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Combining a Full Hard Drive With Another Drive

Andrew writes in with a Windows question

Question:Gday man dunno if you can help but have a problem with computer. In my computer I have 2 like home drives, 50 GB in one and 50 GB in the other and it never worried me but now I have almost filled one. Is there any way I can merge them or delete the one I don't use so the one I use is 100GB?

Answer: There is no way to combine the 2 drives into one unless they are 2 drives in addition to your system (C:) drive. The process to do this is called striping and it lets you combine the 2 drives into one "virtual" drive or volume. Having a striped volume speeds up your computer's hard drive throughput because it reads and writes to both hard drives at the same time. This can be setup with hardware or software but can't be done in Vista unless you have 2 or more drives besides your system drive installed.

If your system drive is getting full you should move or delete files off of it otherwise your computer's performance will start to suffer.

 

 



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