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How to install windows on SSD then install HDD later

How do I do that?
Do I have to plug in my SSD with sata then install windows with the disk, once it is all loaded up do I turn off my PC and plug in my HDD?
Thanks Ben
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  1. Best answer
    Yes. Install the OS with only the SSD plugged in. Then after the OS is installed, and rebooted turn it off and plug the HDD in.
  2. You can install the OS on the SSD with the HDD plugged in, just choose the SSD when windows prompts you on where you want to place the OS.
  3. burdenbound said:
    You can install the OS on the SSD with the HDD plugged in, just choose the SSD when windows prompts you on where you want to place the OS.


    If you do this, the hidden boot partition will be put on the HDD, and not on the SSD - everything gets to the SSD except the boot partition. This may be fine, but if the HDD fails, you will not have a boot partition. By only having the SSD plugged in, the Install will put the boot partition on the SSD.
  4. ss202sl said:
    burdenbound said:
    You can install the OS on the SSD with the HDD plugged in, just choose the SSD when windows prompts you on where you want to place the OS.


    If you do this, the hidden boot partition will be put on the HDD, and not on the SSD - everything gets to the SSD except the boot partition. This may be fine, but if the HDD fails, you will not have a boot partition. By only having the SSD plugged in, the Install will put the boot partition on the SSD.


    So just install windows with my SSD installed then plug my HDD in later when it is all working?
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