How do you configure your drive(s)?

This is how I configure my drive(s)

  • C:\ has it all

    Votes: 7 14.6%
  • C:\ has OS, and D:\ has the rest

    Votes: 4 8.3%
  • C:\ has OS and apps, and D:\ has the rest

    Votes: 23 47.9%
  • C:\ has OS, and D:\ has the apps, and E:\ has the rest

    Votes: 2 4.2%
  • Other

    Votes: 12 25.0%

  • Total voters
    48

Haydon

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I (and presumably most others) use the default (C:\ has it all) but alternative configurations are recommended so frequently, making me wonder whether they are implemented as frequently as they are recommended.
 

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    Windows 10 Pro

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I voted for the third one as closest to mine. Don't use d: drive letter though.

C: Has OS and apps - 512 MB 960 Pro nvme 104MB partition
E: Has user data (docs, music, etc) and the destination for junctions for browser profiles, and other data like photoshop caches. 960 Pro 365MB partition
H: has the junction destination for browser caches. 960 Pro 10GB partition.
N: Has games. 1TB 980 nvme.
G: Has backups and some other data and apps (benchmarks, some games) - 2 1TB Samsung SSD in RAID0

I do this for twofold: backup and RAM Cache
I use primocache for disk block level caching with a separate cache for each of the above (they have different requirements). Cache are save acrross boots except for G:

I backup up C: with Macrium reflect. It takes less than 5 minutes for a full backup.
I backup the user data on E: with robocopy to external drives with powershell scripts. I have two 6TB drives permanent and several 2TB and several 1TB drives I can hot swap into a 5 bay external USB-C docking enclosure.

Gives me optimized memory speed response to apps (loads).
Fast system and data backups that are independent of each other (as they should be IMO).
Gives me fast near memory speed web cache, game cache and photoshop caches
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY
    CPU
    10900KF, 5.1 GHz delid
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus Hero XII Wifi
    Memory
    64GB G.skill TridentZ RGB 3200CL14 B-die @ 3600 CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus ROG Strix 2070 Super A8G
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio, Vanatoo Transparent One; Klipsch R-12SWi Sub
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eizo CG2730, ViewSonic VP2768
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p x 2
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB (OS), Samsung 980 1TB, Raid 0: 1TB 850 EVO + 1TB 860 EVO. Sabrent USB-C DS-SC5B docking station: 6TB WDC Black, 6TB Ironwolf Pro; 2TB WDC Black
    PSU
    750W Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium
    Case
    Fractal Design Meshify 2
    Cooling
    EK-AIO 360 D-RGB w/Phanteks 120 T30 fans, 2x Noctua NF-A14 Chromax case
    Keyboard
    Glorious GMMK TKL - Brown mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G305 wireless gaming
    Internet Speed
    120 Mb/s down, 12 Mb/s up
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender, Macrium Reflect 8 ;-)
    Other Info
    Logitech C920e Webcam
  • Operating System
    Mac OS Big Sur
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple 13" Macbook Pro 2020 (m1)
    CPU
    M1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2560x1600

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C: 500GB SSD has Windows and these programs... (total: 37.5 GB)

utorrent
7-zip
AIDA64 Extreme
AnyBurn
Audacity
Autoruns
Bitdefender Internet Security
CCleaner
CPU-Z
EaseUS Partition Master
EMCO UnLockit
EVGA Precision X1
GPU-Z
Karen's Replicator and Karen's Directory Printer
Macrium Reflect
Microsoft Links 2003 (golf)
Minitool Partition Wizard
Mozilla Firefox
Paint Shop Pro 7.04
Revo Uninstaller
Sumatra PDF
VLC Media Player
Winaero Tweaker
XnView
Zelda Classic (the original Zelda)(actually on the F: drive)


Then I have a 4TB and an 8TB drive that are identical.
Copies of installed programs, Backups, Media (movies, songs, pics), and Series (TV series)
I don't use any MS folders like Music, video, pictures, documents.
That's about it.


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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Win 10 Home 10.0.22000.258 (x64)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security 2020
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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Voted for option 3 as a long time habit in configuring drives
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Splitted an SSD to C:\ for system and essential apps, and D:\Other Apps
E:\ HDD 2 TB for Masters & drivers and some multimedia files and libraries.
F:\ HDD 3 TB for Multimedia.
But still need bigger drives as both spinners are nearly full.

Kevin
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI
    CPU
    Core i5 10400
    Motherboard
    MSI H510M Pro
    Memory
    16 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Digital Alliance GTX 750 Ti
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24 Curved
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Vi-Gen SSD NVMe 256 GB
    Seagate 2 TB
    WD 3 TB
    Seagate 4 TB
    PSU
    Infinity Striker Power
    Case
    VBR Panther
    Cooling
    Natuve
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless MK270
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless MK270
    Internet Speed
    2mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Mac OS Big Sur
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Macbook
    CPU
    Intel Core i5
    Motherboard
    Apple
    Memory
    8mb
    Hard Drives
    SSD 240gb
    Browser
    Safari

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C: Samsung 980 Pro 1 Tb (OS), F: Samsung 970 Pro 1 Tb (games), D: Samsung 860 Evo 1Tb (data), E: Samsung 860 Evo 4 Tb (games), G: Crucial MX500 1Tb (photos)
 

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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 3900x
    Motherboard
    Asus Strix x570-E
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32Gb@3600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Strix 3080 Ti OC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Odyssey G7 32" Curved Gaming Monitor, IIYAMA XUB2792QSU-W1 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440@240Hz, 2560x1440@70Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 1 Tb (OS), Samsung 970 Pro 1 Tb (games), Samsung 860 Evo 1Tb (data), Samsung 860 Evo 4 Tb (games), Crucial MX500 1Tb (photos), WD MyCloud Mirror 6Tb NAS.
    PSU
    Corsair RM850x
    Case
    Corsair Crystal 680x
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i Se Platinum, 8 Corsair QL120/140 fans
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB Mk 2 SE Rapid Fire
    Mouse
    Corsair M65 Elite
    Internet Speed
    58/12 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    Astro a50 Headset, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet.
    Creative T6300 5.1 Speakers. TPM 2.0 Module.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro Insider 64-bit/Manjaro KDE
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5600x
    Motherboard
    Asus Strix B550-E
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 32Gb@3200MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX2070 Super Gaming OC
    Sound Card
    Creative Soundblaster AE-5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus Strix XG43VQ 43" Ultrawide
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1200 @ 120Mhz
    Hard Drives
    Aorus Gen 4 NVMe 1 Tb (Windows Insider), Samsung 850 Pro 512Gb (data), Samsung 850 Evo 1Tb (files), Samsung 860 Evo 2Tb (Manjaro), Blu-ray player
    PSU
    Corsair RM750i
    Case
    Fractal Define R6
    Cooling
    Scythe Mugen 5 rev B and Corsair QL fans
    Mouse
    Glorious Model D
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire
    Internet Speed
    58/12 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    Corsair Virtuoso Headset

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My PC has two SSDs 500 Gb each, one with M.2 interface and another one SATA. The first SSD is for my main Windows 8.1; the second, a bit more slower, is used for Windows 11 (I think to install Windows 11 on M.2 after release, if I will find a way to avoid detection of "incompatible" hardware). For any system, the system drive is non-partitioned C:\ while another drive is set offline in Disk Management to prevent any possible conflict (mostly the problem with System Restore). So, both systems work completely independently.

As a result, instead of "classic" boot manager, I use the boot selection provided by BIOS: by default, Windows 8.1 is started, otherwise I need to press F8 after initial BIOS screen and select another SSD to start Windows 11. Almost all additional apps/programs are installed on the system drives, quite a few yet on the drive with Windows 11 because it's a test environment.

Some large games are installed on external SSD which is configured as D:\ in both systems, so they can be run using the same shortcuts. Currently it's Samsung T5 SSD 500 Gb.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro; Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-6700 (Skylake)
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus VIII Gene (no TPM)
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GeForce 1050 Ti, 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 235PQ
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 (FHD)
    Hard Drives
    Windows 11: Samsung SSD 870 EVO, 500 GB (SATA), MBR
    Windows 8.1: Samsung SSD 950 PRO, 512 GB (M.2), MBR
    PSU
    Platimax D.F. 1050 W (80 Plus Platinum)
    Browser
    Google Chrome

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This is my setup on my latest Desktop

Screenshot 2021-08-20 113003.png

The C: System drive is currently a lot less populated that I would normally run with but as I only install some programs as I need them is to be expected.

The case currently holds an M2 1TB drive for System, A 500GB SSD for Fast access and the rest are partitions spread across two 8TB spinners, ( the z: Backups Drive just happened to be attached at the Time of the screen shot and the case hot Swap Caddy was not in use )

All my user folders are on the D: data drive using the built in methods, except the Media which are relocated to their own Partitions this partition also contains several folder trees containing resources, Fonts, Adobe Add-ons Etc, and system utilities ) the cloud store is just a location for Amazon Drive - Google Drive - Onedrive local storage
The other partitions are just for future use on projects, including one for a VHD of Win 11 when I have time to spend on it - there is also unallocated space available for expansion

The scratch partition is used for temporary files during projects and the Fast Storage is the SSD and contains the databases for my photo editing programs to speed up processing
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest Release Preview]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Chillblast to my design
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X, 4.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime X570-Pro Motherboard
    Memory
    64GB DDR4 3200MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1650 Ti - HDMI, DP
    Sound Card
    On motherboard Feeding SPDiF 5.1 system
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD 32 Bit HDR Monitor + 43" UHD 4K 32Bit HDR TV
    Screen Resolution
    2 x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    1TB M2 SSD OS, 500GB Fast Access SSD, 2 x 8TB Data + Various Externals from 1TB to 4TB, 10TB NAS
    PSU
    NZXT C750 80 PLUS Gold 750W Modular PSU
    Case
    Chillblast Silent Workstation PC Case - Black
    Cooling
    NZXT Kraken X63 280mm CPU Cooler, Quiet Case fans Fan
    Keyboard
    Wireless Logitec MX Keys + K830 [Depending on where I'm Sat]
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitec - MX Master 3 + M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021
    Other Info
    Also run...
    Laptop - Quad 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64 HP 15.2"
    Nexus 7 Android tablet
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    Samsung S9 Plus Smartphone
    Samsung Note S20
    Wacom Pro Medium Pen Pad
    Wacom Pro Small Pen Pad
    Wacom ExpressKey Remote
    Loopdeck+ Graphics Controller
    Shuttle Pro v2 Control Pad
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest release]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 17 9700
    CPU
    i7 10750H
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Stock Intel + GTX 1650 Ti
    Sound Card
    Stock 4 speaker
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock 17"
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 HDR touchscreen
    Hard Drives
    2TB M2
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock Aluminium / Carbon Fibre
    Cooling
    Stock + 2 fan cooling pad
    Mouse
    Stock Trackpad
    Keyboard
    Stock Illuminated
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021

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The default (C:\ has it all) is closest to my set up. I do however like to have a D: Data partition where space permits, not for moving user folders to or installing on, rather to hold Macrium system image(s) of the otherwise completely standard Windows install. And yes, I do also keep images on an external drive, but having one on a local drive can be more convenient at times.
 

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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. Now 11 has been released it has been re-imaged back to 10 and awaits the upgrade to be offered in Windows Update.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Has it all - I'm a firm believer in installing the complete OS on a single drive and managing the data itself as I see fit.

I have 5 SSD's in my system dedicated to managing and organizing my data - OS drive, Game drive, Music drive, Photo drive, and Backup drive for small backups. For overflow data I use a NAS and external drives as a repository for backups and archives.

I also tend keep my drives below 70 percent full for maximum performance - a practice I've been using for over 20 years.

That's me.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro (x64) 21H1 (19043.1055)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Internet Speed
    100mb
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming and photography.
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro Dev build 22454.1000
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga X1
    CPU
    Intel i7-7600U
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16igg
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 620
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14.0 WQHD OLED Touch
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB NVMe Drive (OEM)
    PSU
    laptop
    Case
    laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop cooling
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
    Keyboard
    Laptop
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security

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I keep the OS/Apps on the C: and the rest is spread out on 3 drives
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home 22000.258
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Banna Junior 6K - E Series
    CPU
    AMD Ryze 3 3200G
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime B350M-E
    Memory
    Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2666 MHz DDR4 - 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB
    Sound Card
    On motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viotek 32" Curved, ViewSonic 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1080P
    Hard Drives
    Primary Samsung 256 SSD
    PSU
    EVGA BQ 700w 80+ Bronze
    Case
    NZXT 510
    Cooling
    Stock AMD cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair
    Mouse
    Amazon Generic with Cord
    Internet Speed
    Download: 240.78 mbps Upload: 12.02 mbps Ping: 15ms
    Browser
    Firefox and Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender

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On my desktop, I have a 2TB Western Digital SN850 NVMe drive.

C:\ is 500GB
D:\1.5TB (Games, Virtual Machines, OneDrive)

I separate my system like this as I use Macrium to take images of my C drive, but I don't really care for my images to also contain hundreds of GB's of Games and VM's. Those things can easily be recreated or downloaded again in the case of an emergency. And with my OneDrive being on my hard drive as well as in the cloud, I don't worry much about having backups of this data either as it's stored in 2 places.
 

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Think I fit under other?

C: 240GB - OS and essential stuff that doesn't fill up the drive with Data
D: 2TB 7200 RPM - Documents, Downloads, Trainz Simulator content creating stuff such as Blender and a lot of Graphics related stuff, additional Windows apps any programs that take up a lot of space.
E: 2TB 7200 RPM - More Content creating stuff.
F: 4TB 7200 RPM - Video, Music, copies of all software installers going back a few years, MS Dos stuff, Old games, PC Manuals, E books - drive backed up to externals.
G: 500GB SSD Beta testing Simulator.
H: 1TB SSD Simulator.
I: DVD Writer could loose that and add another drive I guess as it's never very rarely used and it's on a add-on sata card.
J: 4TB USB3 with PSU backup drive, switched off when not in use shared on network for backing up the other 3 PCs
K: 4TB USB3 with PSU backup drive, switched off when not in use shared on Network for backing up the other 3 PCs

Note: My NAS died, so I took the cheapest way out by sharing the externals from this PC via my Lan. Works very well actually, use Macrium and FreeFileSync. NAS drives are in now in another PC.

Games other than the Trainz Simulator are on another PC which has another 6 Drives and have a Spare Backup USB3 SDD plus a spare 2TB USB3 3.5 in an external enclosure.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 21H2 OS Build 22000.282
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
    Motherboard
    Asus PRIME B350-PLUS
    Memory
    16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 @3000Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Aorus GTX1080TI
    Sound Card
    On Board Realtec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer KA241
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    240GB PNY CS900 SSD - OS
    1 TB Crucial MX500 SSD
    500GB Crucial MX300 SSD
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001-1ER164
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM008-2FR102
    4TB Seagate ST4000DM000-1F2168
    PSU
    EVGA 750GQ Gold Certified
    Case
    Cooler Master 690 III
    Cooling
    Akasa AK98 5 Case Fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech - wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech - wireless
    Internet Speed
    BT Fibre 75 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Use hardware KVM to switch monitors on three PCs and software (input director) to use mouse and keyboard on all 4 PCs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 build 22000.282
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3881 - modified with SFX PSU fitted internally
    CPU
    Intel i5 - 10400
    Motherboard
    Dell 032w55 version A00
    Memory
    16GB of HyperX Fury @ 2133 Mhz
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 6GB GTX 1060.
    Sound Card
    Builtin
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ACER KA241
    Screen Resolution
    1920x 1080 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
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Any one can elaborate the pros and cons of
leaving the music folder (for example) on the C:\ drive​
vs putting it on its own partition​
vs putting it on its own physical drive (obviously for Mozart afficionados)​
 

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Any one can elaborate the pros and cons of
leaving the music folder (for example) on the C:\ drive​
vs putting it on its own partition​
vs putting it on its own physical drive (obviously for Mozart afficionados)​
Leaving anything on the C drive is at risk of being lost if you need to reinstall windows. Yes.. poop happens and you might need to do it. Best bet is to at least partition the drive into two sections and put the music on the new one, the non C drive or have a separate drive,. that would be the best option. That way you will not lose anything if you have to reinstall Windows.
 

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There is an advantage of a sort in using Windows' built-in user folders - applications written for windows, and following microsoft's guidelines will default to saving in the relevant part of the folder tree.

That does not mean you have to risk the loss of the folder contents if you need to reinstall the OS - simply use the built in Location tab on these special folders to relocate them to the data drive
 

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Any one can elaborate the pros and cons of
leaving the music folder (for example) on the C:\ drive​
vs putting it on its own partition​
vs putting it on its own physical drive (obviously for Mozart afficionados)​
Well, if your C drive is relatively small, since music itself can get pretty large...a con would be that a large amount of music could fill a C drive partition and cause your operating systems problems when you run out of space.

Putting music onto it's own partition (say D:) has a benefit that if you take regular images of your C drive you wouldn't necessarily have to backup a large amount of music over and over again. An example, lets say that you are getting ready to install a new piece of software or some windows updates. You can take something like Macrium and image your C drive first. If you install that software or update and start having a problem with your OS acting normal, you can just restore your C drive. Your music in this case is NOT impacted by the software or the patch...just the OS itself. So, having the music backed up here, wouldn't have provided you with any beneift...you just would have larger backup files that take longer.

The downside to breaking music into it's own partition is that you are now reducing the space available to the C drive. Since you have intentionally reduced the size of C, you are limiting your space for future updates, software, etc on the C drive.

A benefit to another physical drive is that you aren't reducing the size of your OS drive at all. It's still 100% of it's max size. You still have the above mentioned benefit of not having to backup your music if you want to image C and restore it.

The downside to another physical drive is cost of the drives, space in your case, heat generated, and power/port availability of the system.
 

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C:\ has OS and apps, and D:\ has the rest
Whatever happens, I can simply nuke C or restore a system image.
All shortcuts and links point to D (documents, images), so no harm done.
I like to keep C as small as possible, to keep backups small, 15GB per image.
 

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One drive for Win 10 OS, another for Win 11 OS, another drive for data and games separated by partitions.
This way, it is faster to re-image the drive OS without having to worry about personal files and games.

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There is an advantage of a sort in using Windows' built-in user folders - applications written for windows, and following microsoft's guidelines will default to saving in the relevant part of the folder tree.

Yeah, some programs default files to those folders which is why I leave them in place. That even though for example the "Pictures" folder is kept with the OS, I place my photos on a dedicated drive. And since I run Adobe Lightroom, it's default catalog location is the Pictures folder so that's where it gets placed.

Instead of moving the default folders, I move the data itself to another drive - example my photography shots, but for programs that look for those folders during install they're still there. Games get their own drive since they take up ridiculous amounts of space.

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