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Installing second SSD

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    Installing second SSD


    I am going to install a second SSD to use just for games.
    I wanted to make sure i have this correct, after plugging in the new drive and booting up the PC.

    I need to go to Disk Management look for the New SSD and right-click, then select "new simple volume," follow the wizard to format the drive.
    I know i can name it and change it to which ever Drive letter is available that i want to use, most likely be D: .

    Just wanted to know if this was the correct steps. My original OS SSD is using UEFI and GPT style, but i know i do not need to have this one GPT, otherwise i have to reinstall everything (OS), i read it can run legacy (MBR) style.

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    Solved i was correct, no further assistance needed. I know Drive letter is available as i left my optical with E:.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    I am going to install a second SSD to use just for games.
    I wanted to make sure i have this correct, after plugging in the new drive and booting up the PC.

    I need to go to Disk Management look for the New SSD and right-click, then select "new simple volume," follow the wizard to format the drive.
    I know i can name it and change it to which ever Drive letter is available that i want to use, most likely be D: .

    Just wanted to know if this was the correct steps. My original OS SSD is using UEFI and GPT style, but i know i do not need to have this one GPT, otherwise i have to reinstall everything (OS), i read it can run legacy (MBR) style.
    You can use you 2nd SSD either as MBR or GPT UEFI supports both and convert between the two as long as its a data disk. If you try to put a OS on it then you would have to clean install to GPT disk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    I am going to install a second SSD to use just for games.
    I wanted to make sure i have this correct, after plugging in the new drive and booting up the PC.

    I need to go to Disk Management look for the New SSD and right-click, then select "new simple volume," follow the wizard to format the drive.
    I know i can name it and change it to which ever Drive letter is available that i want to use, most likely be D: .

    Just wanted to know if this was the correct steps. My original OS SSD is using UEFI and GPT style, but i know i do not need to have this one GPT, otherwise i have to reinstall everything (OS), i read it can run legacy (MBR) style.
    You can use you 2nd SSD either as MBR or GPT UEFI supports both and convert between the two as long as its a data disk. If you try to put a OS on it then you would have to clean install to GPT disk

    It will only be for games, not sure if i will put some software on it. My original SSD C: is OS Windows 8.1 Pro64bit and is a 512GB and is UEFI GPT Style.

    I think only way i can make this one GPT is doing the whole Windows 8.1 install over. Told i could use it just MBR (Legacy).

    Not sure i understand a different way of doing it, if i wanted to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    I am going to install a second SSD to use just for games.
    I wanted to make sure i have this correct, after plugging in the new drive and booting up the PC.

    I need to go to Disk Management look for the New SSD and right-click, then select "new simple volume," follow the wizard to format the drive.
    I know i can name it and change it to which ever Drive letter is available that i want to use, most likely be D: .

    Just wanted to know if this was the correct steps. My original OS SSD is using UEFI and GPT style, but i know i do not need to have this one GPT, otherwise i have to reinstall everything (OS), i read it can run legacy (MBR) style.
    You can use you 2nd SSD either as MBR or GPT UEFI supports both and convert between the two as long as its a data disk. If you try to put a OS on it then you would have to clean install to GPT disk

    It will only be for games, not sure if i will put some software on it. My original SSD C: is OS Windows 8.1 Pro64bit and is a 512GB and is UEFI GPT Style.

    I think only way i can make this one GPT is doing the whole Windows 8.1 install over. Told i could use it just MBR (Legacy).

    Not sure i understand a different way of doing it, if i wanted to.
    Well I disagree, you can run that 2nd drive MBR or GPT you would only have to reinstall if you wanted to put an OS on it. Since you already have A UEFI system I would run it GPT. You can't go wrong either way and you can change later if you want to. its only the OS drive that matters for UEFI the OS drive has to be GPT the other drives can be either and data drives can be converted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post

    You can use you 2nd SSD either as MBR or GPT UEFI supports both and convert between the two as long as its a data disk. If you try to put a OS on it then you would have to clean install to GPT disk

    It will only be for games, not sure if i will put some software on it. My original SSD C: is OS Windows 8.1 Pro64bit and is a 512GB and is UEFI GPT Style.

    I think only way i can make this one GPT is doing the whole Windows 8.1 install over. Told i could use it just MBR (Legacy).

    Not sure i understand a different way of doing it, if i wanted to.
    Well I disagree, you can run that 2nd drive MBR or GPT you would only have to reinstall if you wanted to put an OS on it. Since you already have A UEFI system I would run it GPT. You can't go wrong either way and you can change later if you want to. its only the OS drive that matters for UEFI the OS drive has to be GPT the other drives can be either and data drives can be converted.
    O.k. but how to i make it GPT after i install it in bay and boot ? Nothing in my BIOS. What are the advantages of a non operating system SSD Drive for GPT Style to even bother since i am not looking to make more then one partition ?

    By the way it is 256GB SSD for second drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post


    It will only be for games, not sure if i will put some software on it. My original SSD C: is OS Windows 8.1 Pro64bit and is a 512GB and is UEFI GPT Style.

    I think only way i can make this one GPT is doing the whole Windows 8.1 install over. Told i could use it just MBR (Legacy).

    Not sure i understand a different way of doing it, if i wanted to.
    Well I disagree, you can run that 2nd drive MBR or GPT you would only have to reinstall if you wanted to put an OS on it. Since you already have A UEFI system I would run it GPT. You can't go wrong either way and you can change later if you want to. its only the OS drive that matters for UEFI the OS drive has to be GPT the other drives can be either and data drives can be converted.
    O.k. but how to i make it GPT after i install it in bay and boot ? Nothing in my BIOS. What are the advantages of a non operating system SSD Drive for GPT Style to even bother since i am not looking to make more then one partition ?

    By the way it is 256GB SSD for second drive.
    As I said you can't go wrong either way, my point was that GPT is possible. MBR is Legacy GPT is the new way. Its entirely your option. I would use Mini tool partition wizard free edition to create either one

    Diskpart search cmd, right click select run as administrator
    Diskpart
    list disk
    Select your SSD
    Convert GPT or MBR
    create partition primary
    select part 1
    format fs=ntfs label=(name) quick
    Exit
    Much easier to use MT Partition Wizard or built in Disk Management
    Last edited by Clintlgm; 22 Aug 2014 at 20:24.
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    Thanks i basically meant also when i first boot after SSD is installed and go to Disk Management was there a way there, will it ask me which way to initialize the SSD, before doing the Volume wizard.

    Excuse me if i seem a bit confused, mostly new to me along with the UEFI GPT i did initially with the SSD OS drive.
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    O.K. this article shows that when going to disk management after the drive is installed will ask you first to initialize giving you the choices of either MBR or GPT. What?s the Difference Between GPT and MBR When Partitioning a Drive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Thanks i basically meant also when i first boot after SSD is installed and go to Disk Management was there a way there, will it ask me which way to initialize the SSD, before doing the Volume wizard.

    Excuse me if i seem a bit confused, mostly new to me along with the UEFI GPT i did initially with the SSD OS drive.
    Yep it is fairly new I was first expose to it in 2012 with this notebook. Thankfully there were people to show me how.
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