Need to add a sata drive to a duel boot system


  1. Posts : 184
    Windows 10 Pro 64Bit
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    Need to add a sata drive to a duel boot system


    Hi, I have windows 10 and windows 7 on a duel boot configuration.I have three drives designated to windows 10.I'm using windows 7 pro 64 bit for gaming only, But I'm running out of storage space. So I want to add a 500 GB sata drive I have in my desk drawer to windows 7.Windows 7 is installed in it's own ssd drive named windows 7. I want to name the driveI want to add, Windows 7 Drive 2 because of the drive letters changes that occur when bootingup on the different OS's.What would be the simplest way to accomplish this...Thanks...
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    Windows 10 HOME 64-BIT
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    Simply plug the extra HDD into the PC with a SATA-cable, make sure it's a SLAVE drive (not MASTER!). Or you can buy a HDD housing, put the HDD in there and plug it in via USB cable into your PC.

    Just my 2 cents! :)
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  3. Posts : 184
    Windows 10 Pro 64Bit
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    That is about as simple as it gets...Thanks Ring Tail...
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    Raner said:
    That is about as simple as it gets...Thanks Ring Tail...
    The handy raccoon thanks you! -shakes paws!- :3
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    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
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    There is no Master or Slave with SATA drives. Rather, there is the Windows Boot drive and any Secondary drives.
    Plug the data cable for this drive in the back of the drive and plug the other end into the motherboard SATA port. Plug the power plug in from the PSU. If you are not booting from this drive, Start the computer and boot into Setup (Bios) here under the Main, or System Information area, make sure this "new" HDD is listed. If you do not see the drive, make sure the SATA port that you plugged the drive into on the motherboard is Enabled.
    Then go over to the Boot Tab. Make sure this HDD is lower in the boot order and not first or near the top. Save and Exit. When computer starts, it will load the default Windows you chose to boot from, and it will list this new drive as a Secondary HDD with the next available Drive letter. If you don't need the files on this drive and want to use it for Storage drive then you can Format it NTFS and copy any files or Game Saves to this drive.
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