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July 8, 2013 4:45:25 PM

I'm not really sure how to ask this. Basically i plan on building my second PC by the end of this year and want to put Windows 7 on a solid state but still want to keep my current HD for programs and such, i have NO experience with multiple hard drives and I'm not sure how i can keep things (such as program files and documents) on my old HD. I would just use this HD for everything but i've heard a SSD makes windows run smoother and i current have windows 7 32 bit and plan to get 64 bit. I was also hoping to get another regular HD to give me more space. Could someone explain to me how this would all be done, is it even possible?

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July 8, 2013 5:51:01 PM

It'll work :)  There are 3 ways you can do it.
1. Just put your HDDs into the appropriate slots of your case, and hook up your mobo with them. As for the SSD, put it in the smaller socket, and install your OS onto that :)  Dw about your older HDD, just put it in too.

2. RAID0 it for speed (google it, it's a bit of explaining which I'm too tired to do :p ), and do what I said above

3. RAID1 it for security (So in case one of the HDDs were to poop on you, it'd be accessible from the other HDD/SSDs, google it as well for more detail)
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July 8, 2013 5:55:42 PM

exodasius said:
It'll work :)  There are 3 ways you can do it.
1. Just put your HDDs into the appropriate slots of your case, and hook up your mobo with them. As for the SSD, put it in the smaller socket, and install your OS onto that :)  Dw about your older HDD, just put it in too.

2. RAID0 it for speed (google it, it's a bit of explaining which I'm too tired to do :p ), and do what I said above

3. RAID1 it for security (So in case one of the HDDs were to poop on you, it'd be accessible from the other HDD/SSDs, google it as well for more detail)


if i did what you said in #1 would my HDs be linked together (like appear as 1 HD in my computer?) and would files stay where they are on my old HD such as my program files and documents?
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July 8, 2013 6:01:29 PM

Nah, it wouldn't appear like one HDD. I'll show you my (terrible) laptop's thing.


So there are two HDDs, w/ 2 partitions. Forget the 2 partitions (recovery and ms office), and focus on C: and D: . All of the HDDs and SDDs would look like that, depending on the order you link them in :) 
The files will stay in the same place, unless you drag and drop them elsewhere :D 
Gl with your build :D 
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July 8, 2013 6:25:20 PM

exodasius said:
Nah, it wouldn't appear like one HDD. I'll show you my (terrible) laptop's thing.


So there are two HDDs, w/ 2 partitions. Forget the 2 partitions (recovery and ms office), and focus on C: and D: . All of the HDDs and SDDs would look like that, depending on the order you link them in :) 
The files will stay in the same place, unless you drag and drop them elsewhere :D 
Gl with your build :D 


Thank you very much! :)  one last question though, will programs still be usable from the old HD? or will they require some form of reinstall. Thanks again
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July 9, 2013 7:02:57 AM

They'll still be usable, albeit slower in comparison to the newer HDDs :)  However, I'd personally get the installation file, and drag it over to your new C:/ Drive, because the file may not work if you dragged all the files to the appropriate spots (the directory is a tricky thing). Good luck :) 
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