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Question about installing Windows on SSD

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January 21, 2013 12:05:46 PM

Alright, I am building my first computer this week when my parts come in. I have a 3TB hard drive and an SSD(don't remember the size) My friend told me to remember to install windows onto the SSD, but to not put in the 3TB hard drive so I don't accidentally install it on the 3TB hard drive.

So my question is, how do I identify which drive is which during windows installation? Is it that hard to figure which is which? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I just haven't installed windows on many computers so I'm unfamiliar with what the whole drive selection will be like.

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a b G Storage
January 21, 2013 12:13:52 PM

The easiest way is just to not plug in the HDD till you are done installing Windows on the SSD, by doing so you don't get any odd files on the HDD as this sometimes can happen.
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January 21, 2013 3:07:09 PM

During the windows installation the size of the drives pop up too but still I would recommend not connecting the HDD because then windows always creates a 100mb partition on the HDD which slows boot times so yeah leave the HDD unplugged and plug it in only after you have finished installing windows. Also remember to do it in AHCI mode.
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January 21, 2013 6:01:46 PM

So can I still install/put in the HDD just leave it unplugged in the computer? and what is AHCI mode?
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a b G Storage
January 21, 2013 6:11:36 PM

LLCoolKris said:
So can I still install/put in the HDD just leave it unplugged in the computer? and what is AHCI mode?


Yes just leave the thin SATA cable unplugged. AHCI shoudl be the default, but if not you can find it in your BIOS. It should not be on IDE
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