HDD + SSD Combo

Forum discussion tagged with HDD + SSD Combo.
  1. Josh121

    Question Boot drive detected but windows not booting??

    Hi, I'm new here just for this. There's so much information I want to give that I don't know where to start but here goes. I bought a sata kingston ssd to replace an older one I have and I had that and two "bad" hdd's, all of their data copied to the kingston. Everything was fine until today...
  2. HnyBear

    Question Best 5+ Bay External Drive Enclosure?

    I’m looking for a 5 to 8 bay external drive enclosure with fan(s) and power. It needs to handle 2.5/3.5 drives and does not need raid. I’m planning on using it for a media server and a gaming drive so it needs a fast connection to pc I have USB 3.2 ports available 3 look like the old USB A and...
  3. T

    Question Corrupt HDD cloning issues

    Experienced PC enthusiast here, looking for advice on what to do here. I'm trying to clone my mom's old hard disk (upwards of 8 years old) onto an Nvm-e. Every time I try it, my progress stops at about 40% and will not progress further. I left it overnight and still no luck. I tried defragging...
  4. G

    Question Can someone explain to me how switching from hdd to ssd works?

    So basically I install OS in the new ssd. But does the hard drive still need to have the old OS installed? Does the hdd show as a fellow drive in file explorer and then I can easily copy/paste what I want?
  5. north_karma

    Question My secondary HDD disappears until i restart my laptop.

    Hello i have an Asus laptop that comes in with a 1 tb HDD drive and i recently bought an ssd (240 gb) and replaced the dvd drive with a rack for the hdd so i can boot the system on the ssd and use the hdd for storage (i'm pretty sure everyone is familiar with that). everything seems to work...
  6. pierreandré

    Question Re-installing Windows to a new SSD

    So I recently got this SSD (120gb) for my PC upgrade which is where I plan to reinstall my OS. However, is it possible to install windows on this ssd and clean/reformat the old HDD without using a bootable flashdrive? I'm planning on getting the os on Windows Media Creation Tool. Thanks!
  7. amymor

    Question Two SSDs + one HDD, Where should I install Windows, Users folder (including AppData and Temp folder) and my programs and games for best performance ?

    i have two SSDs (128GB NVMe M.2 + 128GB SATA SSD) and a 1TB HDD. each of them has one partition. my purpose is gaming and then using some programs like Photoshop CS6. where i should install Windows in term of gaming performance? i think if i install Windows as well as my important games on the...
  8. A

    Question PC hangs at splash screen after reintroducing old HDD.

    Hi all, My PSU recently failed, creating sparks, and was promptly replaced. Initially, when I added in the new PSU, the PC wouldn't post to BIOS. I took it into a repair shop and they managed to get it working, saying they simply took it apart and reconnected everything. They didn't reconnect...
  9. I

    Question Secondary HDD disappears when installing games or downloading large files, reappears after sleep or restart

    Hello, I have two storage drives in my laptop. Main disk is KINGSTON SA400S37240G SSD and the other disk is Hitachi HTS547550A9E384 HDD. Hitachi disk is inserted in DVD rack via caddy. I have reinstalled Windows 10 and the drivers (including Intel RST) in main disk a day ago. The problem is...
  10. ronax-pro

    Question 500 Bad sectors found in laptop HDD ?

    I bought my laptop in 2018 and today in 2022 my application start crashing due to missing files so I scanned for bad sectors and found around 300 bad sectors in 1 TB HDD. Is my drive gonna fail or can I use it? Spec- Asus R542UQ 1TB HDD/240GB SSD Work I do in system is accounts, 3D CAD, & app...
  11. lolcoolpro.123

    [SOLVED] How do i format my HDD so i can Install new Windows 11/10 on SSD

    My PC only had 1TB HDD and it's almost full, So I just buy a new 256 GB SSD to make my PC Faster. The Question is How do i format my HDD and Install Windows On SSD Step by Step? and what do i Need? (i currently use Windows 11)
  12. M

    [SOLVED] Clone Larger HDD to SSD without files ?

    I have the OS installed on a HDD 4 times larger than the SSD to which i need to clone the system + drivers + maybe installed programs. Is it possible to clone everything except the files like audio, video, rar? Without them the data would fit on the SSD but I don't have a third drive big enough...
  13. D

    [SOLVED] SSD/HDD not being detected in new build

    Hi, so I just built a new PC, everything is new besides the HDD and SSD which was working in my old pc. Now when I try them in my new build it wont detect the disks in bios. Any help? Specs: Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX X570-F CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800x RAM: Kingston Fury 32GB GPU: ASUS Geforce RTX...
  14. G

    [SOLVED] Moving HDD from one computer to another that uses M.2, and that computer now does not boot, why?

    Hey all! Been a while since I've worked on PCs, so I may be out of my element with some of the jargon today. Regardless, here's what's going on. I purchased a 8TB HDD for the PC that I use for gaming. I transferred the data from the old 3TB drive into the new 8TB drive with little issue. My...
  15. Krestonosets

    Question Whenever I turn on games on my PC, there's a chance of my (both) monitors to go black and lose display.

    Whenever I turn on games on my PC, there's a chance of my (both) monitors to go black and lose display. Now, I won't say my PC crashes or the OS crashes entirely. I can still hear songs or my friends on discord (if I'm listening to songs or lets say, was in game with my buddies). I doubt if...
  16. GreenNGreeny

    [SOLVED] I got a new SSD, can i still use my HDD that has been failing?

    I Have one defective HDD and a new and fresh M.2 SSD, it has shown errors like Unexpected Store Exception and Critical Process Died and it has been clicking under the lightest of loads like opening a torrent client and loading two youtube videos on chrome. I have run programs like...
  17. [SOLVED] Simultaneous installation SSD and HDD on my laptop?

    I own a HP Laptop 15-bw0xx. Currently it has a 1 TB HDD; I want to install a small volume SSD on my laptop while keeping the HDD in the laptop. Is this possible with this laptop? I have already tried to look through the official HP website, but the details are a bit ambiguous regarding the set...
  18. T

    Question I want to put HDD into PC beside SSD

    I have SSD with Windows 11 (Samsung 870 Evo 250GB) and I want to connect my old HDD for storage. In HDD, there is Windows 7 so how to connect properly? Also I'm not sure about HDD working good or healthy. I disconnected that HDD from old PC and there was OS crash, freeze, strange sounds (from...
  19. murali95

    Question Boot order problem

    Currently, I've upgraded my Acer Aspire V3-471 laptop with and Crucial SSD and my old Toshiba HDD went into caddy. When I 1st installed fresh windows on SSD boot and everything was fine. So, days later when I installed my HDD in caddy then, my laptop was unable to boot. The boot order in bios...
  20. N

    [SOLVED] Cant access games from hdd after installing windows on new ssd,PLEASE HELP ME!

    ok so i just bought an m.2 and installed it and everything, got windows and stuff. but now i have windows on both my ssd and hdd( c and d drive) but im booting it from the new ssd. but thats not the main problem here, i cant access or open the games i have on my hdd, lets say gta, i have it on...
  21. neynator

    [SOLVED] Files missing from HDD after installing Windows on SSD ?

    After I tryed to install windows 10 on a new m2 ssd when I reached partition selection I tryed to select my m2 storage that was fully formatted but it said that Windows couldnt write a GRT format or something like that, what I did was to go to my BIOS under BIOS /0S boot setting : it was in CMR...
  22. airybike2

    [SOLVED] Migrating windows from HDD to m.2 do i need to clone everything from the HDD to the m.2

    I built my pc last year and thought at the time I would be ok with not having a SSD or m.2 so I put one 3tb HDD and only that I downloaded windows off my old laptop and downloaded its still un activated it doesn't really bother me but it might be contributing to my slow boot time and slow run...
  23. K

    [SOLVED] Questions about HDDs and SSDs

    So I recently got an SSD installed and the person who installed it set it to boot into the SSD rather than the HDD.I have very limited knowledge on computer things so I want to ask some questions about the HDD and SSDs. Will booting into the HDD as the operating system, and SDD being the...
  24. Godfreybanzon

    [SOLVED] Windows digital license key when changing OS drive ?

    So I recently just built my pc only with hdd for the meantime cos Im out of budget, I also bought a windows digital license key for windows 10. And now I've bought me a new ssd and I'm planning to move the whole windows os from my hdd to ssd, will that void my windows key (is it one time use?)...
  25. Bunnii-Latte

    [SOLVED] Windows 10 won't boot after cloning from sata HDD to m.2 SSD

    Got a Samsung 970 evo plus 500gb m.2 SSD to use as a boot drive for my OS and games, and keep my current 1t Toshiba sata HDD drive as storage for documents, music and such. I formatted the SSD using the windows disk manager, then I cleaned up my hdd so it's under 500 gb, in preparation for...
  26. Jason099

    [SOLVED] What exactly happened to my HDD? (File or directory is corrupted and unreadable) (File record segment is unreadable)

    I have two storages, my 512 GB SSD (C: ) for my OS, and my 1TB HDD (D: )for games and anything else. My 1TB HDD is the issue here. I'm not entirely sure what exactly happened to my HDD or whether it is dying/ dead or if it is recoverable. I'll explain what happened moments before my issue. I...
  27. Question My SSD and HDD got damaged in 2 months interval

    I am listing the events happened with my PC synchronously: Two months ago, my desktop PC was taking long press of power button to boot. Posted about it here. And 4 days later, OS crashed and I found that extra cooling fan wasn't spinning. Switched the power cable of that fan and it started...
  28. Rudy_Z

    Question Old hdd issue after installing os on new ssd

    Today i got a new 128gb ssd for my os as my hdd one crashed on my laptop , had a fresh installation, os working perfectly fine but my hdd connected via caddy in my cd/dvd port whatever it is called which i want to use as a storage drive is very slow, when i access the files in any drive of the...
  29. Godfreybanzon

    Question SSD disappearing when plugging new hdd

    Im trying to have a dual storage setup ssd + hdd but my SSD that contains my windows OS disappears whenever I plug another drive(hdd). So far I've tried plugging in 3 different hard drives and I still get the same results. On boot it displays "Error: no boot disk detected" etc etc. And when I go...
  30. S

    [SOLVED] If I have a new SSD and old HDD, would keeping the HDD to store games still cause stuttering?

    I have a refurbished laptop where the HDD is likely worn and faulty since it makes clicking sounds rarely. I occasionally stutter on games even that don't require too much CPU or GPU. I have gone through MANY solutions minor and extreme to fix this problem, no dice. If I got a NVMe SSD and...
  31. K

    [SOLVED] Need help with cloning my OS ?

    My OS drive is a small 128 gb ssd and i want to upgrade to a bigger one.I am using this 128 gb drive for my OS. I am also using two 2TB hdds for storing games. If i clone the 128 gb OS drive to the new one will I lose my data on the other two drives once i boot from it ?
  32. Nikhilniks

    Question My HDD runs continuously and never sleeps. I run windows in SSD. How to enable sleep for HDD when not in use?

    My laptop has combo SSD+HDD. What i observed my HDD runs continious even i dont use it. My Boot drive is SSD. Also there is no page file set on HDD. Crystal Diskinfo too says my HDD runs more than SSD. These are images : https://ibb.co/0nRxWrB Link showing SSD power on hours...
  33. A

    [SOLVED] Laptop HDD suddenly not initialized - what to do?

    Hi guys, I have an Acer Predator laptop that has a 500GB primary SSD and a secondary 1TB HDD. I recently upgraded my SSD from the stock 128GB to the 500GB one. Today, I remembered that there was a file that I forgot to backup from the old SSD so I opened my laptop and reinstalled the old SSD...
  34. U

    [SOLVED] Is the Acer Helios 300 decent? Also is the HDD I've picked compatible with the laptop?

    Hello, wonderful people at Tom's Hardware, I've decided to buy a new laptop for work, and I found that the Acer Helios 300 serves my needs (spec-wise). I've had an Acer Nitro 5 for less than 2 years I believe, and it started acting up and I have a screen issue there so I feel a bit skeptical...
  35. D

    [SOLVED] Problem making new SSD my boot drive!! Please help

    I’m trying to install Windows 10 onto an SSD to use as my primary boot drive, but would like to keep my current HDD for storage. I am unable to clone the HDD to the SSD as the data on the HDD is greater than the total storage on the SSD. So, I downloaded a windows media creation tool and set it...
  36. Z

    [SOLVED] Is it possible that I killed my HDD?

    Yesterday I was defragmenting my HDD for the first time and after it was finished I decided to restart my PC. When it restarted a message during boot appeared that it was still defragmenting and after it finished my PC booted up but my HDD was nowhere to be found either on disk management or...
  37. R

    [SOLVED] Safe to use 2nd hdd without bracket ?

    It is safe to use an ssd on second laptop slot without a bracket ? From factory my laptop comes with a second sata slot for hdd but for some reason is not really designed well .... I can place the hdd but the cover can not be closed , I have cut the plastics that don't let me close it and now...
  38. N

    [SOLVED] HDD won't let computer boot up properly

    Hello, I have a BIOSTAR S120L SSD 480gb in my computer. Today i bought SEAGATE Barracuda Guardian ST1000DM010 1TB HDD and i installed it in my computer normally as every HDD, connected the SATA3 with the motherboard and Power Supply with the HDD. But when i boot up my computer i am stuck on the...
  39. Moth254KF

    [SOLVED] What are the probability to a SSD die caused by a power outage?

    I got a SSD for my laptop and I was plannning later on use it for my desktop. But how is likely to get it kill by a power outage? I mean, I understand the danger of my IOS getting corrupt and maybe lose some data (Btw, I always backup my important data in USB and external storage). But my...
  40. FurriestFerret

    [SOLVED] Local Storage and Backup Solution to Avoid Data Corruption

    Hello, For years I have improvised my own backup "system" to protect my data. I would rather my car fall into a volcano than loose the 700ish GB of data on my main SSD. Can you answer my questions about how data works and give me some advice? For some background, I exclusively use a laptop and...