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    Default Does it really matter which HD I download to?

    My computer came with one hard drive, but I added a second drive because the primary is nearly full. I use the second HD for my videos for the most part.

    My operating system (Windows XP Hom Edition) and and everything else is on the original (primary) C drive.

    Today I downloaded an updated driver for my graphics card. Instead of downloading it to my C drive, I "saved" it to my large slave (jumper is set to CS per WD) drive.

    I have not attempted to install this updated driver yet because I started thinking maybe I should have downloaded it to my primary C drive. I began to wonder if the driver will install properly from drive F, or if the hardware (graphics card) will operate properly if the updated driver is installed this way.

    Does it really matter which hard drive "updates" or other "software"are downloaded to before they're installed?

    I don't understand the relationship between two different hard drives, the hardware (in this case the graphics card), and the software (updated driver in this case). Could someone explain how the software gets installed in the hardware? Or does it really get installed on the hardware? As you can see, I'm a novice and need your help to learn this process.

    When I install the updated driver, will the install work just good as if it had been downloaded to the C drive?

    Your guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Does it really matter which HD I download to?

    It will be fine. Windows probably just sent it to the slave drive to save what little space is left on the master drive. It will update the drivers in your windows installation.
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    Default Re: Does it really matter which HD I download to?

    As Casecutter has said all will be fine, the target directory for file installs will be c:program files so any updates/software will go there. My main concern is that you have enough room on your primary hdd for the programs to install, you really need to clean it up if it is full, delete temporary internet files, cookies, take any other data you can over to your slave drive, run defrag and if you are confident you have your pc running properly turn off system restore (this will clear all restore points freeing up hdd space, don't forget to turn it back on and create a restore point) you can also, in system restore change the amount of hdd space dedicated to keeping restore points. Clean out any stuff you don't need.
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    Default Re: Does it really matter which HD I download to?

    You can also move your swap file to the new hard drive, this can free up as much as a few gigs.

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    Default Re: Does it really matter which HD I download to?

    Reguarding your question about drivers and their relationship to the system as a whole: The drivers are simply instrucions that the operating system needs to properly use the hardware. Occasionally the hardware manufacturers release a new set of instructions designed to leverage more use out of their product or to resolve conflicts.
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    Default Re: Does it really matter which HD I download to?

    i have 2 call of duty 2 mod sets, for some reason windows decided that i needed 1 on each hard drive, pretty wierd but altogether it only takes up about a gig of space.

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    Default Re: Does it really matter which HD I download to?

    Quote Originally Posted by orangutang91
    i have 2 call of duty 2 mod sets, for some reason windows decided that i needed 1 on each hard drive, pretty wierd but altogether it only takes up about a gig of space.
    I would guess that CoD2 is as much responsible for this as Windows is. Unless, like burnselk, you installed the mod from the second drive, then maybe it just left those files there...

    I allways prefer to use more than one HDD. (Though in my most recent builds I have gone back to using RAID arrays.) That way I can load most of my games, music, and downloaded files to the second drive and I don't loose everything if I have to reload the OS. (Actually I now know how to rebuild my boot.ini so I don't have this kind of thing happen.) At the same time, I feel that overloading a hard disk can contribute to it's failure. It used to be that HDD manufacturers recommended keeping your drive use below 85%. Maybe they've decided that this is a negligable factor in HDD failure, or maybe they want to sell more HDDs.

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