Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Match Storage to Your Needs

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Match Storage to Your Needs

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Byte Me

Bruce Kerr

LAST week we talked about partitioning a hard drive to make it look like multiple hard drives.

For the vast majority of users this has far more disadvantages than not. This week we look at the option of having multiple physical hard drives in a computer -- which would normally show up as a 'C' drive and 'D' drive and so forth.

For users with very large amounts of data, such as professional photographers, this is a worthwhile feature. Also, if you are going to use a computer to record video from several cameras this feature is worthwhile. Most computer gamers will also have at least two separate internal hard drives. As a side note, all worthwhile business servers have at least two internal hard drives.

Solid State Drives (SSDs) have influenced computer configurations. SSDs are slowly replacing traditional mechanical Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) in both desktop computers and laptops. SSDs have no moving parts, are literally 10 times more reliable and are also five to 10 times faster than HDDs. All of these advantages add up to a better, faster PC.

As always, however, there is a price to be paid for something better. SSDs are on average two to three times dearer than HDDs. This price differential particularly shows up with larger capacity drives and dictates the need for a secondary HDD if you have a lot of data.

So, if you want a really fast PC with lots of storage capacity, you get a 250GB or 500GB SSD primary "C" drive with Windows and programs installed on it and then a 2TB or larger (up to 12TB) HDD to store large data files on as your "D" drive. This data could be movies, music, thousands of photos or simply large computer games.

With the above configuration your computer will boot up and shut down quickly as well as operating at lightning speed and with your user libraries (documents, pictures, etc) pointed to "D" drive you should have plenty of storage space. …

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