Each Wednesday I tell you about a piece of computer hardware. Occasionally I talk about something fun that isn’t computer related just to mix it up a bit. Today I’m not going to talk about a hardware product as much as the way I setup my computer and the reason I do it this way.
In each of my computers, I set things up to have three drives. The C drive is reserved for Windows and only Windows. On the D drive I install all of my software and any permanent data. By permanent data, I’m talking about things like clip art and font collections that never change. Lastly is the E drive and that is where all of my data is stored. With all my data on this one drive, it is the only drive I need to backup. Most of my software comes on a disc but the downloadable software installers are all stored on the data drive so they are backed up.
On my desktop system, I have two physical drives. Windows is on a dedicated drive and the programs and data are stored on the second drive. In the last few days, the Windows drive has started to fail. This certainly slows down my workflow, but I know my data is completely safe. A new drive has already been ordered and it is the Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive I told you about a couple of weeks ago.
I’ll have to reinstall Windows and all my software once the new drive is installed. Because it is much larger than the drive it is replacing, I’ll partition it into two drives for Windows and my software and then I’ll make the remaining drive my data drive. Because of the way I’ve set things up, I feel comfortable knowing my data is very safe and the worst case scenario is the couple of days it will take to set up everything as I had it before.
When it comes time for you to get a new computer, give some thought to coming up with a system that will work for you. Should something go wrong, it will definitely give you a lot more peace of mind.