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I should just plug both my SSD and HDD in via sata, then select the SSD when installing windows? Or is there more to it? Could I just plug in the SSD first, go through the initial set up, then put in the HDD after all is running fine?

I've never had more than one internal drive, sorry for the seemingly simple question.
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Install OS to SSD and then set up the storage drive afterwards.
That's when you'll select the folders that normally would be on the SSD to the HDD.
post #3 of 9
You should unplug everything from your SATA ports except your CD/DVD drive and your SSD. Go into BIOS and set to boot from CD, then install OS as normal. Once you have the OS up and running, drivers installed, etc., plug in your HDD and format/set up for storage.

Then find one of the threads to tweak your settings to optimize your SSD.

Hope this helps,

Rich
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What's the procedure for formatting an internal storage drive?

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What's the procedure for formatting an internal storage drive?

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Go to Disk Management and format it the way you want it.
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Go to Disk Management and format it the way you want it.
Any specific reason to format one way or another?
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post #7 of 9
If you're just using it for file storage, I would just create it as a single, simple volume and use NTFS.

Rich

EDIT: Just read your post a little better. NTFS has several advantages over FAT32, but I see you are running XP. I've never had a problem with this, but according to MS there might be problems with older programs running on an NTFS volume. Even if this is so, you will probably have most of your software running on your SSD.
Edited by Lost Hawaiian - 8/5/11 at 11:30pm
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It's going on a win7 64bit ultimate build
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I believe the install lets you choose which hard drive. The easiest way would be have the SSD and ODD plugged in (only those two) and install.
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