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External hard drive

I purchased an external 232gb hard drive some back. It runs fine. I don't understand the interaction between the external (e) drive and my internal (c) drive. My (c) drive has 15.7gb used and 2.8gb available. My purchase of the external drive was to have abundant hard drive capacity. I've already received a message that I didn't have enough room on my (c) drive. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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What's Broken?

In reply to: External hard drive

I can't see any problem listed in your post. Do you simply want to turn off the low disk space message? Or did you try to install a large program and received this message?

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Nothing is broken

In reply to: What's Broken?

Thanks for repling so quickly. I need to know how the c-e drives interact. If my (c) drive is low on space, how does the system use the (e) drive space? Sorry. I'm not as learned as you youngin's out there.

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External Drive

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The external drive will not be used automatically because your C: drive is full. You have to manually place files there or you can choose to move the location of your My Documents folder to the external drive. Then anything you save will go to the external drive.
This is done by right-clicking the My Documents folder on your start menu, selecting Properties and clicking the Move button and choosing the new location. You can name the new folder anything you like.

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Thanks, Darton!

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Your piece of advice to Curiela is truly priceless. I have been looking for a way to automatically save files, not just backup, to my external hard drive because of a recent hard drive crash when I came across this forum. If everyone knew how simple it is to move the location of My Documents, it would save countless hours of reconstruction and spare many people a lot of heartache due to computer corruption and crashes. Thanks again!

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External drive

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Your external drive will not be listed under DRIVE C, it will be a separate entity. If you open MY COMPUTER, you will see it listed there under another designation, usually a letter, depending on system. You must send data to that drive specifically for it to be there, from MY DOCUMENTS for example. An easy test of that would be to go to MY DOCUMENTS, right click on an item, scroll down to SEND TO, click on the specific drive location and it should go there.

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external drive

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Thank you very much for your response. You really answered my question. I really appreciate it.

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