Windows 10: Beware - clean install with multiple HDD's and UEFI take care !!!

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  1.    3 Weeks Ago #11

    I agree with Sedril, remove secondary drives to avoid any issues.
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       3 Weeks Ago #12

    swarfega said: View Post
    I agree with Sedril, remove secondary drives to avoid any issues.
    It's been the recommended advice since Windows 7.
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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #13

    I almost always disconnected all drives except the one clean install is supposed to go on. By careful installation at first stages it can be avoided, I always give distinct names to all disks and partitions so I can know exactly where installation should go to. Most problems come from an active partition on other disks, specially if there is/was and OS on them. Linux installation is more problematic because it uses different conventions and partition names and partition schemes.
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  4.    3 Weeks Ago #14

    essenbe said: View Post
    It's been the recommended advice since Windows 7.
    Hi there @essenbe

    Just re-iterating again the warning that could lose you data if you don't take precautions before a windows clean install.

    Also on some computers it's not so easy to disconnect HDD's without performing a "major Engineering" project !! - especially those with newer ones with the SSD M2 type of things (the SSD's that look a bit like memory chips instead of the standard 2,5 inch ones) that are now soldered on to mobos.

    Also I still think Windows install should have an option at install time with checkbox to say don't use these HDD's.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5.    3 Weeks Ago #15

    With some systems, individual drives could be disabled in BIOS.
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  6.    3 Weeks Ago #16

    CountMike said: View Post
    With some systems, individual drives could be disabled in BIOS.
    Hi there @CountMike
    the operative word is SOME !!!! but thanks as I hadn't considered BIOS.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #17

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there @CountMike
    the operative word is SOME !!!! but thanks as I hadn't considered BIOS.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    My last 3MBs had those options and so did older ones (10 years +) but windows showed them during setup anyway. Right now, on this Ryzen system I'm blocking one HDD with Linux on it.
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       3 Weeks Ago #18

    CountMike said: View Post
    With some systems, individual drives could be disabled in BIOS.
    Yep this is a simple solution, and it works.

    I disabled my M.2 W7 drive on my X299 when I installed W10 on the 860 Pro, the installer never even saw it.

    But as you said Jim, IF it`s possible.
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