I am running a Samsung 830 64GB SSD for my OS and a SeaGate 1TB HDD for programs and storage. I managed to get my OS and everything on to my SSD and also the majority of my programs to the HDD. The computer boots just fine and quickly. In my "My Computer" folder, my C: is the SSD and my E: is my HDD. All of this registers just fine.
I have also gone in and moved my User folders to my HDD. I also changed a few registry items in Windows 7 64bit to where the program default file is now the one on my HDD. Nothing major (or so I think).
The issue is when I start up my BIOS on my ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe/GEN3 , on the boot menu it says that it is booting to my HDD. On the EZ setup menu, it only has two options, my HDD and my Optical Drive. I went into the advanced settings on the BIOS and found that it recognizes that I have the SSD there. So I changed it to where it was the hard drive boot priority and not the SSD and now on the EZ setup it has the two as the SSD and the optical.
Now, when I boot from here my windows comes up with an error message and then wants to run in its repair mode. When I do this, the only thing it wants to do is re install from a back up.
But when I go back to change it in the BIOS advanced settings to the HDD it boots up just fine.
I am kind of at a loss here. I do not know if it is just telling me it is going to the HDD but it says my C: is the SSD and its really booting to it. I just want to guarantee that I am getting the full performance that I should (hence the SSD). Any thoughts on this?
Also, I have both my drives (which are both SATA 6.0 Gb/s) plugged into the Marvel SATA ports on my MoBo. I think the Marvel is confusing me so I want to plug them into the other Intel ports. Would just plugging them in to the other ports be ok or do I need to change anything to do it? Will it be able to pick up the hard drives up in a different port and run fine?
This is my first build and it has been flawless up until this point. It is running well but I want to guarantee I am getting max performance. My rig is:
Did You install windows to the SSD with The HDD disconnected - Recommended Method, Or was the HDD connected when windows was installed.
Does your SSD have that small 100 mb system partition.
No, I orginally installed windows on the SSD with the HDD disconnected.
Now, in the BIOS, it is stating that I am booting to the SSD. I am not sure but maybe a windows update fixed the issue or it repaired itself. Either way it seems to be working just fine now. Thank you for all the answers.