Mechanical hard drives no longer pull crotch Win10 makes it a second to mega-capacity SSD

Seeing this title, I guess some of the partners will not be able to resist saying that the editor is the title party, right? Don’t worry, let’s read on. Now everyone’s system disk is gradually replaced with SSD, especially high-speed PCIe M.2 SSD. mechanical hard disk becomes a bit of a chicken feed, as file storage disk will obviously feel too big read and write gap and unhappy. In fact, if you have two hard drives, Win10 comes with management software can make it double the speed, close to the speed of SSD can greatly enhance the experience Oh.


So, without further ado, let’s use the always free SATA on the motherboard to connect the two old hard drives. Here you should pay attention to the best use of SATA interface with a close number and choose a hard drive with close capacity and speed, otherwise it will be a bit wasteful. Then right-click on the Start button and select Disk Management. You should see the two hard drives lined up in the lower hard drive list. Note that if there was data on the drives before, first back up and delete all volumes on both drives.



After that, right click on the lower list of hard disk space, will display a variety of new volume mode, to read and write the full upgrade, select “New Volume with Area”, will pop up the wizard page, click Next.


In the subsequent setup window, add the other drive together, noting that the available capacity shown below is based on the smaller of the two x 2.



After that, it’s pretty much the same as a normal partition, with drive number assignment, drive path page and formatting options, but with extra conversion to dynamic hard disk and existing data loss warnings, as well as “fast format” not selected by default, so you’d better select it manually, otherwise the x2 capacity will take a long time to format normally. During the formatting process you will find that the larger capacity disks are partitioned to allow the smaller capacity one to maintain the same capacity.



Once the formatting is complete, we can see that the two hard drives in Explorer have become one, and the capacity has been increased. What if we test it, the read and write speeds are multiplied, and the two normal hard drives can reach 400MB/s or even 500MB/s or more when combined, similar to SATA SSDs.


Single hard drive


Hard disk with zone volume

Some of you may find, “Isn’t this RAID0? Yes, but this RAID uses Win10’s own software driver instead of a hardware RAID controller, so it can’t be used as a system disk, and even some underlying testing software won’t recognize it. Disassembly is even easier, right-click on the RAID disk and select “Delete Volume”.


What do you mean? If you want a more secure RAID1 mode, just select “New Mirrored Volume” in the first step. As for performance, the read speed is also greatly increased, while the write speed is not changed, and the capacity is only equal to the smaller drive, not the capacity multiplier.



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