Solved Configure SSD as Win10 Startup Drive & 2TB HDD as main drive

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September 16, 2015 at 01:37:07
Specs: windows 8.1, i3 / 4 GB
how do l use an SSD Drive as the start up drive and an 2TB HHD Drive as a main Drive in new build computer

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#1
September 16, 2015 at 01:47:29
Well then. You can install Windows (or whatever your OS) in your SSD drive. Meanwhile in the BIOS settings of your PC, make the SSD the topmost priority of boot after installing your OS.

Your hard drive will then be visible by your PC during normal usage. You can then store all your information there. :-D

[optional, but proceed with caution]. If you also want to change where the user profile is saved, refer to this tutorial: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

For more information, read here:
Installing Windows: http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Micr...
Change BIOS Boot Order: http://grok.lsu.edu/article.aspx?ar...

Hope this helps. Please reply for an update.


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#2
September 16, 2015 at 03:19:00
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My approach has always been to disconnect all drives apart from the one i am installing Windows on. During Windows installation you can then manage your disk how you want, deleting any partitions you do not need or creating partitions if you need. I do this because otherwise you can accidently delete the wrong partition or disk.

Once Windows is installed i then shutdown and reconnect all other drives.

When you restart you *may* need to go into disk management and initialize the newly installed disk(s) if its a new one, otherwise it should just appear under Windows Explorer.

In BIOS it would be best to set an optical drive as your first priority then your OS drive as your second.

Thats all you will need to do.


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#3
September 16, 2015 at 04:21:20
In BIOS it would be best to set an optical drive as your first priority then your OS drive as your second.

The suggestion in #2 above is a good one to follow.

In days of yore it was the standard to set boot order as floppy, then HD; then when cdrom arrived - floppy, cdrom, HD.

Nowadays for whatever reason (and with the demise of the floppy) many systems arrive HD, then cd/dvdrom boot order. My PC systems are set to cd/dvd, then HD. On Mac systems it a little different (I haven't yet found the equivalent to the PC bios option re' boot order). Thus one holds down the option key as system starts up and then chooses what you want to boot from - if not the default HD.


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#4
September 16, 2015 at 11:40:50
Thank you all for you help, l will proceed with my new build

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#5
September 16, 2015 at 16:03:33
I recommend also to keep the secondary hard drive unplugged while installing Windows for two reasons, first, there is no question that you are installing it to the right drive, and second, Windows cannot decide to put your boot partition on the larger drive instead of the same drive you chose to install your OS on. When this happens, you need both drives in order to boot and it makes replacing one much more complicated.
If your SSD drive is 100GB to 120GB then you can install your primary programs on the same drive as Windows without worrying about getting close to a tight drive situation. If your SSD drive is 60GB to 80GB then you should keep it to the OS only with maybe an important program or two. If your drive is larger than 120GB then feel free to install all of your programs on the same drive. Remember to redirect your User folders (Documents, Pictures, etc) to the storage drive after you plug it in.
Here are some more tips for Windows 7 and SSD drives (some may be applicable for 8 & 10):
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/...

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#6
September 16, 2015 at 17:21:59
I'm not sure what do you mean by startup drive and main drive. Usually the startup drive IS the main drive when they're both hard drives. Or are you talking about a windows/OS drive and a storage drive, as has been the discussion so far?

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#7
September 17, 2015 at 13:45:42
Use the SSD for Windows; partition the the standard HDD for programs & data storage.

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#8
September 17, 2015 at 19:44:22
riider: For smaller SSD's that is best but for larger SSD's programs load faster if they are also on the SSD drive and are more responsive. Also if the OS needs to be reinstalled, the programs need to be reinstalled also so they might as well be on the same drive.
All:
I also recommend partitioning off a portion of the hard drive (if it is large enough) and storing an image of the entire SSD drive so it can be reloaded quickly is there is any problem with the SSD drive (as was common when they were new). A partition on the hard drive of 100GB to 150GB should be plenty and on a 1TB drive that is only 10% to 15% of the drive (with a 2TB drive that is only 5% to 8% or you can go a bit larger is needed).
By having the data stored on its own partition it is much easier to set up a back up solution and even restoring is easier.

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