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July 15, 2014 10:28:30 AM

Hello:

I have all my parts for a new build but haven't started it yet because unsure how to do the solid state drive. I know this is probably a stupid question but haven't built a computer since 2005.
Question is:
Can I build new computer without using a hard drive and using just this solid state drive? If so, I have all I need I guess to start. If not, I need to get a hard drive. I have read how much faster system boots up with the SSD so would like to load windows on that.

thanks for any help.

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a c 894 G Storage
July 15, 2014 10:34:16 AM

Yes, you can use SSD only. Ideally, though, an extra $60 for a 1TB HDD is beneficial.

What size/make/model are you considering buying?
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July 15, 2014 10:34:47 AM

Yes, you can start your build with SSD only without HDD. But you may need to consider buying HDD as well because of price-to-Capacity ratio of SSD which is on higher side.

Just use your SSD like it is HDD. Install SSD in the case. Make it a boot drive. Install OS on it and start using the PC. Simple as it is.
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July 15, 2014 10:36:06 AM

Yes you can build a computer with just the solid state.

Go into bios and set bios to AHCI mode under sata settings (look at munaul for exact procedure for your motherboard).

When you do a windows 7/8 you will need to install the AHCI driver for the disk when it gives you the option to "Load Driver" You can put the driver on a usb stick but it is also on your motherboard drivers cd.

Other then that it is the same.

I highly suggest you get a hdd drive as well, ssd drives are very fast but are less reliable. Backup your files or even a full hard drive image to the hdd, if you have any quesitons on setting up software to do that just let me know.
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July 15, 2014 11:02:40 AM

Thanks everyone. I got the Samsung 1TB already. So I will add a hard drive. But I can go ahead and build now and just add a hard drive later I take it. For hard drives, I understand they have changed considerably in which perform best now.
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July 15, 2014 11:07:39 AM

Yeah you can just add the hdd latter with no issues.

As long as the hard drive is a 7200 rpm drive there is not a difference. Internal drives seem to be more reliable then external drives and seagate/western digital are still the main two companies. As far as what to get, just make sure the drive is 7200 rpms and has good reviews.
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July 15, 2014 12:43:45 PM

boosted1g said:
Yeah you can just add the hdd latter with no issues.

As long as the hard drive is a 7200 rpm drive there is not a difference. Internal drives seem to be more reliable then external drives and seagate/western digital are still the main two companies. As far as what to get, just make sure the drive is 7200 rpms and has good reviews.


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