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So im a complete noob when it comes to hard drives. I have a Western Digital caviar blue 500gb as my main hard drive. I just bought an ssd, and i get it tomorrow. I want to run both drives in raid. Problem is, i really have no idea how to do that, or what raid to use. I see theres like 0, 1, 2 and even more. Where do i even start?
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First understand you need to identical drives for raid.

Use the SSD for the OS and HHD for storage. Maybe this will help with the SSD install.

It's well worth the little time it'll take to read through this http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds to learn about the SSD.
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That would be a problem, wouldnt it. How do i run 2 hard drives at once? Do i just plug the ssd in, and that its?
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post #4 of 10
I would install only the SSD and load OS with the HDD disconnected, than add (connect) second drive and make changes as needed. Read the guide a bit. It's really not too bad lol.

Would be a good thing to DL latest firmware for SSD from manufactures site and flash during install. That is also in the guide I believe. If you have trouble, feel free to PM me.
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Ok, sounds good man, thanks for the help thumb.gif
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Ok, so i just installed my ssd and put windows on it. I saved all the important stuff from the hdd, which wasnt much, on a usb. Then i reformatted the hdd. So i went to download steam, but i dont want to put it on the ssd, i would rather download it on my hdd. But i cant figure out how. Can i even download files on my hdd anymore?
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Originally Posted by Rolly103090 View Post

Ok, so i just installed my ssd and put windows on it. I saved all the important stuff from the hdd, which wasnt much, on a usb. Then i reformatted the hdd. So i went to download steam, but i dont want to put it on the ssd, i would rather download it on my hdd. But i cant figure out how. Can i even download files on my hdd anymore?

lol, did you see my guide? Change the folder location of the Downloads folder. Then once steam is downloaded install to the HDD.

Also, you didn't need to format the secondary HDD...
post #8 of 10
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Ok, so i just installed my ssd and put windows on it. I saved all the important stuff from the hdd, which wasnt much, on a usb. Then i reformatted the hdd. So i went to download steam, but i dont want to put it on the ssd, i would rather download it on my hdd. But i cant figure out how. Can i even download files on my hdd anymore?

Here's a link explaining how to change locations as well as other very good optimizations. These are all in the first link I sent you by the way lol. http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds#
If this gives you any problems just PM me and we'll go over it more. Take your time and don't let it intimidate you (it'll try real hard) but after a few steps you'll see it's no big deal.

If you dig into Sean's guide from the first link a few posts back, there is a huge amount of info. You just have to take some time and look through everything. I had to do the same thing when I got my SSDs. Most anything you'll need is in there. It has to be one of the best written guides to date!

Dang it all... just got ninja'd by the master him self lol. ninja.gif
Edited by The Sandman - 2/7/12 at 2:48pm
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lol, did you see my guide? Change the folder location of the Downloads folder. Then once steam is downloaded install to the HDD.
Also, you didn't need to format the secondary HDD...

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rolly103090 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

lol, did you see my guide? Change the folder location of the Downloads folder. Then once steam is downloaded install to the HDD.
Also, you didn't need to format the secondary HDD...

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lol, you could have just made a second partition and moved all your data on it and then deleted the old OS partition. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by The Sandman View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rolly103090 View Post

Ok, so i just installed my ssd and put windows on it. I saved all the important stuff from the hdd, which wasnt much, on a usb. Then i reformatted the hdd. So i went to download steam, but i dont want to put it on the ssd, i would rather download it on my hdd. But i cant figure out how. Can i even download files on my hdd anymore?

Here's a link explaining how to change locations as well as other very good optimizations. These are all in the first link I sent you by the way lol. http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds#
If this gives you any problems just PM me and we'll go over it more. Take your time and don't let it intimidate you (it'll try real hard) but after a few steps you'll see it's no big deal.

If you dig into Sean's guide from the first link a few posts back, there is a huge amount of info. You just have to take some time and look through everything. I had to do the same thing when I got my SSDs. Most anything you'll need is in there. It has to be one of the best written guides to date!

Dang it all... just got ninja'd by the master him self lol. ninja.gif

lol
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