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Please Advice! Need Help with activating/adding a NEW SSD on my computer

KrelianKrelian Member UncommonPosts: 384

I have a rather new (only 5 Days old) computer.

It has already Windows 8.1 installed to its C: Driver by default (and I have NO PROBLEMS with that, I DONT want to reinstall windows onto a new disk or anything like that).

I have just bought a new SSD (Samsung EVO Basic 840 1TB)

And I want to ADD this disk to my system WITHOUT changing anything else.

The disk has been physically installed on my computer and connected properly by the technicians at the store from which I had bought my computer.

They ALSO made sure that the new SSD is recognized by BOTH Bios AND the device manager in windows 8.1

BUT they told me that they did not create a NEW VOLUME (?) for it,

which basically means that even though it is physically installed, and both bios and windows recognizes the disk, IT IS NOT USEABLE as of yet.

They told me I have to Active it (create a new volume??)  in diskmanager or something like that.

So I googled it, and ran: diskmgmt.msc

Upon doing that, I immediately got a question like: (Checked) Disk 1

MBR or GPT? 

I googled it a little bit more, and chose MBR over GPT (legacy, fewer possible compatibility issues etc)

** BUT NOW, I dont know what to do after that :( **

And this is what I need help with.


Here is a little info about the disks on my computer:

I have a C: drive (windows installed on it)

and a D: drive (Good'ol fashioned harddisk 2TB)

E: (dvd rw)

F: (SSD 250gig)


G: (SSD2 250gig)

ALL of the above are seperate physical disks


NOW, I want to ADD A FINAL DISK, MY NEW Samsung EVO Basic 840 1TB.

And Im guessing that it should be the H or I drive or something like that....?


What should I do to enable it for use (as yet Another extra disk) in windows?

Thank you for Reading, for your time, and any possible answers :)


  • KrelianKrelian Member UncommonPosts: 384

    Problem Solved! I Think...... :D

    Sorry for bothering you guys here like that, but I really wanted to make sure that I dindnt mess up my rather expensive computer by doing something stupid, thats why I asked here.

    Now I think the new SSD is working well as it should; but feel free to discuss the issue further here if you want to (OR provide me with more heads-up : P) or otherwise this thread can be shelved&/deleted etc.

  • GruntyGrunty Member EpicPosts: 8,657

    You just learned how we learned to do this. Some of us even had to read books before the internet information explosion.




    "I used to think the worst thing in life was to be all alone.  It's not.  The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone."  Robin Williams
  • KrelianKrelian Member UncommonPosts: 384


    Yeah, im just glad that I could activate the SSD without melting my computer or having to read loads of books/online litterature (I had enough of that during the years upon years I spent in university ).

    Please.. no more books... :D

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 22,129
    If adding an SSD that the OS isn't installed on is more complicated than turn off the computer, plug in the SSD, turn the computer on, and then maybe format the SSD before using it, then someone has screwed up.  Well, either that or you're using an old OS that doesn't know what an SSD is (basically Vista or older).
  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 7,061

    Figuring out how to partition/format it in Windows isn't the most intuitive thing if you aren't doing a new Windows installation on it. I would argue that's the hardest part

  • PaskePaske Member UncommonPosts: 135

    For someone that is not too computer savvy creating a new volume and formating is not an easy task.


    It is easy for us who have done it a number of tmes. But for a newbie this can be a daunting task.


    Good for you OP. Having guts to try something new is allways good.

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