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Tips to Use Multiple Hard Drives with Windows

Generally, you would use multiple hard drives for backup and storage purposes. In order to make the best use of them, there are some cool things you can do. In this article, we give you tips on maximizing the use of additional drives.

  1. Make use of libraries

For example, you could have music or video files on different hard drives. To access them, you will have to go through the pain of browsing through each of them. To make this more convenient, use Libraries for them all to appear in a single place.

To do this, just right-click on the file/folder and click on Include in Library. Then choose the type of file – Music or video or documents. This way, you can add all the files you wish to have together in the Library.

  1. Combine drives into a virtual single drive

This is done through a feature called Storage Spaces. You can basically combine multiple hard drives into a single virtual drive. This way you will have one large drive and can be used in 3 different ways – Simple, Mirrored and Parity Space.

A simple space provides most storage, but only a single copy of files will be stored. You will have no protection if you don’t have a backup elsewhere.

A mirror space stores multiple copies of your files. It protects you from data loss situations.

Parity space stores a single copy of your files along with parity information. This way you will have protection if a drive fails and also more space.

This is how you can use multiple hard drives as a single storage space using the 3 options provided.

  1. Choose what to save where

If you are using two drives – an SSD and a mechanical drive in your system, choose where you will save what wisely. If you have large media files, it is good to store them on the mechanical drive.

Store only your operating system files, programs, and files you need to access frequently on the SSD.

  1. Move the Windows page file

The page file is used as a buffer by Windows when your system’s RAM is full. The default location of your page file is C:\. If you wish to save space on C:\ drive, you can move it to another drive. It is ideal to move it to an SSD if you are using one. This way the Page file can be accessed faster.

  1. Install programs to appropriate drives

When installing a new program, choose where you wish to save it wisely.  For example, when installing a new game, do it on your SSD, so you can access it quickly.

Similarly, save large and infrequently accessed files to your mechanical drive.

Whatever you do to play around with additional hard drives, be sure to backup important data. We don’t usually back up until we become victims of data loss and learn it the hard way. Start early and back up your data. However, if you have lost data and looking for help, refer data recovery from corrupted hard drive.

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