Hi, there. These days I’m hearing a lot about Solid State Drives (SSD) and
their advantage over HDD (in spite of being costly.) My question is: if SSDs
are way faster than HDDs but more expensive, can I install Windows on a
separate, cheap 40 GB SSD and use another HDD of like 2 TB for storing other
stuff? Is it possible to do so? How? I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate on a
In this excerpt from
Answercast #32, I examine the steps needed to install a new SSD drive as a
main drive and then configure a larger drive for data.
Use an SSD for main drive
It absolutely is possible and you’ll find that it’s a very common configuration when PCs are using Solid State Drives. The scenario is actually fairly simple.
Assuming that you have everything backed up (you’ve got whatever’s on your machine right now backed up), you end up installing the Solid State Drive, first, as a second drive.
Set the boot drive
It becomes the primary drive, the boot drive, as part of your selection when you install it.
Then, you simply install Windows on that drive.
Move Windows components
After Windows is installed, you can then move certain components of Windows:
Like the documents folder,
Or the paging file,
Or the temporary files,
Those kinds of things (depending on how much room you find you have leftover)
to the second hard drive.
Move working files
What’s more important is that you keep:
The things you’re working on,
- The things that make it big,
on that second drive.
SSD as primary drive
But ultimately, yeah, it’s very simple to do.
Install both drives (a Solid State Drive and a Hard Disk Drive),
Install Windows from scratch on the Solid State Drive,
and set up your machine.
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