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05-19-2009 03:32 PM - edited 05-19-2009 03:36 PM
I have a new DV7 series entertainment notebook that came with a 500GB hard drive. It is partitioned into three segments, one about 40GB and the other two, equally divided about 230GB each. The larger ones are labeled drive C (OS), drive D (DATA) and drive E (RECOVERY). I understand partitioning but have never worked with a drive with more than two partitions. I have been reading about how to move some Vista user files over to the DATA drive, such as contacts and documents. My question concerns data files used by applications. Pardon me if this sounds stupid, but if I am using an application, such as Photoshop for instance which contains a lot of date files, and I want to move those to the DATA drive, what is the best way to do that? For instance, I have a program that contains a subfolder with a lot of data files. If I just move the subfolder, how do I tell the application where the folder is so it can locate it when I want to use it? As it works now, there are various templates displayed and clicking on one will open it. If I move the folder, I assume these wil no longer be displayed since the folder will not be where the application expects it to be. Even if they are still displayed how would the application know the new location of the file? Where could I find this setting to change the files address? Should I consider moving the entire application to the DATA drive? If I do will that hurt the operability of it by messing up any of the Windows registry keys?
As a side note, I assume if I should fill up the C drive, I would have to start directing things to the D drive or move the partition to create more room, correct? Right now I have about 120GB on the C drive but nothing on the D drive. Everything from the factory was on the C drive and the few programs I installed defaulted to the C drive as is normal.
05-20-2009 05:15 AM
I would move the data folders to the D:/ drive. To open that data, open PhotoShop (???) and click File/Open to direct PhotoShop to the new location of the data folder on the D:/ drive.
Also, just by double-clicking the data on the D:/ drive, PhotoShop will open the data, since PhotoShop is associated with that file type.
I also use several 200GB external 2.5" laptop hard drives installed in USB/eSATA enclosures to store data. You can use them on any PC, and it's quite versitle.