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New Build Question: SSD & Hard Drive Configuration


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#1 Sunharrow

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:18 AM

I just built a new Ivy bridge System using a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard. The SSD is first bootable with Windows 7 installed and my ASUS DVD drive is recognized as the second boot priority. The BIOS recognizes my Seagate hard drive but Windows has not assigned a letter to it.

*** This hard drive is for storage such as games, photos, etc.

I have never built or ran a system with two hard drives let alone an SSD and hard drive so please forgive my ignorance. This hard drive is brand new. Do I need to format the drive? Do I need to manually assign a letter?

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:35 AM

Based from my experiences, it's just plug n play. I think you should try to assign a letter to it first.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:14 AM

Just go into "Disk Manager", and you will see the unallocated space/drive. Pick a size, quick format, assign a drive letter and you are good to go.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:28 AM

Thanks to both of you for clear and concise answers. I have a few more questions. This is a TB size hard drive. When I format can I choose this size? Or would it be better to partitions into smaller sections?

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:25 AM

That is up to you. It won't really make any difference as far as data integrity or speed.

Personally, I always dedicate one separate partition to make an image of my primary hard drive/partition so when bad things happen, and they do once in awhile, I can do a quick restore and be running in half an hour. Even that is not really necessary, as you can store a drive image with the rest of your data on one big partition of that 1TB drive. I just do it for personal reasons so I don't accidentally delete a drive image when deleting/cleaning up data on my storage partition (I am getting old after all).

Edited by dpunisher, 01 June 2012 - 06:26 AM.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 01:48 PM

Okay, hard drive formatted via simple format by Windows and I gave it the letter E. Windows recognizes the drive. However, when I go to install something on my hard drive that is to be my Storage drive I am not given the option to change the install directory with a standard install, i.e. I can only install on C drive which is the SSD. How can I access my E drive (the hard drive) from my DVD drive? What else must I do in my E drive to make accessible?

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