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How to setup 1 SSD and 1 HDD?

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May 25, 2014 5:43:02 PM

Hello everyone so I'm building a new pc and I have 1 250gb ssd and 1 1tb hdd, my question is do I have to do any raid setups and if yes how do you do the raid setup? Thanks!

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a c 217 G Storage
May 25, 2014 5:56:27 PM

No raid will NOT be required.

You should make sure the system is set to AHCI mode in the bios and install with JUST the ssd connected.

Once you get into windows and update all your software and drivers add the hard drive(you will need to initialize it and create a partition) and tell Windows to use it for your personal files.

So you could make a folder on that drive called
d4v0 \ documents
d4v0 \ downloads
ect

Now use the location tab on your folders under c : \ users \ your login name here \ . It can be found in the properties for each folder.

Once this is done writes for these locations should goto the hard drive automatically.
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May 25, 2014 6:45:16 PM

nukemaster said:
No raid will NOT be required.

You should make sure the system is set to AHCI mode in the bios and install with JUST the ssd connected.

Once you get into windows and update all your software and drivers add the hard drive(you will need to initialize it and create a partition) and tell Windows to use it for your personal files.

So you could make a folder on that drive called
d4v0 \ documents
d4v0 \ downloads
ect

Now use the location tab on your folders under c : \ users \ your login name here \ . It can be found in the properties for each folder.

Once this is done writes for these locations should goto the hard drive automatically.


Cool thanks for the reply and yes I have my system set to AHCI in the bios and my ssd was the only thing connect and I installed windows on it so now when I connect the hdd how do I initialize and create partition? Is it as simple as just creating the folder and when installing programs just forward it to that folder?
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a c 217 G Storage
May 25, 2014 7:30:42 PM

Initializing a drive is done from Disk Management(Start + R and type diskmgmt.msc). It is easy and on a new drive Windows will ask you to initialize it.

If you want to install programs to the HDD, just pre create a folder(so lets say d : \ programs) for programs to keep things clean. Most programs will allow you to select another install location if you use the Advanced or Custom options when installing.

Worst case, you can move some more stubborn programs after they have already been installed like this.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/294557-32-guide-move-...
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May 25, 2014 7:40:20 PM

Thank you very much for the help!
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a c 217 G Storage
May 25, 2014 7:47:03 PM

Please post if you have any other questions.

Always better to ask instead of having an issue.

I would have posted images(I have images for just these questions), but ImageShack seems to be having a bad day. Worst part is they are a PAY service(I just have images left from when it was FREE, but this does not encourage me to want to get a subscription).
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May 25, 2014 8:02:13 PM

nukemaster said:
Please post if you have any other questions.

Always better to ask instead of having an issue.

I would have posted images(I have images for just these questions), but ImageShack seems to be having a bad day. Worst part is they are a PAY service(I just have images left from when it was FREE, but this does not encourage me to want to get a subscription).


awesome man thanks! i will as i am doing it if i get stuck somewhere i will definitely let you know and right now i just installed Steam on my SSD and if i only want specific games on my ssd and other ones on hdd how do i do that? is there an option to choose the hdd when i am installing the games on steam?
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a c 217 G Storage
May 25, 2014 8:24:51 PM

Steam has you covered.

You can make a library on the SSD(default location) and another on the hard drive.

This is a built in steam feature.

Hit Steam -> Settings -> Downloads -> Steam Library Folders.
Add library folder.



Now when ever you install a game it will ask you what location to use. You can have many of these libraries and all games from all libraries will show up together in your game list.

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May 25, 2014 8:43:58 PM

awesome thanks! i do that when i have the HDD hooked up already right?
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a c 217 G Storage
May 25, 2014 8:46:59 PM

Yes.

You can pre create the folder first as well to make things a bit more easy, at that point you just point steam to it.

As soon as you have more than one game library steam will always ask what library to install to for future game installs(each game, so you do not have to worry about it, just select what you want when installing a new game).
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May 25, 2014 9:51:49 PM

Great thank you again you helped me a lot
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