[SOLVED] Should I only have one drive connected to my new build when installing Windows?

TheNerdyGlaceon

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I am going to "build" my "first" PC soon (more like transferring parts from a prebuilt to a new case with a new motherboard) and I was wondering if during initial Windows installation I should remove every other drive and only keep the one I'm planning to install Windows on, then add the other ones later, which is what everyone that I've seen is recommending... or does this not matter at all as long as I choose the correct drive (and potentially diskpart clean the correct drive) during Windows setup?

I have my stuff backed up to another drive which I'm planning to use to get everything sorted after installation.
 

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Absolutely one drive only.

Why?
It prevents any and all accidents. Yes, people do make a mistake
It also prevents Windows from putting the small boot partition on the other drive. Yes, it usuallly does that, through no fault of yours.



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TheNerdyGlaceon

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People recommend that so you don't accidentally choose (and wipe) one of your mass storage drives.
My boot drive is 500GB, while my other disks (Crucial MX500 1TB SSD and WD 1TB HDD) are both, obviously, 1 TB. If I am careful with diskpart and make sure that I select my original boot drive (which isnt too hard considering the size difference), should be no problem having the other drives connected from the get go right?
 

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Absolutely one drive only.

Why?
It prevents any and all accidents. Yes, people do make a mistake
It also prevents Windows from putting the small boot partition on the other drive. Yes, it usuallly does that, through no fault of yours.



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TheNerdyGlaceon

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Absolutely one drive only.

Why?
It prevents any and all accidents. Yes, people do make a mistake
It also prevents Windows from putting the small boot partition on the other drive. Yes, it usuallly does that, through no fault of yours.



Actual physical disconnection.
Alright I'll make sure I only have my 500GB SanDisk connected during the initial setup. Better safe than sorry.
 

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