Many modern laptops and desktops are built with two hard drives: A Solid-State Hard Drive (SSD) and a traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
Solid state drives tend to process information much faster than their HDD counterparts, but they’re also way more expensive than a regular hard disk drive. Look at it as an improved version of the traditional hard disk.
Naturally, Windows users would want to keep most of their data stored in their HDD, while using the SSD to store performance-heavy applications and programs, as well as their operative system.
Some computers store all data on the SSD by default, so you might need to change the path manually. You might also need to transfer files from SSD to HDD.
The process isn’t too complicated, and we’ll guide you through the steps you need to take.
Moving Files From Your SSD to Your Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
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Make sure your Windows is up to date, with all programs updated. In most cases, your HDD is your D: unit on Windows, while the SSD has the C: unit assigned.
Check your Windows to ensure that those values are the same. It’s important that we’re on the same page on this, otherwise you’ll have to follow our instructions closely and adjust the Drive names accordingly.
Access the Windows Explorer and enter your User Profile. Simply access the folder with the same name as the user you’re logged in to.
For example, if you turned on your computer and accessed it with a user called “Admin”, then look for the “Admin” profile folder in your Windows Explorer.
Once there, look for your Documents folder. All the information is usually installed there by default, and it’s highly likely that your computer is storing everything in that folder, which could be in the SSD.
Right click on that folder and select the “Properties” option. There, you’ll be able to change the path of the folder. The path, in case you don’t know, is the location of a file inside your computer.
You’ll want to change the C: path to any location you desire, if it starts with “D:”. This will change the folder’s location to any path you set.
If prompted with a message asking you whether you’d like to move the files or not, simply click “yes”. The process could take a while, depending on how many files you have inside your SSD.
It’s a straightforward process, but you still need to be patient – even if your computer has access to more than 8GB of RAM.
Repeat the steps we mentioned above with any other programs you’d like to move to your HDD drive. Depending on the type of file or folder, you might be able to drag it from one hard drive to the other. The location will then change on its own!
Wrapping It Up
As you can see, transferring files between hard drives is a very mundane process. Getting the hang of it is rather easy, and once you’ve thoroughly read our tutorial, you should be able to handle things on your own from now on.
Remember to dedicate your SSD space for important and performance-heavy programs. These hard drives are very powerful and shouldn’t be used to store pictures or music.
You could use an SSD for that, of course, but you’d be wasting valuable hard drive power on things your HDD could handle.
As a small side note… You can’t defrag an SSD. Solid State Drives do not get fragmented, so don’t worry about it if you tend to move around too much data.