Installing 2 HD's

By marcothy ยท 5 replies
Dec 7, 2004
  1. I just bought 1 36.4 GB SATA 10k RPM HD, and a 74GB HD of same specs. I originally wanted to install them under a RAID 0 config, but I am not big on the fault issues and chance to lose data.

    So, I was going to install my smaller HD as one for the OS and key files, and use the 2nd HD to install my most used programs (mostly games) and data.

    First, with both of these HD's being new and clean, how should I go about installing them? I have installed single IDE HD's before. I just am not sure about using 2 HD's. My MB does have two SATA ports so I will not be piggy backing any connections on the MB. I know just enough about jumpers to do something stupid too.

    On a side note, is it possible for me to have my OS on 1 HD, and put programs on the second HD? If so, is that a good idea for performance and stability? Or is it better to keep the programs and OS together on 1 HD?

    Any help is greatly appreciated. And I do know more than I may make it sound-I am just trying to learn from the past when I have made mistakes and wished I had asked someone first.

    Basically, if you had these 2 HD's, what setup would you do, and how would you go about installing them?
  2. golfing22

    golfing22 TS Rookie Posts: 22

    To install two hard drives on a system all you have to do is look on the top of the drives and see how the jumpers work. It will show you in a picture where to put the jumpers. Just set one to Master and one to Slave.

    I would personally install the OS on one drive and then use the other drive to put programs on. To do this just install the OS like normal and when ever you install programs like tell it to install on drive E instead of C
  3. Otmakus

    Otmakus TS Rookie Posts: 51

    Yes, it is a good idea to install OS in one drive and the other in another drive. For more information on how to optimize ur hard disks, read this:
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    I have two sata drives on my machine one for the OS and programs and the other for downloads and storage\backup.
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    one reason to put the os on a small partition like about 10gb is that is where most of your disk fragmentation will occur
    obvious you will also get fragging as you swap and delete edit files
    my system is setup like this
    C; drive boot drive 10gb has os on it
    D: storage for MS software and anything linked to OS
    this drive above is 36 gb scsi
    have 3 more same size all partitioned in to 2- 17gb drives
    have 2 80 gb also split in half
    last newest drive 160gb sata split 4 ways
    all labeled for various things
    last good reason data loss back it up save some space to put that system back togther
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You don't have to worry about jumpers on SATA drives.
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