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I just bought the Crucial M4 256GB SDD and I need to RMA my Caviar Black. I want to go ahead and get this new SDD started while I wait for the new HDD. When I get the HDD I was considering loading my OS (Windows 7) on there just in case I ever need to use it. Highly doubt I will, but who knows. 1. I'll need to format the HDD before I send it back, will I just be able to plug it in and unplug the SSD just so I can get to the HDD and zero it out? 2. Will I be able to install an OS on this secondary (HDD) drive after the OS has been installed on the SSD? 3. How would I set it up so that the computer never accesses the HDD unless I need to switch over to use it at some point?

I plan to use the HDD for all my media and large files, but I don't want the HDD to be in use unless I have to access something from it (or add to it). This Caviar Black is a noisy drive and I prefer not to have to listen to it unless it's needed. Thank you in advance!!
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Well first of you'll want to partition the cavier with a small portion for the separate OS and the larger portion for all your media files.
You can set a very small timer for the OS selection screen such as 2-3 seconds so there is no waiting for it to boot into the SSD OS.
As for it not being accessed it generally shouldn't be if you just using it for file storage, windows media player has a habit of running in the background and maintaining access to media files but they arent really that noisy, personally I cant hear my drives at all.
There are power saving options in windows you could use to gain the effect, if you set it so the hard drive turns off after say 5 minutes of not being used then that would stop the noise

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So I will get the option to choose which OS to boot from. Then again, guess it never dawned on me to just select the priority of boot drives in BIOS. Thank you, I forgot about the advanced settings to turn off hard drive. Am I correct when I assume that as long as both drives are set at AHCI that they will remain separate and not affect each other when both are plugged in as long as I don't manually do so otherwise?
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You will get the option of what OS to use no matter what the boot disk priority is.
Yea, they are independent devices. Windows does tend to use disk space for hidden system files though so be aware of that too.
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What do you guys recommend doing with the HDD? I know there are several options. I'm sure I can't use the same license key for Windows 7 that went on the SSD so installing a backup operating system is probably out of the question. I was thinking taking the HDD and creating a partition for mirror images from the SSD and using the rest for documents and media? Maybe even setting it up so my 'libraries' save to the HDD by default.
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Not trying to push this back to the top, just wanted to say thanks for the help! I don't post here often but I do browse frequently. More often than not if I come across a thread where I think I may be of some help, somebody has already offered advice and probably have more qualified people to offer troubleshooting help. Thanks again!

FWIW, I decided to use the HDD as a simple storage drive and mirror my SSD in case of emergency.
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