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Windows 7: How to initialize new SSD disk (on old PC configuration)

2 Weeks Ago   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
How to initialize new SSD disk (in old PC configuration)

I just recently pick up a Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB for my PC. My system disk is Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB. Besides I also have 2 TB hard drive, split into two partitions.

I was planning to use this new, third disk solely for gaming.

I havent' gone through this process before, so I need an advice - should I chose MBR or GPT? I understand that GPT is recommended only for disks larger than 2 TB. In the process of initialization I haven't passed this step yet, since I don't wish to check the wrong option.

The other question: at the moment I have two disks and three partitions: C, D, and E. In Disk Management this third disk (strangely) is listed as Disk1 (I thought it should be listed as Disk 2...?)

I would like to name this new disk to be Local Disk (F:). How could I do that?

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2 Weeks Ago   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Never mind.
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2 Weeks Ago   #3

Windows 7 HP 64

Disk numbers are related to the SATA port you have attached the disk to.
SATA 0 = Disk 0, SATA 1 = Disk 1

As I understood, you're going to install Win 7 on the new SSD (Disk1). During Win 7 installation the disk will be formatted (as Legacy - MBR).
- Detach all other disks from the MB leaving on only the disk 1. It's very important or you may end with the boot loader on another disk.
- Do a Clean Install Windows 7
- When finished, attach the other disks (0 & 2)
- During POST, launch the boot menu and choose the disk you want to boot from (disk 0 or disk 1)

If you don't intent to install Win 7, use disk manager to initialize the disk (as it isn't a boot disk, can be MBR or GPT). My suggestion is to low format as Legacy - MBR
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1 Week Ago   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

As I mentioned, I was planning to use this new SSD disk solely for gaming (not for installing Win7 on it).
I was in a process of initializing and needed advice quickly. After 24 hours without reply, I decided to took a chance and to play it by the ear. I opted for MBR.
Thank you Megahertz, anyway.
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