too much Disk Space?

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  • nangtienngu

    Yes, CR only requires about 32 GB so you can use the free space to save your music, or video, etc.

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  • Mark

    is the remaining disk space automatically declared as free memory and I can save something (music, pictures, etc) there? or do I have to adjust something while installing? How can I find the place later, so that I can store local data there? find no faq for it. Thanks for your help.

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  • Joseph Honnoll

    CR partitions the whole drive. If you have photos and other it'll sync with CR if you have them on Google Drive, otherwise you'll have to add the photos and other to the download folder or create a Folder 

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  • nangtienngu

    After installing CR, Download Folder is the only one you can see beside Google Drive in the File App Manager. The main system files are hidden in 27 partitions that you can't see unless you are good at Linux. If you have a lot of documents, photos, musics, films, etc, you may create every folder for one item. It will help you manage things easily and you should back up your files on Google Drive because accidentally deleting files on Download Folder (local disk), you will have no chance to restore them.

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  • Mark

    okay, I understand that correctly: I install CR, after the reboot I put folders for music, photos, documente locally on the computer? are they automatically synced with drive then or can they stay locally on the computer? should these newly created folders then be created "under downloads"?
    (btw, 22 years with linux * smile)

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  • Joseph Honnoll

    For the Downloads Section nothing should be synced so yes you can create Folders

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  • nangtienngu

    You can choose which things are should be synced on the setting menu. And you can create a folder either in Downloads or Google Drive. For me, I prefer Google Drive because no one can see my files unless they know my google account information.

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  • Mark

    great, thank you for the help, what I can do with my remaining disk space. I will probably install tomorrow

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  • Joseph Honnoll

    You can Dual-Boot with Linux LINK

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  • Mark

    Thanks for your link, but the plan is to replace openSuse with cloudready to get me completely into the OS. I already have an Android Mobile and a Tablet, that's just logical :-)

    I have one last question left. How do I play music that I have locally on my computer?

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  • Joseph Honnoll

    CR has a built-in music player or you can add one via chrome store 

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  • Mark

    Great, big thank you for the support so far.

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  • Joseph Honnoll

    Welcome. Been a Member since 2016. Have 3 Laptops that run CR. Two are Netbooks and 1 is a Laptop (HP 8460P)

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  • Phil Reilly

    Beware the dreaded REINSTALL though....so I'd backup anything on that HD.

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  • Mark

    why should I reinstall? upgrades run safely in the background? otherwise just secure everything on an external hard drive

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  • Phil Reilly

    ...just make sure you have backups...sh.t happens.

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  • Joseph Honnoll

    Like me Phil, I have a HDD that's External and I don't have to Back-up and it's a Laptop small 32GB SSD with a USB to Sata Cable. No back-up needed. I have it on Dev. Channel to. I can use it anywhere though I wouldn't unless I ask to

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  • Mark

    Installed and very satisfied. Everything is supported. Everything works fine. Great. Only Spotify I can not get up and running (webplayer).

    video (youtube) works, sound too. Only Spotify refuses completely. No special settings set in the privacy settings. any solutions before i will open a new thread?

    hm, although the codecs are installed, mp3 does not work yet. is this planned for the future?

    the rest of the system is really top.

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  • nangtienngu

    If you go to setting and install all the plugins, most of the file types for music and video will work. You may need to reboot the PC after installing the plugins.

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  • Mark

    *facepalm
    Works.
    MP3 & Spotify.
    Great !

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  • Peter Smulders

    I would recommend against storing large amounts of data locally (i.e. Downloads folder, etc) unless you have copies of those files elsewhere. The whole philosophy of ChromeOS is to be device independent and especially when using old(er) hardware, I would be sceptical about the longer term durability of system components: HDDs are typically the first thing to fail but there are other possible hardware issues that make your hard drive inaccessible.

    On a 'normal' Chromebook, local storage typically is a measly 16 or 32 GB. ChromeOS does a remarkable job of syncing an caching the files you need to work with, but it is optimized for web-based documents rather than voluminous media. Where a Chromebook will start complaining about drive space when you have a few accounts (or even just the one) with lots of media files synced locally, your CR device with hundreds of GB will never do that. So there's your advantage.

    I have not tried this, but in theory, you should be able to increase the partition reserved for swap and cache to a much larger number than its default values. This requires Knowing What You Are Doing(tm) so caveat emptor. :)

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  • Mark

    Peter, I need data that has nothing to do in the google cloud, but I need to work locally. These are under / downloads in a special folder, which I secure every 2 to 3 days then on an external disk. that works wonderful.

    Of course, I could also encrypt this data with a program like boxcryptor and put it on gdrive, but that costs me too much time

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  • Peter Smulders

    Sounds like a valid use case and as long as you have some kind of backup, I suppose you should be allright.

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