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    jillc
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    Default Disk/partition sizes confusion

    I ordered my new pc with 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD and Windows 8 installed. When I accessed Disk Management - at the top it lists:
    Volume Layout Type File System Status Capacity Free space
    (blank) Simple Basic Healthy (Recovery Partition) 300MB 300MB 100%
    (blank) Simple Basic Healthy (EFI System Partition) 100MB 100MB 100%
    (C Simple Basic NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) 237.96 GB 201.37 GB 85%

    Under that is listed Disk 0, Disk 1 and CD-ROM :
    Disk 0 1863.02 GB Unallocated
    Disk 1 238.35 GB | 300MB | 100MB | (C 237.96 GB NTFS

    I am just so confused with these figures. I thought the software was going to be located on the SSD but there is not a separate drive letter for it. On my old pc I had my hdd partitioned so data was kept separately from software. I wanted to do the same thing here but I was expecting to see 2 drive letters and I thought I'd need to create a 3rd.

    Can you set me in the right direction?

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    Default Re: Disk/partition sizes confusion

    Could you post a screen shot of to disk management window? From what you saying, you're missing an awful lot of realestate.

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    badrobot
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    Default Re: Disk/partition sizes confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by jillc View Post
    I ordered my new pc with 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD and Windows 8 installed. When I accessed Disk Management - at the top it lists:
    Volume Layout Type File System Status Capacity Free space
    (blank) Simple Basic Healthy (Recovery Partition) 300MB 300MB 100%
    (blank) Simple Basic Healthy (EFI System Partition) 100MB 100MB 100%
    (C Simple Basic NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) 237.96 GB 201.37 GB 85%

    Under that is listed Disk 0, Disk 1 and CD-ROM :
    Disk 0 1863.02 GB Unallocated
    Disk 1 238.35 GB | 300MB | 100MB | (C 237.96 GB NTFS

    I am just so confused with these figures. I thought the software was going to be located on the SSD but there is not a separate drive letter for it. On my old pc I had my hdd partitioned so data was kept separately from software. I wanted to do the same thing here but I was expecting to see 2 drive letters and I thought I'd need to create a 3rd.

    Can you set me in the right direction?
    From the list you provided above, "C:" or DISK 1 is the OS drive which is your SSD and is 15% used which is occupied by the OS. If you want to name that drive you can simply go to "This PC", right click on it and choose "Rename".

    DISK 0 is your 2TB HDD and is unallocated because it is up to you how you want to utilize it. To be begin using that 2TB HD, you first need to format it and assign a drive letter and a name for it. On the Disk Management, highlight the 2TB HD, right-click and select "New Simple Volume" and follow the prompt to assign a drive letter or a name. Then you can also create separate partitions as you wish.

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    jillc
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    Default Re: Disk/partition sizes confusion

    Thanks very much Badrobot. Makes sense.

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    badrobot
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    Default Re: Disk/partition sizes confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by catilley1092 View Post
    Interesting, one would think that these drives would come already formatted as a Data partition, if nothing else.

    Coming out of the box unformatted, Windows is going to bug the crap out of one to do so.

    However, it's great to have that SSD+HDD combo out of the box. A 256GB SSD should hold one for years to come & last even longer. Well known & designed brands will last 10+ years before needing replacement, even assuming 10GB of writes per day, which is actually what wears the SSD. Reads doesn't cause wear at all.

    Enjoy your new computer! I'm soon going to replace one of mine, but will likely furnish my own SSD. Those that comes with that size out of the box are expensive.

    Cat
    Hahaha. I was also guilty of that assumption at one point when I installed a new hard drive on one of my PCs and when I reboot, the drive isn't being detected at all. I thought the hd was defective. But when I went to Disk Management utility, the hd was there, but no drive letter assigned yet. It's an easy fix.

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