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post #1 of 18
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Hi,

I have two HDD's, both with Windows on. I want to keep Windows on one, and use the other as a secondary storage.

How would I do this?

Plug them both in and BOOT the computer, What would happen?

I want to format one of them, but not put Windows on it, just use it as a storage HDD...

Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 18
if they are both sata then i would start by only booting up with the drive that you want to use windows on. sata is hot swappable so you can plug it in while it is on. so once you are booted up, plug in the other hdd and then you can format it and use it as storage.

edit: to be a little more specific, once you have the second hard drive plugged in. right click on my computer, select manage. then go to disk manager and you will see both HDDs. just select the one that doens't say "primary" or something like that. and then format/partition it as you like.
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post #3 of 18
Plug both in.
Boot up.
Go to BIOS.
Go to Advanced BIOS Features
Select HD Boot Priority
Make sure your OS HD is first on list.
Hit F10 and then Y to save and exit.
Boot into OS.
Go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Storage Management
Check for the second HD.
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post #4 of 18
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When I go into the BIOS, How do I know which HDD is which? When I select the one to BOOT from?

If I plugged the second one in, after the 1st one has Booted into Windows, so I plug the SATA cable and the Molex in, or do I have the molex already in?

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post #5 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kornowski View Post
When I go into the BIOS, How do I know which HDD is which? When I select the one to BOOT from?

If I plugged the second one in, after the 1st one has Booted into Windows, so I plug the SATA cable and the Molex in, or do I have the molex already in?

Thanks for the help!
THe HD names should be displayed. If you get a boot error, then you know you selected the wrong one. Just go back and select the other.
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post #6 of 18
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THe HD names should be displayed. If you get a boot error, then you know you selected the wrong one. Just go back and select the other.
They both have an OS on them at the moment, but they should display the names of the HDD, Like Seagate, or WD, right?
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post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kornowski View Post
They both have an OS on them at the moment, but they should display the names of the HDD, Like Seagate, or WD, right?
Yep, and I wouldn't plug one in after you've started up unless you HD controller is set the AHCI mode.
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post #8 of 18
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I got it all working, thanks for the help!

They were clearly named, so it's Ok!

I just right click the other drive and click 'Format' now?
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post #9 of 18
Yup, format the drive you want as a secondary drive. This will erase everything on it, basically like starting from a new slate.
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post #10 of 18
What are the sizes/speeds of these two drives? Have you considered going RAID?
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