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install on ssd & hdd - system partition always on hdd, why?

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July 20, 2014 2:21:58 PM

Hi all,

Doing a fresh install on an evo 250 ssd and have a 1TB samsung F1 (or F3) for data. I'm not trying to partition it; I just want the whole ssd for OS and programs and the whole 1TB for data, but when creating those partitions the ssd partitions the entire of the available space as a partition whereas the hdd additionally creates a 100mb system reserved parition.

What is the role of this system partition, shouldn't it be on the faster drive? or is it ok that its on the hdd?

Many thanks
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July 20, 2014 2:29:01 PM

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/what-are-sys...

It's best to have the system partition on the same drive as the OS installation. This is so that if the HDD goes down it doesn't take the whole system with it.

I suggest reinstalling Windows with the SSD as the only drive installed.
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July 20, 2014 2:31:49 PM

That's not ok, because your PC will not start without the hdd now. Just unplug the hdd, before installing windows. Or change the boot order in bios first. Or choose the ssd under advanced disk options while installing.
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July 20, 2014 2:32:16 PM

Awesome, thanks for the quick response.
so ive formatted the hdd, can i just leave it as 'unallocated space' and use it like that or do i have to create a partition in the windows install screen?
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July 20, 2014 2:33:32 PM

killerval said:
Awesome, thanks for the quick response.
so ive formatted the hdd, can i just leave it as 'unallocated space' and use it like that or do i have to create a partition in the windows install screen?

You have to create a partition and format it.
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July 20, 2014 2:35:34 PM

But if i do that through the 'install windows' method it'll automatically create a system partition, whould i just partition it though windows?
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July 20, 2014 2:41:40 PM

killerval said:
But if i do that through the 'install windows' method it'll automatically create a system partition, whould i just partition it though windows?

Finish the installation, restart windows, right click on My computer / manage / disk management / right click on the unallocated space and create the partition.
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July 20, 2014 2:43:30 PM

Sweet, thanks all for your help, appreciate it :) 
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