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SSD and HDD as both Internal Hard Drives?

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April 2, 2013 3:51:09 AM

Hello. I plan on getting an Intel 330 SSD (the only series available around here) with a 180 GB Capacity. Currently I have an HDD and once I get my SSD I want to have both my SSD and HDD installed in my system. Just a few questions

1) This is possible yes?
2) Will I run into any annoyances once I have both installed? (Install a program -> installs on the HDD when I wanted it on the SSD)
3) Do I need to go through something or is it simply installing both then having my SSD as C: and HDD as D:?
4) Can I install the SSD and HDD THEN install Windows 7 or do I have to first install Windows 7 to my SSD THEN install the HDD?

Thank you for help!
April 2, 2013 4:12:18 AM

you have to reinstall your operating system in the SSD and run the HDD just like an external harddrive (HDD is just for keeping your datas) just make sure you choose to boot the SSD first when you run the computer from bios. other than that it doesnt matter if you install HDD before or after windows installation.
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April 2, 2013 4:14:50 AM

I would recommend temporarily removing (unplug) the HDD from your system, install Windows with the SSD installed only. After windows is installed then install the HDD.
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April 2, 2013 4:58:11 AM

Mr5oh said:
I would recommend temporarily removing (unplug) the HDD from your system, install Windows with the SSD installed only. After windows is installed then install the HDD.

Why so?

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April 2, 2013 6:16:58 AM

redness said:
Mr5oh said:
I would recommend temporarily removing (unplug) the HDD from your system, install Windows with the SSD installed only. After windows is installed then install the HDD.

Why so?



Windows will create a small hidden boot partition. This will prevent it from being created on the HDD.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...
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April 2, 2013 3:20:46 PM

Many good posts here.

If you want to migrate or image over from the HDD to the SSD, you can do that with many free and pay software packages(good link from Timjim81).

If you want to install from scratch, then yes as ss202sl says, disconnect the hard drive first to prevent Windows from
A. using its already existing system reserved partition(boot loader)
B. trying to make on on the hard drive if you did not have one(yes this can happen).

Once the install is done, you can connect the hard drive and get what ever files you want to use for the ssd.

Once you have it all the way you want you can clear off the hard drive and tell Windows to move your personal files to the hard drive. The "user" folders can be moved with the "location tab"


In the end, all the stuff you want fast will be on the SSD and files and even programs that do not need speed will be on the hard drive.
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April 4, 2013 2:13:08 AM

Question as I am doing almost the same thing.

If I understand this correctly, all I need to do is install windows on my new SSD and use the HDD as a sort of storage mule. Also if I understand this correctly all I have to do is change the drive order in BIOS so that the SDD comes up first in the boot order and well, maybe just leave my HDD off the boot order. Can I do that? For a life boat I could keep my CDROM as second boot and then my external CDROM for a third. Something like that? I have windows already installed of course on my HDD. The SSD is a new drive to an established system. What I would like is to boot from either, from time to time if possible, switching it in BIOS I would guess? Just wondering if that can be done.

I only have one or two programs I wish to run off the SSD, rather large ones. Then I will run everything else off of the HDD. Pointers are MUCH appreciated. Thanks so much.
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April 4, 2013 8:53:01 AM

I just want to clear this up.

You want to RUN Windows on both the SSD and the HDD?

Once you hit the ssd for Windows, you will NEVER want to go back.

Now, what is best for you(IMO).

First off, You want to remove the hard drive(just disconnect at least the data cable. Spinning will not hurt it[you can always disconnect the power cable as well.].).

Get out your Windows DVD and install Windows onto the SSD.

The reason for disconnecting the hard drive is recommended is because if Windows sees the hard drives boot loader, It may just add it self to it. In that case, removing the hard drive or erasing it in the future will leave you unable to boot from the SSD. you do NOT want that.

Once you have Windows installed on the SSD, you can reconnect the hard drive and set to the boot order in the bios.

Now if you want to run programs from the hard drive, it is HIGHLY recommended that you reinstall them over top of the old location. The installers will recreate any needed registry entries.

If you did NOT make your folder private on the old load of windows(HDD load), you can actually use the location tab in all your personal folders(under c : \ users \) to redirect those requests to the old hard drive. This would mean no matter what drive you boot off of, you would have the same desktop icons(anything on the "C : \ Users \ Public \ Desktop \" folder will not show up on the other loaded version of Windows hard drive. so you can have some programs installed only on one and place the shortcuts in that folder to avoid dead shortcuts on the desktop) and personal files in your documents ect.

Now that you have Windows on the SSD and HDD, you may want a faster way to select one or the other.

Grab your self a copy of EasyBCD and use the Add New Entry section to add the HDD copy of Windows to the SSD bootloader(Call it Win7 HDD or something). Now use the edit boot menu option to select a timeout and select what copy of Windows loads if you do not tell it in that timeout(I recommend the SSD one).

When you use the boot loader to select a copy of Windows it will always appear as c : . so no programs should have too many issues with this(If some do, we have another around to try if you have that issue :)  ).

Personally, I would just use the SSD for Windows and then install all the programs you need on the hard drive(clearing out all the old copy of Windows, but the second copy has an advantage of being bootable if you loose access to the SSD for any reason).

This seems like lots of work, but it should do just what you need it to.

For future reference, Please do start your own threads as sometimes these old(in this case it is NOT old, but you get the point) threads getting revived can cause issues.
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April 6, 2013 1:02:43 AM

I just dont know why people keeps messing around with weird solutions but i specifically installed ssd and hdd together, then re-installed win8 over them, just select your 1st boot device from bios as your SSD and install your windows on SSD but just before hitting next to start installation process dont forget to format your HDD too and create the partition (do i need to mention to take a backup? :D ) so all partitions will know whats going around (and you will have your drives C and D just like you want, but anyways you can replace the drive letters as you wish from disk management tool) once you boot in the system.
good luck.
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April 7, 2013 2:21:40 AM

Ok got the SSD up and running. I think I can get all that done. Thanks for the great info. So many folks on too many sites these days flame people for not searching for answers so I was trying my best to get answers as close to my issue/question. Will do in the future then. THANKS SO MUCH!
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