How to use new SSD and HDD drives most effectively

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Re: How to use new SSD and HDD drives most effectively

skyglider wrote:

21tones wrote:

Having read a few threads on this forum the general advice seems to be to put the OS and all programs on C and all data on D.


When you first start doing this (after years of putting everything in your documents folder on the C drive), it can seem to be a hassle. Software will want to store data in your documents folder on the C drive. But you can go into the options/preferences of the software and designate which drive and folder to store the data. You only need to do this one time and the software will remember.

Windows' File Explorer has "Quick Access" navigation in the left window pane. Learn how to use it and it will make accessing data on your D drive a ton easier. Here's one link on how to use Quick Access. Google Windows quick access to see a lot of other tutorials on using it. .....

In using Quick Access, suggest not pinning a lot of "specific" folders, otherwise it will become too cluttered. For example, say you use MS Office. On your D drive create a folder path to hold your data files as:

....Microsoft Office
........ Excel
........ Winword

And say in the Winword folder you have 20 different folders for various documents. Now do not pin the individual folders in the Winword folder in Quick Access. Instead just pin the Winword folder. Then when you click it, you will instantly see the 20 different folders.

However, when you are working on a project, (say you are writing a long letter in MS word), then you can pin the specific folder that holds that specific Word document in Quick Access. This is a temporary pin that will give you quick access to that Word file. Delete that pin when your letter is complete.

In addition I would be using the computer for web browsing and e-mail.

I don't want to clutter up the C drive with the inevitable junk that results from this.

Is there any way to have e-mail and internet data go on to the D drive?

There are two types of email. IMAP and POP3.

POP3 stores all of your email on your PC's hard drive when you open the email. This does two things: 1) It clutters up your hard drive since it stores all of your email on the hard drive. 2) You cannot see the email on any other computer once it's downloaded to your PC.

I use MS Outlook for email on PCs and prefer POP3. This setting consolidates several accounts into a single Outlook.pst file, preferable for me when using multiple email accounts. Outlook has a setting for how long the original emails remain on the email servers before automatic deletion. I can access the email when traveling and still have the originals on the server when I connect with my desktop PC later at home.

MS Outlook POP3 configuration

IMAP stores all of your email on the server regardless whether you open the email or not. Therefore 1) it does not clutter your hard drive. 2) You can continue to see the email on any computer you use like your desktop and your laptop.

If you're already using IMAP, don't worry about email cluttering your hard drive. If you're using POP3, strongly suggest switching to IMAP.



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