Saturday, December 30th, 2006
11:39 am - Drive Allocation  
Have slowly been reloading apps onto Swifty. Reloaded Office 97 and assorted Adobe apps yesterday. Today, I think, I will start in on the games. By which I mean Flight Simulator 2004.

I ran into a bit of a problem with that on Suzily. For almost as long as I've had PCs, I've generally split the primary hard drive in half, with C:\ getting the OS, apps, and data, and D:\ getting games and their auxilliary files. On Suzily (and Swifty) that means the 120 GB ATA drive 0 was split into two 60 GB partitions. The problem with that was that my FS 2004 install plus its source files is about 45 GB. That didn't leave much room for much else. Now most of the other games are fairly small DOS era games, but the few more modern (and largish) games I have, like Civ IV and Sims 2, were in need of some elbow room. Add to that a music collection stored on the C:\ partition that is now at about 30 GB, and some rearrangement was necessary.

Suzily had two internal 120 GB drives, both split into two partitions, with the second drive storing video and comic book files and such like, and I also have two external 120 GB USB drives with similar stuff on them. There is also a lot of duplication. Swifty now has an internal 500 GB SATA drive in addition to all the other drives. (I need only to add another 20 GB of storage to hit 1 terabyte of storage total, whoot!)

So, all the music and media files were moved over to the SATA drive, where there is scads of space. This leaves plenty of room for apps and documents on C:\. I moved everything off the second internal drive over to the SATA, and converted it to a single partition (E:\) that will be FS 2004's (and eventually FSX's) new home. That should leave more than enough room on D:\ for any other games I may want to install for the foreseeable future. Elbow room!
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fatoudust: geek hopefatoudust on December 30th, 2006 - 08:48 pm
That sounds great! You totally have to get the extra gigs. How cool is it to have a terabyte! Numbers we only dreamed of.

I'm in the midst of reallocating my junk, too. There is a ton ton ton of duplication though, mostly when I got lazy for work. But my new laptop has a reasonable amount of space, so I'm hoping to move most of the data and work photos over there, plus a lot of heavy duty apps. And, you know, Sims2. Then the desktop can be mostly file storage, since it's slowly becoming less reliable. And the SO can have his laptop space back since he's been grumbling at me for eons.
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DXMachinadxmachina on December 30th, 2006 - 10:01 pm
I have a couple of gadgets that'll let me break the TB barrier. The first is one I just got that can connect a loose hard drive to a USB port, essentially an external HD enclosure without the enclosing part. I also have a couple of adapters that came with the motherboard that'll let me attach a spare ATA HD to a SATA port internally. And I've got at least one spare 40 GB drive just lying around doing nothing...
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fatoudust: geek lovefatoudust on December 31st, 2006 - 01:04 am
Do it! Who better than you?
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Drew: Amps Backnoisedesign on December 30th, 2006 - 09:18 pm
I've got three computers at my desk here and I think I'm closing in on 2 terabytes of storage among them. It just makes my head spin to think about that.
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DXMachinadxmachina on December 30th, 2006 - 10:06 pm
If I count Flash, I'm just past the TB barrier, since it's got 30GB in it (which seeing as it's a Win95 machine, pretty much maxes it out), but see my comment to Liese about adapters. I can do this!
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DXMachinadxmachina on December 30th, 2006 - 10:08 pm
BTW, I stopped by Kristin's favorite used book store when I was in Niantic this week. Very cool place.
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