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How do I set up an SSD+HDD Win 8.1 UEFI install properly?

IllusionaryInno

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This is just for future reference so I can write stuff down. I already know HOW to install Windows 8.1 in UEFI Mode to an SSD, but there's something that I don't understand and I need specifics on it. Building a computer in the future, yay, and gonna run it with an 120GB SSD as a boot drive and a HDD to hold my programs and to store my files.

I plan to install via DVD, and the common guide suggests not connecting the secondary drives so the OS doesn't confuse the drives or whatever.

But I'm confused as to whether or not the OS will detect the HDD when I plug it in after the OS is installed? Is there anything special I need to do so as to start using it to store files? Will Windows automatically format it and use it properly or what?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built
    CPU
    i5 661 @ 3.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
    Memory
    2x2 Corsair Vengence 1600MHz @ 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX 660 GDDR5 2GB Direct CU II OC
    Screen Resolution
    1920 by 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x 500GB Samsung Spinpoint
    PSU
    Corsair HX520
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Pure 3.0

KYHI

Well-Known Member
Pro User
Install the SSD > install windows > shut down PC > install HDD

Windows will find and ask to initialize and format if needed
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

IllusionaryInno

Member
Member
So it's literally as easy as just plugging in the HDD? O_O
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built
    CPU
    i5 661 @ 3.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
    Memory
    2x2 Corsair Vengence 1600MHz @ 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX 660 GDDR5 2GB Direct CU II OC
    Screen Resolution
    1920 by 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x 500GB Samsung Spinpoint
    PSU
    Corsair HX520
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Pure 3.0

jds63

New Member
Pro User
When i installed Windows 8.1 Pro had all drives installed OS on one SSD and had a second SSD plus a HDD in system at the time of install done UEFI.
GPT style for the 2 SSD's and i setup the HDD MBR from disk management. HDD for backup (Data) second SSD for games.
Possible either way of course.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 1502 (GX1502)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 5820K 3.30 GHZ 64 bit 6-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3
    Memory
    G.Skill 16GB Quad Channel DDR4-2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ DDR5 4GB
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster ZxR 5.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS PA24Q 24" Pro Art IPS LCD/LED Backlit 1920x1200
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 16:10
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    WD WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 3.5 Internal HDD
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 750W 80 Plus Gold Full Modular
    Case
    AZZA Cosmas Black Gaming Case
    Cooling
    Cool Master Hyper 212 Evo Dual 120mm, ( 2) Noctua PWM 120mm Case Fans (1) Gelid PWM 120mm Blue LED
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800 Illumiated Wireless Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball
    Internet Speed
    84mbps /94mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox 41.0.1 / Microsoft Edge/ IE 11
    Antivirus
    Norton Security 2015
    Other Info
    Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x Blu-Ray Burner, LG 24x Dual Layer DVD Burner,
    StarTech Front Bay 22-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Multi Media Memory Card Reader,Logitech Z906 5.1 Speaker system
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