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Proper or Best way to use my newly installed WD SATA external Hard Drive;

My original and existing hard drive on my computer is only 40GB, actual space some 33GB. Because it filled up I purchased an WD(Western Digital) SATA Hard Drive with 350 GB, actual total size 232GB. Had it set up for use by an IT or computer store. It works, as I have already 5GB of data on it.

My question is:
What is the best way to use this external hard drive so that my computer HD does not fill up again? it is now down again to some 700.57 MB.
Do I just turn the external HD on every time I use the computer? will the data & stuff automatically load unto the external HD and not onto the computer?
Do I have to download from my computer hard drive onto the external one any data to make space?
I am at a loss as to how best to use the external HD. When I bought it, I thought the data will automatically load onto the external HD. Instead I continued to receive notification that "MY Hard Drive" is running out of space.
Please help with some suggestions. I would appreciate it.

I am using an IBM Think Center Desktop, Type:8085-33U, A50, XP/Pro, Service Pack 3, 1GB Ram, 33.35GB original HD space, Current free space: 700.57 MB

I have another external drive for back-ups only and I have backed up onto it a few times, not that I know how to retrieve the data yet in case of computer failure.
Again, Your help would be very much appreciated,
Thank you,
Heinrich Della Scala
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Re: Proper or Best way to use my newly installed WD SATA...


Based on your post/description and your queries:
1. What is the best way to use this external hard drive so that my computer HD does not fill up again?
I would suggest that you move most if not all of your work files (not system files) to the WD 350 GB Hard Drive, The files that normally consume a lot of space are movie files, picture files, music files & some others. Creating a link to your external to your desktop should make it fairly easy to access those files.
2. Do I just turn the external HD on every time I use the computer?
If you will follow #1, then you need turn on your external HD every time you use your PC since the files will be there and no longer in your main drive (C:).
3.will the data & stuff automatically load unto the external HD and not onto the computer?
No, not unless you have a software specifically for that purpose running and preset to automatically backup your system or files.. But then again back up means a copy of the original meaning the original 40Gb has still the files with a copy in the 350Gb. You are not saving space in the 40 Gb but merely replicating some of its contents.
4.Do I have to download from my computer hard drive onto the external one any data to make space?
Yes, but not only download, you need to "move" the files from the 40 to the 350 to make space.

Some suggestions:
a. Move all contents of your My Documents to the 350 and create a link/shortcut to your desktop;
b. Clean your Temporary files and your Temporary Internet Files as well as your cookies. This is best done using the Disk Cleanup command (in XP - Start/All Programs/ Accessories/System Tools/Disk Cleanup. Select what you don't need and follow on-screen instructions);

Hope that this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things worked out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Re: Proper or Best way to use my newly installed WD SATA...

You will have to manually move your old files onto the hard drive, and manually save any new files there. It's really pretty easy.

Open up My Computer and you should see at least two drives; one will be your old one and another one will be the new drive; open your old drive in one window, then the new one in another window (just open My Computer again and select the newer drive). You can then move files from one to the other my dragging while holding down the right mouse button; after you let go it will ask you whether you want to Copy or Move; select Move.

When you save new work, if you want it to save to the new hard drive just tell it to.

One thing to note though is that unless you've got lots of media files, most of what is filling up your hard drive is probably application software (i.e. the stuff that's filling up your Start menu). For any new applications you install, just make sure that you tell it to install to a directory on your new drive (for instance, if they normally install to C:\Program FIles\[Something], tell it to install to D:\Program Files\[Something], or replace D:\ with the letter of your new drive if it's something else). It is a little bit harder to move existing applications to the new drive, because some settings may not get carried over automatically. You can try to just copy the program files from one drive to the other tho, it should work in most cases. If it doesn't, consider backing up your settings for that program, uninstalling, and then reinstalling in a location on the new drive.

Hope that helps. Let us know if you have follow-up questions.

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Re: Proper or Best way to use my newly installed WD SATA...

The files are placed on the drive by you. Unless someone setup a special application files will not automatically migrate to another drive. You would not generally want them to because they would never be where you left them and be much harder to find. Primarily you will want to be moving data files and not application files (unless you uninstall from the internal drive and reinstall to the external drive) You can open my computer and find both drives -- you can drag/drop folders (containing only data, mp3s, videos, etc) between drives. I always like to check these moves by doing a right mouse click selecting properties on each folder separately to assure that an equal number of folders and files were copied before deleting them off of the smaller drive.

I emphasize again moving programs in this fashion will cause them to break. If you have large and seldom used applications you can uninstall them then using the installation process and media provided by the manufacturer then reinstall them choosing the external drive as the destination..

I hope this helps.

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