Windows 10: How to use secondary hard drive?

  1.    07 Jun 2017 #1

    How to use secondary hard drive?

    Hi guys. First post here.

    I recently (two days ago as of this post) received my new PC. My primary hard drive has about 230GB of storage, whereas my secondary hard drive has roughly 980GB. I was wondering if someone could please help me and tell me how I can boot my new machine up and it using the secondary hard drive, as it has much, much more space?

    Thank you! :)
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  2.    07 Jun 2017 #2

    Click on the start icon. Start typing Optimize. The app at the top of the list should be Defragment and Optimize Drives. Click on that to open it. Do you see Solid State Drive listed anywhere under Media Type?

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  3.    07 Jun 2017 #3

    Thanks for the reply.

    I see two drives. C: and "Recovery". I can only optimize C:. I did this, but nothing else happened.
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  4.    07 Jun 2017 #4

    PurpleSaurce said: View Post
    Thanks for the reply.

    I see two drives. C: and "Recovery". I can only optimize C:. I did this, but nothing else happened.
    That wasn't the question asked. I was trying to ascertain whether or not the 240GB hard drive was an SSD or not. Normally on a computer that comes with a 240GB "hard drive" and a 980 GB hard drive, the 240 GB drive is an SSD.
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  5.    07 Jun 2017 #5

    Yes. Both C: and Recovery are SSD.
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  6.    07 Jun 2017 #6

    So you won't want to move your OS to the other drive or boot from it because that will be much slower than the SSD, but it sounds like the second HDD does not have a drive letter. I guess post a screenshot of Disk Management and we can see what is going on:
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       07 Jun 2017 #7

    You need to post a shot of Disk Management.

    The answer to your problem is simple, just don`t store any data on your Windows drive, store it on the other drive.
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  8.    08 Jun 2017 #8

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  9.    08 Jun 2017 #9

    Either the second hard drive is not physically connected to the motherboard, the power cable is not connected to it, the sata port is disabled in UEFI, or it is defective. I would start by opening the computer and making sure there is a data cable connected between the hard drive and the motherboard, and a cable from the power supply connected to it.

    Or, if this is a brand new, store bought computer, take it back and tell them the second hard drive is not showing up in Windows.

    This is a photo of the hard drive end (the hard drive in the photo is upside down), the smaller cable on the left in the photo is data and goes to the motherboard. The larger cable on the right is the power cable and goes to the power supply (it might daisy chain to other drives, such as the SSD).

    These are what the cable ends look like. The power cable connector make actually be in the middle of a string of power connectors on the same wires:

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  10.    08 Jun 2017 #10

    where " my secondary hard drive has roughly 980GB"

    (simplified story)
    I have my boot drive as a SSD. I install most programs on it also.
    I use the larger drive( G: for example) for storing back up data (Macrium Reflect disk images)
    On that larger hard drive, G: I transplant photos, music files, videos, some downloaded files, FROM my C: SSD over to my G:hard drive.
    I use a SATA TO USB drive adapter (with its own power brick) and yet another hard drive, K: , to back up that G: drive

    Some refinements to the above are to create partitions on G: so you have an H: partition. Keep your user data on G:, keep you back up data files on H:
    Back up G: and H:, separate backups, to K: hard drive.

    As mentioned , you have to have that ~980gb drive connected and visible first.
    Booting using a SSD is really fast!
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