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Old 11-14-2001, 04:16 PM
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Two hard drives

Anyone else out there running two hard drives? I have been running this config. since a nasty incident a couple of years ago left me without operating system,software or data. I now use one drive dedicated only to programs and operating system, the other data storage. Just this week this set up saved me from loosing quite a bit of data when the operating system was mangled by some really nasty software. It might be worth while to look into doing this if you dont already. (Getting a second hard drive--not brutalizing your O/S) Tom
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Old 11-14-2001, 04:53 PM
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I have a 5 meg hard drive that came with the system 2 years ago. I have since added a 20 meg hard drive where I keep *almost* all my images. I back both of these up through CD's.

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Old 11-14-2001, 04:55 PM
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I hope to be doing exactly what you've described in another week or so. Just waiting for my new BIOS chip to arrive. Actually, it's not supposed to arrive until Tuesday, and I leave Wed for Thanksgiving on the East Coast, so I think I might wait until I get back to figure it all out. -Jeanie
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Old 11-14-2001, 04:58 PM
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I run two hds on one of my machines. That's a great way to handle things.

Plus you can run benchmark tests on them and put your scratch files and virtual memory on the fastest one. That speeds things up enormously.
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Old 11-14-2001, 05:56 PM
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We started out with about 14 Gigs on one hard drive and soon realized we needed more, lots more. So we added a hundred Gig. I reasigned my Photoshop cashe disk to the big drive. Don't know how much will be coming with the new machine but we intend to transfer these drives to the new machine. Alot easier than copying and reinstalling I gather.
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Old 11-14-2001, 05:58 PM
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I am running one 40Gig Harddrive internal to the computer and another 20Gig Harddrive via USB. I use the 20Gig to store my work on. I have been using it for about six months and have never experienced any slow uploads or downloads from it.

I also run GoBack 3.1 on the internal harddrive so that I can restore to a working configuration in case something I load goes bad or something happens to the files on that harddrive. I also use it to either revert back to a previous version of a file or to reclaim a file that got deleted by mistake.

If I was going to add another External Harddrive, I would look at the new 80 Gig that connects via firewire.

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Old 11-15-2001, 07:04 AM
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I’d certainly recommend as many ‘hardware’ drives as you can fit in the box and the bigger the box lesser the acrobatics to put them there. When I recently upgraded a 60ghz IBM drive was thrown in as part of the CPU package. I’ve now got about a 100ghz which is partitioned off with a big chunk (which used to be 2K) used for Photoshop’s antics.

As said before when you upgrade your operating system keep the old one going in the form of a dual boot system it’ll save your bacon sooner or later. If your computer is generating income you can’t have too many safety nets.
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Old 11-15-2001, 11:50 AM
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I'd suggest you keep your OS/photoshop and whatnot on a "C" drive and have two other drives in a RAID configuration 1 (?) So that your "D" drive will have a continuous backup.

This configuration comes in handy for the following reasons:

You should have copies of your OS/photoshop and important programs handy and/or a safe place and burned onto a backup CD.

The raid configuration I mentioned is two Hard drives in which they're an exact mirror of the other. If one HD crashes, the other is there to still be in use. (again, backups are also necessary for this)

Can you tell I'm paranoid about my data?

My current system is as follows:

a Cel 866 w/ 512 RAM 1 5 gig HD, and 2 20 gig hard drives in a raid configuration.

I have a "prestine" system backup using norton's ghost from when I trashed the system (on purpose) and I burn a backup of the other Drive about once a month, or if I have an important project going on.

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Old 11-17-2001, 01:53 PM
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Hard drives...let me count

Since I built my own system, I designed it to provide storage space, backup capacity, AND swap file efficiency. Since money is almost not an issue (cause I have children, NOT money) the availability of cheap space is very important.
Presently I'm running four IDE drives:
C: primary-20 GB: the work-horse. this drive has the actual applications and the swap file.
D: 20 GB-storage for most recent work, most frequently accessed files, and for "works-in-progress.
E: 16 GB- genealogy dedicated
S: 40 GB-back-up and miscellaneous storage
Eb: 30 GB- graphics dedicated storage. this drive resides in the tower but is not always connected.
Then there's:
F: 16 GB USB>IDE hard drive-nifty to transport between pc's
L: USB L-S SuperDrive-120MB disks, again good for moving between pcs
and Q-the CD-R/RW drive.
Too much? Well, by using the 20 GB for my primary and secondary drives, I keep defrag time down--and I defrag weekly! I don't like to compress images and boy do I use layers!
I'm ok with the Athlon 800 and 786 MB RAM, and the multiple HD just make life a whole lot simpler---especially when the inevitable disaster inherent in Windows strikes.
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Old 11-17-2001, 07:30 PM
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I still keep a USB Zip drive on the go, its useful for pulling favourites for IE6 and Outlook address files off the computer as these are expanding on a daily basis here. Its not cheap storage as a 250Mb cartridge costs about £9 ($14) here but I can suffer that and its saved me from jumping from the battlements a few times !
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