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dunn logan
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I am building a new computer from the ground up. Because I have more then 4 rendering graphic, photo, movies,graphic design,and gaming soft ware/programs,and I will be multi-tasking on my computer. I want to use 3 hard drives. the first hard drive, that will be a ssd, at 80gb, will be the start up drive. it will only have all my immediate programs such as windows, microsoft word - just to get me at a fast start up. The next drive will be a western digital verloci. hd 150gb. it will have all my design programs/software on it. the 3rd hd, will have all my music production, movies software/programs. can I do that?

A tech guy I know told me that, I will have to restart my computer if I need to use the other hd. he said, you can't switch from one hd to the next, you will have to turn the computer off and back on. Is that true?
The reason why I do want to do this, is that, I have listen to loot of tech guys and they said that, it is not wise to use one large HD, a large hd is only good for backing up. Most tech expert like 3dman, said that very large hd sometimes fail, having your egg in one basket can be very dangerous. more over, you have I/O problems with loading errors because, ther are too many programs loading at one time at start up - makes your computer slow.
please help, I will like to do this, but, I do not want to restart my computer, each time I have to switch from one program to the next.
thanks dunn

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Razear
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If all the drives in the system contain the programs within one OS you will not need to restart your machine in order to switch to a different program located on another drive.

ihatenvidia
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why would you need a third hard drive? why not one ssd as a boot drive and a second one as a storage? just put it all there, maybe get a 450gig velociraptor or 600 if there's one then use the third one as a back up, an external one.

arranmc182
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No, a friend of mine just got a 60GB SSD he installed Windows 7 on the on the SSD with all his main programs then all his games and other stuff are on his 1TB HDD and it runs fine no reboots at all Windows see's the SSD as drive C: and the HDD as drive D:.

dunn logan
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Razear,
thanks for the help. I will not go with my tech guy to build my new computer, because he told me that it can not be done. He said that I will have to reboot my computer each time. I have had problems with my old computer - hard drives crushing and me loosing all my data. This time, I want to do it very good, leaving no room for error. It will a experience, and knowledgeable tech. guy to help me build my computer.

dunn logan
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arranmc182,
thanks for all your help. I think I will get a 60gb super talent SSD drive (use that as my boot up drive. programs will be windows microsoft, office 2010, and other immediate programs needed for booting). (2)western digal velociraptor 150gb each,(all design programs on one), and the other will have my music production software, film editing, and photo editing software as well as gaming. I already have a 500gb western digital external hard drive that I use for back-up on my old computer. I just purchase it yesterday. Razear said, I can do that, just as long as they are on the same so.
thanks again