft RAID" natively for donkeys. It's just not a feature they talk about a lot. Google "Drive Spanning".
     
  8. Having 'upgraded' my desktop to fit bigger and bigger hard drives over the years. I found myself with a number of perfectly serviceable hard disks of various capacities lying around.

    Came across this (well not this one, but something similar), and it's ace. Slot in the old hard disk, use it for backups, stuff I don't want lying around, archived business stuff, etc. Take it out and lock it away. Job jobbed.

    I've just seen that you can but neoprene sleeves for the old hard drives, I might invest in a few

    SATA USB Hard Drive Docking Station with HUB & CardReader : Hard Drive Docks : Maplin Electronics
     
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  9. Have fitted a 1TB hard drive in my desktop. What is the best way to spread the files over the 3 discs? Is there any software available to do this? thanks
     
  10. What kind of a 1TB drive have you fitted? An external USB drive or an internal SATA drive?

    Can the pc see the new drive on Windows Explorer or equivalent?

    What operating system are you using?

    How much do you know about pcs?

    Lits
     
  11. At the risk of repeating myself... Assuming that you're using Windoze... It handles "software RAID" natively.
    No extra software required.
     
  12. Western Digital 1TB it's an internal drive slotted into one of the expansion slots fitted to my pc
    Yes I can see the drive on the pc via windows
    Am using Windows 7
    Not enough apparently.

    Is the RAID software in-built within windows or do I have to download it?
     
  13. It's built in. Google "windows 7 disk spanning" and see what you turn up.

    Not being funny, but the reason I'm telling you to Google rather than trying to explain it, apart from the fact I'm not so hot on Windows anymore, is that whether you can understand the instructions that you Google up is a fair indication of whether you should be doing it yourself or not.
     
  14. I'm no RAID expert, but would a RAID setup not require starting from scratch with all drives formatted and a fresh Windows install?
     
  15. That would be the easiest, safest and most sensible way to do it, but it's really partitions you're talking about as it's all logical anyway.

    So you can do it on the fly okay.

    If you leave your bootable drive with the OS on it alone and just span your additional drives you don't even need to work any partition jiggery pokery.