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Do I need to do a partition? SSD & HDD

Case- Nzxt Phantom 410
CPU- Fx 8350
GPU- xfx HD 5450
Ram- 16gb Gskill (1866)
Mobo- m5a99fx pro r2.0, Asus
W/CPU- H80i watercooling ,Corsair
PSU- HX 750w ,Corsair
SSD - 120GB, Corsair
HDD-1TB
DVD Rom
Windows 8.1

I was watching on youtube the newegg guy in How to build a computer part3. There was a part that befor installig the OS he did a partition to the SSD but #1 -I dont know what does that? or is it worth it?

#2 Due to my specs do I need to do a partition. Im planning to use the SSD for th OS and maybe add some heavy programs like Autocad, other 3d programs, Photoshop, Ilus etc. Then use the HDD for saving the files and all the other stuff media, downloads & games. #3 What good suggestion would you give me?

Also I forgot to say that the HDD-1TB was used before when I was using APU CPU-win7 and still has files, I wont mind if I erase them but the problem is when do I connect it & erase it.
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  1. Best answer
    Hi amr4622
    It is not necessary for you to partition your hard drive , you can just install your operating system on your ssd and leave your HDD for storage , that will fine
  2. No you dont need a partition. Unplug the HDD, put the OS cd in, and when it asks where to put it, point it to the SSD, and it will do the rest. After the OS is installed, you can plug the HDD in again.
  3. Not on a 120GB SSD. Maybe a 500GB or over - put your games on the other logical drive (faster load)
  4. No need to unplug your HDD , simply choose the ssd to install your operating system on during install and you will be fine
  5. Wow thanks that was fast.

    If I want to install those programs on my ssd will it conflict when I tried to open them with files that are on the HDD?

    Best solution for the first who answer -micky
  6. no it will not , any files you have installed on either drive will execute from that drive , that will not be an issue
    if you have previous applications installed on the HDD and that was your previous operating system and now you wish to install a new operating system on the ssd then some applications that were installed on the HDD may not work if you boot up from the SSD , if that is the case simply reinstall those applications on the SSD , any files stored for photoshop ,autocad,illustrator etc will still load into the newly installed os
  7. mickypheonix said:
    no it will not , any files you have installed on either drive will execute from that drive , that will not be an issue
    if you have previous applications installed on the HDD and that was your previous operating system and now you wish to install a new operating system on the ssd then some applications that were installed on the HDD may not work if you boot up from the SSD , if that is the case simply reinstall those applications on the SSD , any files stored for photoshop ,autocad,illustrator etc will still load into the newly installed os


    Got it, Il erase anyway the HDD so I will begin from scratch.

    So it wont be bad that I use the most I can from the SSD maybe 100gb from 120GB filled of OS & app .
    Then when all the stuff I want is on the SSD I connect the HDD right?
  8. If starting from scratch and erasing HDD data make sure to backup whatever files you wish to keep before formatting the hdd
    I would install windows , cad , photoshop and your apps on the ssd
    anything else install on the hdd .
    leave them both connected that is fine , anything you require speed to execute install on the ssd , any movies,music,video or games etc all on the HDD to save space on your ssd
    and you will be good to go
  9. Thanks!!
  10. you are most welcome , hope it all goes well for you , all the best
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