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#1 10 years ago

For some reason the 400 gig capacity seems to be split into 4 drives... how should I go about installing stuff? I dont want to fill up one HD so much that it slows down while the rest are hardly touched. Should I alternate which I install/download stuff to? Would games be faster if they are on the OS drive? Also, there are random little hiccups in my computers performance, like when im typing fast, letters will stop appearing for a split second, then appear a bunch at once. Its doing it periodically. What is this? Its really annoying.




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#2 10 years ago

That's a bit weird, are you running anything in the backround that could be slowing it the computer down? The 4 HD's are going to be the same speed since its actually on one HD. I've never seen that before, are they backup drives? I've seen vista do that on my friends computer, showed a 10gb HD called backup that was actually just 10gb taken from the one HD.




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#3 10 years ago
Babeman;4582790That's a bit weird, are you running anything in the backround that could be slowing it the computer down? The 4 HD's are going to be the same speed since its actually on one HD. I've never seen that before, are they backup drives? I've seen vista do that on my friends computer, showed a 10gb HD called backup that was actually just 10gb taken from the one HD.

Really? The specs on new egg state 2x200 gigs, but when I look at 'computer' I have C, D, F G drives. All split to around 90 gigs... Are you saying they really are together?




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#4 10 years ago

lol...just..lol *Shakes Head*

Your hard drives have been paritioned, they are still the same size. Each 200GB HDD has been "Split" into two parts. It helps to keep things tidy and organized.

Delete (If not data is in them) D, F, and G, then create a new one under drive letter 'E'.

I suggest always keeping the OS in its own partition labeled "System"




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Sgt. D. Pilla;4582915lol...just..lol *Shakes Head* Your hard drives have been paritioned, they are still the same size. Each 200GB HDD has been "Split" into two parts. It helps to keep things tidy and organized. Delete (If not data is in them) D, F, and G, then create a new one under drive letter 'E'. I suggest always keeping the OS in its own partition labeled "System"

Oh comeone man, Ive owned a vista machine for about 23 hours, go easy on me. How do I do what you described? Theres no delete option under right click, and the delete button wont work. I also dont know how to create a new one.




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#6 10 years ago

Vista, XP, Win 98, Win 95, they all do it ;) Don't mess with partitions if you don't know how, its really quite that simple.

Is there ANY data in the partitions? Including your boot sector? Chances are there will be




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#7 10 years ago
Sgt. D. Pilla;4582961Vista, XP, Win 98, Win 95, they all do it ;) Don't mess with partitions if you don't know how, its really quite that simple. Is there ANY data in the partitions? Including your boot sector? Chances are there will be

Well, Ive never had a computer that had HDs split like this unless they were seperate HDs. There is a file in D called msdia80.dll. I assume thats the info you are talking about? The others, F and G, say 'this folder is empty' when i click on them, but they have .1 gigs used according to their status. Now what?




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#8 10 years ago

Bump. Can anyone tell me how to do this? Or explain how this works more in depth so I know where to install stuff/in what order? Yeah I dont know a whole lot about this.




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#9 10 years ago

Alright. With two hard drives, usually you would have a C and a D drive. The company that made your laptop just split each of your hard drives, so that you have a C, D, E, and F. There's really no problem with that, unless it bothers you. It's only done for organization, and there is no difference in speed between the two setups. Sgt. D. Pilla. was just suggesting you merged all the drives in to one letter for simplicity. If you would prefer it to be that way, just say so, and I can give you some info on how to do that.

To answer your question on where to install, your games will work fine on any of the drives. Just avoid putting games on the drive that has Windows Vista installed to it (probably C). They'll work fine on that drive, but it's just good practice to put them on a different one.

Simply find a drive which has no folders or files on it, and install away. You can put your games on one drive, or multiple drives. Either way, it won't make a difference as long as you defragment the drives now and then.

Just treat the drives as folders: The way you organize them is completely up to you. For example, you could have a drive for Music and Movies, another for Games, and Programs on another. It's all personal preference. Just know that whatever you do, there shouldn't be any major performance differences.




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#10 10 years ago
The-Bleh-Bleh;4585300Alright. With two hard drives, usually you would have a C and a D drive. The company that made your laptop just split each of your hard drives, so that you have a C, D, E, and F. There's really no problem with that, unless it bothers you. It's only done for organization, and there is no difference in speed between the two setups. Sgt. D. Pilla. was just suggesting you merged all the drives in to one letter for simplicity. If you would prefer it to be that way, just say so, and I can give you some info on how to do that. To answer your question on where to install, your games will work fine on any of the drives. Just avoid putting games on the drive that has Windows Vista installed to it (probably C). They'll work fine on that drive, but it's just good practice to put them on a different one. Simply find a drive which has no folders or files on it, and install away. You can put your games on one drive, or multiple drives. Either way, it won't make a difference as long as you defragment the drives now and then. Just treat the drives as folders: The way you organize them is completely up to you. For example, you could have a drive for Music and Movies, another for Games, and Programs on another. It's all personal preference. Just know that whatever you do, there shouldn't be any major performance differences.

I think I would like to look into merging them please. I thought he meant merge into two, one for each HD? If theres a way to put them all in one, Id like to do that. Theres nothing bad about that, is there? I dont want to mess around with the split thing unless it offers any speed or other major benefeits. Id just like it to be nice and simple. The drives are C, D, F and G. E is my optical. EDIT: Also Im trying to manage my start up processes, cause theres just too damn many of them. I found the software explorer in windows defender, but I need some help figuring out how to work it. For example, under that start up list theres only some, but under my task manager theres like 80 background things running. IF i go under currently running programs in defender I get a list of I think everything thats running, but Im not sure how to disable them from starting when I boot up. Dont want all this crap eating up my resources.