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Installing second SSD

  1. #11


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    Another question, if i use GPT on this second drive, say using Disk management does it ask me how many partitions, because i only want one ?

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Another question, if i use GPT on this second drive, say using Disk management does it ask me how many partitions, because i only want one ?
    Well if it did just tell it 1 partition. However after you initialize you will create which ever partitions you would like to have, and format
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  3. #13


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    O.k. i have the new SSD for a couple of days just getting few more answers before i did it. Learning process for me, so excuse me.

    I am figuring the reasons to use GPT for a second drive because it is either 2TB or greater, for more partitions then MBR can use.
    Not knowing the advantages of it, but i only figure makes some sense since first OS SSD is also.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    O.k. i have the new SSD for a couple of days just getting few more answers before i did it. Learning process for me, so excuse me.

    I am figuring the reasons to use GPT for a second drive because it is either 2TB or greater, for more partitions then MBR can use.
    Not knowing the advantages of it, but i only figure makes some sense since first OS SSD is also.
    Well I don't know the exact advantages of UEFI and GPT, I think it must be better for no other reason than all the manufactures are only producing UEFI Systems. Also but this is for boot drives only GPT supports Secure Boot. Secure boot is good as it prevents root kits from booting into your system. I'm sure there are plenty of good reasons, with the only bad things is we have to learn an new system and how to work with it. This is the first real change in how BIOS works, since DOS and Windows came about. Can be frustrating to us, as its not what were used too.
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  5. #15


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    Thanks Clintlgm for taking your time to reply.

    Just getting back after installing the second drive. Everything worked out good, soon as i booted up went to the disk management box popped up asking me to initialize and was already choosing GPT.

    So i used that and then ran the New Simple Volume wizard kept defaults, named it and used letter D:

    Never yet understand when you buy a 256GB Drive it shows 238GB free, where does rest go.
    Just like the OS drive it shows size at 476GB when you know it's a 512GB Drive.

    Never looked into this part. Try to install some stuff on it see how it goes, most likely gonna be some games.
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  6. #16


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    Never yet understand when you buy a 256GB Drive it shows 238GB free, where does rest go.
    Just like the OS drive it shows size at 476GB when you know it's a 512GB Drive.
    In computer world: 1K = 1024, 1Meg = 1024 K etc...
    For example, if you want to create a 20GB partition, you would have to use: 20000000x1024=20480000 bytes
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  7. #17


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    Does that tell me where the other 18GB went from the 256GB drive considering i made one partition?

    I see it now here SSD | Understanding over-provisioning

    and also here Why does my hard drive report less capacity than indicated on the drive's label?

    I've been robbed
    Last edited by jds63; 23 Aug 2014 at 18:36.
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    Anyone know if i need Windows 8.1 readyboot enabled or not with a SSD ? Mixed opinions on this.

    If i ran WinSAT Formal as some say to do after installing an SSD i believe it disabled readyboot, but not superprefetch.
    Some articles are saying

    On an SSD system, ReadyBoot may not improve boot times by a lot, but it will utilize your fast RAM for what it's good for: serving as a fast cache for the disk. And even the fastest SDDs are still slower than RAM memory - disabling it would still make your booting slightly slower.

    I know how to renable it, through Performance monitor.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Anyone know if i need Windows 8.1 readyboot enabled or not with a SSD ? Mixed opinions on this.

    If i ran WinSAT Formal as some say to do after installing an SSD i believe it disabled readyboot, but not superprefetch.
    Some articles are saying

    On an SSD system, ReadyBoot may not improve boot times by a lot, but it will utilize your fast RAM for what it's good for: serving as a fast cache for the disk. And even the fastest SDDs are still slower than RAM memory - disabling it would still make your booting slightly slower.

    I know how to renable it, through Performance monitor.
    My Intel SSD and Samsung SSD came with software to optimize there performance, further tweaking will probably not be noticeable and could detract from performance. I don't think you have ever mentioned what brand SSD you are running?

    most of all these tweaks your talking about were for SSD 3 years ago, the present lines are much better working and thought out.
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    O.k. i thought i did in begining of my post.

    First OS SSD is Crucial MX100 CT512MX100SSD1 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

    Second SSD for this post is Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

    Yeah i wanted the Samsung EVO but was more money, these i got a good deal on. Figured stick with same brand, but no optimizing software comes with them, Crucial does have one but is older versions.

    Well i understand most tweaks are old, see the dates while i search, but try to get the closest date to now and make sure i emphasize i use Windows 8.1 also. Been not too easy.

    All i want to know, just like when i put in my original OS SSD is it is set to optimal performance, now Windows 8.1 should do most without me doing anything.

    But i saw about running WinSAT Formal to make sure it does set it up correctly in Windows. Even a Microsoft article stating computer manufacturer's to run it after they complete the installation on a SSD with a New PC.

    I noticed before i ran it, readyboot was enabled, after WinSat it is disabled, but SuperPrefetch is still enabled. Again articles state it will be even though it is not running the same, this got me confused.

    Then the confusion between readyboot and readyboost. I recall readyboost in Windows Vista and Win7 as using a USB Flash Drive as memory. Not sure if readyboot is the same, but if i right click my D: Drive (SSD) it shows readyboost tab. Of course i have no means to use it, i have 16GB RAM.
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