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A merging question...

Started by GT40, May 26, 2014, 13:13:18 PM

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GT40

Hi everyone! I have a small Asus Transformer Book T100 (Windows 8.1). With a 32 GB SSD inside the screen (C: the OS drive). And  a 500 GB HDD in the keyboard (D: that I use for storing films, photos, music and future programs to install on C:). I also have a 32 GB micro SD card (E:).

My question: is it possible to add the SSD C: and the card E:, to obtain a 64 GB SSD? And oops sorry, of course without changing or formating anything! ;D  I guess the rules aren't different for a micromachine like mine. I read lots of articles on Google. I don't think it's a good idea (I guess I must format C: and reinstall everything).

No problem if impossible, I usually use this laptop in my bed, with the touchscreen. For me, more a toy than a computer. I know that nearly everyone here hates Windows 8 (but this isn't a question of OS). If anyone has an idea (you may tell me it's a silly project)... Thanks in advance. ;)



Data

Are you running out of space GT ?

Sorry to say it isn't possible with C: drive  :(

Windows will allow you to RAID together 2 drives but they must not be C: drive.

There are things you can do to shrink the size of Windows 8 and get some space back but you would have to Google that because I haven't done it on Win 8 before.

GT40


Many thanks Data. Sure that 32 GB for C: is a very short value. This netbook with a 64 GB SSD exists but without the 500 GB HDD in the keyboard (more a tablet than a laptop). Maybe in a future version?

No problem, that was my first experience with Windows 8. I love it but I don't need another computer for now. Thanks again. 8)


GT40


As always I spend a lot of time on Google, where I found a way to save some kilo/mega/gigagytes on my small SSD (32 GB). A guy explaining I can install the Windows applications on my micro SD card (32 GB too).

So I will be able to load tons of apps on the computer. No limit, even Asphalt 8. Yes!

http://www.howtogeek.com/136404/how-to-install-windows-store-apps-to-an-sd-card-or-another-drive/

PROBLEM: I guess I did a mistake, because my PC was very sick after the operation. Fortunately I could restore an old configuration, but then a lot of work to have my favorite applicatiohs back.

Conclusion: if you want to try that, please create a restore point before. I'm not responsible... ;D


GT40


Because merging my small SSD C: (32 GB) with the micro card E: (32 GB too) is a risky idea, I tried something else:

I installed the "normal" programs on the card. Except CCleaner, automatically installed on C: (I understand why). Surprise: QuickTime (a software from Apple!) was installed where I wanted. I love the idea. :D

I hope I will avoid any problem (if a program needs a special DLL or other thing). For now, all is working fine. I use the SSD for the Windows Apps. Exciting experience with a micromachine (most of you has a top computer).


Snowcrash

2.5" SSD's are far bigger now. Even microSD cards go up to 64GB now. I think 128GB for full size SD. Always check your device is compatible before buying.

Kingston do a good compatibility site too.
"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

GT40

Hello Snowcrash, sorry, I'm a little late, but I have had a "small" problem at home: no electricity!!! Yes, no light, no internet, no TV, and more important, no refrigerator... Not a drama, but a very very annoying experience. Something like prehistory.

Now the failure is fixed and I can go back to the superficial things of our real life. Thank you for your link. I think that 32 GB are enough for the use I have of a computer now (I have also a 500 GB HDD in the keyboard) but thanks again. My true question was: how can we be sure that a program is installed on a specific disk, and doesn't need some elements of C: (mine is small), where the system is installed?

No worries, I guess I will survive if nobody answers. :D


Data

Hi GT, I would say wherever possible try to install your programs to D: , if you come across any problems with any of them then put them back to C:

You should be OK, most will install to any drive and work fine. 

And well done for coping with no electricity, a very tough task indeed.  :thumbsup: 

GT40


Many thanks Data. For now (I'm just beginning to load some programs on this toy), I only have CCleaner and Incredimail that are automatically installed on C:

I guess (I'm not sure) that, if we can choose the disk, the whole program is installed there.

Sorry, that was a stupid question. Who (with a normal computer) really cares about that? ;)


Data

I have to do the same thing because my C: drive is only 36GB, most of my programs are on D: as well.

We do have some similarities GT  :)

DaveMorton

For several years now I've tried to keep the OS, user data and installed programs on separate drives, mainly because it's easier to recover if everything isn't piled on the same physical drive. Too bad M$ doesn't see the benefit of allowing users to do that. If they did I wouldn't have to jump through a bazillion hoops to get my system set up the way I like it.
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