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I have 2x40GB SSDs. When I install my Windows on the first drive, after a while I start to get the "Low disk space" messages. My mainboard doesn't have a RAID controller and since it's new, I don't want to buy a new one. I looked around and couldn't find a suitable RAID controller to buy. I was wondering if there is a way to install the OS and after the first run, somehow append the disk space of my 2nd SSD and make it a 1x80GB drive. Is there a software solution for this?

For the record, I'm using Windows 8.

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There is a way to do it, it is called spanning, but I am not sure how to accomplish this as I have never had to do it... – TheXed Oct 26 '12 at 17:39
Off main question: Be sure to turn off Windows "System Protection". In 7 it's under the Control Panel > System & Security > System > System Protection. That sucks up space. – nerdwaller Oct 26 '12 at 17:59
@nerdwaller It was off anyway but thanks for the suggestion. – Alireza Noori Oct 26 '12 at 19:56
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There is a way to do it, it is called spanning, but I am not sure how to accomplish this as I have never had to do it...

Here is a site that detials the process, hopefully this helps... I don't think it will matter if it is Windows 7, or 8 as the process should be fairly similar.

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Thanks. At the end of the article it says that it will format the drives. Do you know whether it is possible to install the OS on such drive? I mean, I can hit "Shift+F10", create a span drive before installing the OS but is it going to boot up? – Alireza Noori Oct 26 '12 at 18:04
I don't know, like I said I have never done it before... anyone else know? – TheXed Oct 26 '12 at 18:06
OK. I'll wait to see if anyone else has tried it but if not, I'm choosing this as the answer since this seems to work. – Alireza Noori Oct 26 '12 at 18:11

You can mount drives as folders on your C drive. Catch is, files will have to be moved to that folder to save any space. You can do this in the drive manager

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This won't help. Many programs install files on C: and I have to run tons of registry modifications to make it work. It just doesn't worth it. – Alireza Noori Oct 26 '12 at 18:10

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