"I assumed having 4 hardrives (2 x 2 partitioned hd's) that there would be some sort of handling software written into windows to spread the usage across all the available locations. Obviously this isn't the case yet & I have to manually designate which drive I want files saved to. I think I am getting old, ie expecting too much?"
-> Let's skip to this. I know you expected that in the decades that have passed there would be such but so far, no OS or app does this for us. We get to select where things install and when we save, where it saves to.
I read you see 2 drives, each with 2 partitions. Now that Windows 7 might have 2 other partitions and it's going to get very technical fast as we discussion Windows 7. EXAMPLE -> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/what-are-system-partitions-and-boot-partitions
So right out of the gate with one Drive C you usually see 3 partitions on that drive. The system, boot and C.
If there is another drive why partition that? Partitioning a drive does not increase speed as it did over a decade ago and the work you load onto the owner by making drive D, E and F would have them explode with questions and maybe get upset.
I've been trying to find what I need to know in this forum for several hours but obviously can't think of the right search engine words or tags to use. So starting a new thread is my next move, so sorry if there is already a current or recent thread about this subject.
I have an Asus 64bit quad core etc, etc gaming laptop with separate video card for editing videos & large photo files & have noticed it slowing down already after only 2yrs use, particularly when using Photoshop.
Also there has been this nagging thing in back of my mind that everything is being stored on the one hard drive (C:\) which is not what I wanted when I bought it.
I wanted to put my extensive photo albums, videos & editing software on separate hard drives or partitions to give everything a good bit of room since the photo files are BIG.
Then there is all the other ancillary stuff which I wanted to store on various hard drives too (all within the laptop, not on data discs or that sort of thing). But everything seems to be on C:\. In the 'old days' of DOS I would have designated the drive location either C, D or E etc. Now windows does it for me so I never give it a second thought.
I assumed having 4 hardrives (2 x 2 partitioned hd's) that there would be some sort of handling software written into windows to spread the usage across all the available locations. Obviously this isn't the case yet & I have to manually designate which drive I want files saved to. I think I am getting old, ie expecting too much?
So... do I just change the designated drive letter? Can I put downloaded software on those same drives too or do they have to go into the C drive? Once I designate drive location for that file or software will windows then automatically continue to save to that location or do I have to change things everytime? That will drive me crazy!! And can I now move my albums to another location o9n a different drive?
When I looked at the partitions recently on the hard drives I saw everything jammed up in the one little corner of C drive & it is quite full. No wonder the machine is slowing down.
Also would those extra hard drives already have designated names? I ask this because when I see the various data discs, mobile sticks, etc they all get automatically named & already we are down to G:\ or maybe even H:\ now I think.
I hope I have made sense!