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    I meant that to happen silver trophybronze trophy Raffles's Avatar
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    What to do with all this space?

    I bought myself a new laptop. It has two 500GB hard drives in it, which is rather whopping. One is split into two 350/150 GB partitions. The OS runs on the 350GB one, the other is empty. The other drive is unused and not "initialised".

    I have lots of music, photos and videos (totalling about 200GB) and I want to keep them safe. I also have a license for Acronis TrueImage, for backup purposes.

    I have no previous experience with multiple drives. What do you think is the most sensible thing to do to best take advantage of the two drives and their large capacity and make sure my stuff is safe from potential disasters? Any advice is welcomed!

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    Use one as a back-up ?

    My hard-drive is 40 gigs, but I have a 500 gig external which I use for archiving my digital photographs.




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    Your stuff will never be safe as a hard drive can die any time, but you can make it safer by making use of backups...

    I would split the other drive as well, to a 300/200 and use the ~300 as a backup drive and the ~200 as misc storage.

    I would also probably resize the OS partition to 200GB or less (depending on use), as this partition (running the OS) is the most vulnerable and fragile.

    It's a lot of space you've got there Raffles, and it makes me curious of what laptop you have
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    Backups/cloned drive images on the 2nd drive that can be booted. Keep another backup on an external drive. There's never enough space

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    I meant that to happen silver trophybronze trophy Raffles's Avatar
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    Thanks chaps, good advice that I will take.

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    There is advantage in terms of Backup . As it is a single drive, in situation of failure every think will be lost. Just use these drives to store data and keep backup of data at some external place.

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    Use 2nd drive for a manual backup. or you can use mirroring option in disk management. I have two HDDs but both are filled with data

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffles
    it's a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 3650
    aah I see, it's almost $2k for it here in Norway
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    I would agree with the keeping the second as a backup drive.

    If I could I would try maybe partitioning the second drive as well. Keep a clean install of your OS on one partition, and constantly (and automatically) back-up all the folders you use to store files (My Documents/Music/Photos/etc) to the other.

    As everyone says, hdds do fail, and this way you have your data backed up and a fresh copy of Windows to fall back on, if that does happen - you could be back working again within a few minutes.

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    This is a great problem to have and one that many of us envy. I would suggest just holding onto, you never know when some will come up.
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    Your problem is the large disk space?Why don't you try to make the other as a backup for your files. Actually, if I were you, I would use some of my disk space as for backup purposes. Probably,this could help.

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    Other OSs are always fun! Dual boot? Triple boot? Quadruple boot?

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    You should get tivo and just start saving movies off of HBO - then you can watch something good on TV whenever you want!
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    Well, I've decided to partition the other drive and install Ubuntu on one partition, just to play with it. The other partition I'll use for backup, mirroring the OS on the other drive. Thanks for the advice everyone.

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    aah I see, it's almost $2k for it here in Norway
    If you buy it new it is about £1200 in the UK. This one was returned to Fujitsu because of a faulty DVD drive. They replaced it with a new one and sold it again with a large discount - I paid £750 for it.

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    I would run those in raid1 to have redundancy. That would take care of what to do with half of your space
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