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Properly set up SSD/HDD combo?

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I have a pc currently running a 1TB Blue Western Digital HDD and I recently bought a Samsung 850 EVO SSD. I want to use both drives as storage but I have no idea how to properly set it up on my pc. I am running windows 10, and I have the SSD and the SATA cables. How do I properly configure the drive and make it so that I have the SSD and the HDD to store data on. Thanks!
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I have a pc currently running a 1TB Blue Western Digital HDD and I recently bought a Samsung 850 EVO SSD. I want to use both drives as storage but I have no idea how to properly set it up on my pc. I am running windows 10, and I have the SSD and the SATA cables. How do I properly configure the drive and make it so that I have the SSD and the HDD to store data on. Thanks!

If you already have Windows 10 running off your ssd, then just turn off your computer, plug a sata cable and sata power (from your power supply) to the HDD, turn the computer back on, and then when windows load open disk management and format and assign a letter to the HDD.
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My OS is running off of my HDD as of right now and I do not have an external to transfer the OS to the SSD. So I want to set it up as a combo with the HDD but I want to have it as two separate storage drives, no RAID or anything like that.
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Hi @Icebonez and welcome to the overclock forums!

First, are you planning to clone the OS or you want to make a fresh installation? I personally would prefer the clean install will basically ensure that no junk, redundant and temp files get cloned to the drive.

So, if you are going to make a fresh installation there are few things you should keep in mind - for instance, in order to avoid any possible confusion during the installation connect only the SSD first. Well, in the matter of fact you can follow these steps:

- Connect only the new SSD.
- Plug your installation media - CD or USB - and boot.
- Watch your initial boot POST (Power ON Self Test), enter into the BIOS.
- Set boot media (USB or CD) as the default boot disk device. Save and reboot.
- When Windows Setup begins and asks for a disc select the SSD, then make a clean installation.
- When the OS installation is complete, shut down your computer and connect the HDD data/power cables. After that you can choose whether to reformat it, or bring it back in your system.

However, if you decide to clone it, since your HDD is WD, you can download and use Acronis True Image from here:

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=5wloiD

Also, you can follow this KB article as a guide through the cloning process:

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=SJLa81

Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Cheers! smile.gif
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I want to fresh install Windows 10 onto the SSD while keeping my HDD as my main storage device, but since my SSD is 250GB I would like to put some programs on there such as a few games, photoshop, ect. This would be my first time setting up anything like this so I would need a little help but i do have a good amount of experience with working with computers.
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