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Just got a new SSD, trying to make it my primary disk...

So I just bought a new Kingston Technology SSDNow V300 120GB Solid State Drive and I am trying to change my primary drive from my current 1TB Hard drive to this. However in "Disk Management" it says "Unallocated". I googled how to allocate it but it said I need to assign a letter to use it, by right clicking and assigning a letter. I don't get that option when I right click, could anybody point me in the right direction? Am I looking in the wrong place? Some help would be greatly appreciated<3 pics
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  1. I'm confused, are you asking how would you boot the computer straight from the SSD instead of the HDD? In which case you need to install windows onto the SSD, and then in the BIOS under boot options you pick which drive the computer will boot from automatically, which in your case you would pick the SSD. Otherwise under My computer you will see both drives, and they will work in tandem. Meaning you can drag/save files from one to the other, like you would if you had a USB connected.
  2. Right click and select "New simple volume". If that is not an option, select "Change drive letter and paths".

    Yogi
  3. Episodic said:
    I'm confused, are you asking how would you boot the computer straight from the SSD instead of the HDD? In which case you need to install windows onto the SSD, and then in the BIOS under boot options you pick which drive the computer will boot from automatically, which in your case you would pick the SSD. Under My computer you will see both drives, and they work in tandem. Meaning you can drag files from one to the other, like you would if you had a USB connected.


    I am trying to install windows onto the SSD, but it won't show up in my File Explorer so I can't put Windows onto it. :/ Does that make sense? I am not that knowledgeable in the topic.
  4. ChurroPenguin said:


    I am trying to install windows onto the SSD, but it won't show up in my File Explorer so I can't put Windows onto it. :/ Does that make sense? I am not that knowledgeable in the topic.


    And does doing what Yogi said make it show up in File Explorer?
  5. When you put the windows DVD into your PC, it will allow you to choose which drive to install the operating system on.
  6. Y0GI said:
    Right click and select "New simple volume". If that is not an option, select "Change drive letter and paths".

    Yogi


    Are you sure?
  7. Remove the 1TB HDD and hook up the SSD to reinstall Windows.

    If you wish to 'clone' the Windows install from the 1TB to the SSD, that will require a cloning utility.

    To enable the SSD along side the 1TB, initialize the SSD under the storage options in your administrative tools ...
  8. Yes, positive, installing windows is not done through windows explore. Put the DVD into your system and restart it. If it does not boot from DVD, then restart and change boot order in your BIOS to DVD, then restart pc.
  9. avenseth12 said:
    When you put the windows DVD into your PC, it will allow you to choose which drive to install the operating system on.


    I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 directly from my HDD. I downloaded Windows from they're website instead of buying a cd, however the drive isn't showing up in the File Explorer.
  10. Wisecracker said:
    Remove the 1TB HDD and hook up the SSD to reinstall Windows.

    If you wish to 'clone' the Windows install from the 1TB to the SSD, that will require a cloning utility.

    To enable the SSD along side the 1TB, initialize the SSD under the storage options in your administrative tools ...


    Where do I initialize the SSD? Sorry, I'm new to this :3
  11. Best answer
    ChurroPenguin said:
    avenseth12 said:
    When you put the windows DVD into your PC, it will allow you to choose which drive to install the operating system on.


    I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 directly from my HDD. I downloaded Windows from they're website instead of buying a cd, however the drive isn't showing up in the File Explorer.


    Meaning you have a .iso file of Windows 8.1? Then mount it, copy the files to a USB drive. Restart the computer, boot from the USB drive and follow the on screen instructions to installing windows. Make sure to select the SSD as your path of installation.
  12. Episodic said:
    ChurroPenguin said:
    avenseth12 said:
    When you put the windows DVD into your PC, it will allow you to choose which drive to install the operating system on.


    I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 directly from my HDD. I downloaded Windows from they're website instead of buying a cd, however the drive isn't showing up in the File Explorer.


    Meaning you have a .iso file of Windows 8.1? Then mount it, copy the files to a USB drive. Restart the computer, boot from the USB drive and follow the on screen instructions to installing windows. Make sure to select the SSD as your path of installation.


    Alright, thank you very much!
  13. Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer our assistance. A full Windows Installation should see the drive regardless of whether it shows up in Windows Explorer. The drive is not showing up in Windows Explorer since it is not formatted and assigned a drive letter. As long as the installation you purchased is for a complete install and not an upgrade it should have not problem seeing the drive in it's current state. Just start the installation and select the Kingston drive when it comes to that part. If you want to format the drive beforehand, as a previous person posted just right-click the unallocated space and select the 'New Simple Volume' and follow the steps, the default settings are fine. For further assistance, please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you.

    Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
  14. I did not know you didnt have the DVD. As said above, copy the file onto a flash device (USB) and then plug into your PC and restart PC.
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