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    Posted: 10 Aug 2017 at 10:27pm
Hello all, I recently bought a laptop with a TB of storage and SSD memory as well. I'm not very good with computers (actually had you'll help me pick this one out!) so I was wondering if I have to manage what gets saved to SSD vs general storage. If I don't set up the SSD somehow will I be missing out on the feature entirely? (would the fast SSD drive just sit empty without me realizing it?)
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Without seeing your system I'm going to make some assumptions.

First, I expect CyberPower would've installed Windows on your SSD, so that's going to be listed as the "C Drive" under 'My Computer'. It may have another descriptor in front of it.

Second, the good news is that it will basically be your default location for applications and data to use. That means you're already experiencing the benefits. My general guidance is to put most applications and frequently accessed items on the SSD, and put large items (videos, image libraries, large games) on the 1TB HDD. 

If you aren't seeing both drives under 'My Computer' then it probably needs to be setup still. I haven't done much with Windows 10, so here's a good looking guide you can refer to:

Note: Use caution when dealing with tools like Disk Management, as you could accidentally overwrite your current setup. Feel free to ask here if you have further questions.

Finally, since you're using a laptop, I'll make some bit of unsolicited advice. Setup some sort of "online backup" for your data. If something happens to your computer it's worth the time (and potentially cost) to be able to recover it remotely to a new system. Trust me. Eventually in your life, you'll wish you had a backup. For laptops it's even more important because of the increased chance of accidental damage or theft. Not a lot of people run off with desktops ;).

There are both free and paid options. It really depends how important your data is, and how easy you want recovery to be. I use a paid service, Carbonite, at a cost of ~$60/year. There's a good writeup over here:

In the realm of free utilities, you have choices. I like Google Drive, and if you're already using other services it's a nice fit.  (Google Drive and more options)

What's important is that you have something which *automatically* backs up your data for you. Anyhow, like I said, some unsolicited advice, take it for what it's worth and have fun with that rockin' new laptop!

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