Solved Windows 11 Clean Install Advice on Final Release


bikemanI7

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Wondering if it's advisble to disconnect my other drives when i do the clean install for Windows 11 soon as available for my main Gaming Desktop?

Debating on Putting 4TB External back internally in the system, and then using the Western Digital 1TB as Extra External Storage

only question i have at the moments
 
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Hello All

Wondering if it's advisble to disconnect my other drives when i do the clean install for Windows 11 soon as available for my main Gaming Desktop?

Debating on Putting 4TB External back internally in the system, and then using the Western Digital 1TB as Extra External Storage

only question i have at the moments


I would unhook all other drives when doing a clean install. I'd unhook the internet too.
 

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IMHO, When something like this event coming up, I disconnect everything but the C: If it turns out to be successful and after clean up and back up made, I start adding back my storage drives etc. A while back, both my storage drives were RAW after an update. So I do no want to see that again. Chances of that happening again are most likely ZERO, but.
 

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Yeah so think early on the day when i decide to do clean install of 11, then will do dust clean out, unhooking the other drives, getting it installed, then rehooking up other drives after first backup done
 

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Sounds like a go. That scheme will certainly prevent boot files being loaded onto the wrong drives. As Meebers said, long odds, but why not make it certain.
 

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Hello All

Wondering if it's advisble to disconnect my other drives when i do the clean install for Windows 11 soon as available for my main Gaming Desktop?

Debating on Putting 4TB External back internally in the system, and then using the Western Digital 1TB as Extra External Storage

only question i have at the moments
I never disconnect other drives. To do so on my laptop would require me to remove the bottom cover every time. My desktop computer has 3 M.2 SSDs, a couple of SATA SSDs and 1 spinning hard drive. If Windows setup puts the boot files on a drive that I don't want it to, it takes me 5 minutes to correct. It would take me longer just to open the computer to disconnect drives than it would for me to create boot files on the drive and partition that I want them on.
 

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    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
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    32GB
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    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
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    Dell Inspiron 7773
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    Intel i7-8550U
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bikemanI7

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I've Only done it 1 time so far disconnected the other PC drives--despite its a bit of a hassle, does take a bit longer though, especially with my cable situation on this Desktop, but i know i can get it done just like i did the first time i installed this M.2 drive


When i attempted to move the Game SSD from Drive Tray area to Extra SSD mount that case had, except even though plugged the data cable into motherboard other Sata port, that should've been working, as with M.2 i should've only lost Port 5-6, 2,3,4 should still be working

So yeah a little hassle with my cables to disconnect other drives, but still do able
 

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I've Only done it 1 time so far disconnected the other PC drives--despite its a bit of a hassle, does take a bit longer though, especially with my cable situation on this Desktop, but i know i can get it done just like i did the first time i installed this M.2 drive


When i attempted to move the Game SSD from Drive Tray area to Extra SSD mount that case had, except even though plugged the data cable into motherboard other Sata port, that should've been working, as with M.2 i should've only lost Port 5-6, 2,3,4 should still be working

So yeah a little hassle with my cables to disconnect other drives, but still do able
That could use a major clean up. Proper cable management will help you out. Just saying.
 

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Yeah need to do the proper cable management, this was like this from local shop that built system in June 2020, unforuately system wasn't built by me myself, but will get the cable management done as best i can after next dust clean out scheduled for early on October 5th
 

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Yeah need to do the proper cable management, this was like this from local shop that built system in June 2020, unforuately system wasn't built by me myself, but will get the cable management done as best i can after next dust clean out scheduled for early on October 5th
A shop did that? Wow.. That was just poor work at best.
 

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Well they possibly just transferred all the cables i had connected to the power supply from my old Asus G11CD-K Tower.

June 2020 said it was done, and ready for pickup, first time opened it for dust clean out about 3-4 months later, decided well maybe i'll move the Sata ssd to one of those mounts, and temp mount my 8TB Seagate drive internally to check it faster for errors, in the end when i couldn't locate a working sata power cord, i was like back on the 3.5 inch tray for this ssd and fix it later, after i got some nylon zip ties, and can clean up wiring more

Still Need to sometime upgrade CPU cooler as well
Stock Cooler used on Intel I7 10700, Hope to tackle that Christmas or Birthday in February 2022
 

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    Asus VG245H
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    M.2 Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB Boot
    Samsung 860 Evo 1TB-Game SSD
    Western Digital Black 4TB Storage Drive

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    Western Digital Elements 500GB
    Western Digital My Passport 2TB
    Toshiba 2TB in External Enclosure
    Seagate 8TB in External Enclosure
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    EVGA G3 650 Watt
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    Thermaltake V200 TG RGB
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    Intel Stock CPU Cooler, 3 Front Intake Fans, 1 120 Exhaust in rear of case
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I would unhook any external drives but internal ones should not be a problem. There's no need to disconnect from the internet either.

As far as cables go. If everything works and the system stays cool, I don't care how they look. Mine could be a little neater after the upgrades I've done but oh well.Upgraded.jpg
 

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    Enermax Coenus
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    CM Storm Devastator
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    16 GB DDR5-4800
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Yeah i ended up unplugging all the internal drives, installing on my M.2 SSD, then then rehooking up the drives when install was done lol, did it without net, then added my microsoft account later on. Been working well since Install on October 6th

All drives working well

*Now Unplugging Drives on laptop too much of a hassle lol, next clean install when next big Windows 11 Update comes, don't plan to this time lol i don't think*

As for Cable Management still working on that, gotta get more zip ties, and still redo some of the wires, found out why SSD wouldn't work on the SSD mount on rear of motherboard tray, the 2nd Sata Power plug wasn't even plugged into power supply, can't see to plug it back in though as yet
 

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    16GB DDR4 2400mhz
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    EVGA Geforce 1660 Super
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    Asus VG245H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    M.2 Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB Boot
    Samsung 860 Evo 1TB-Game SSD
    Western Digital Black 4TB Storage Drive

    External
    Western Digital Elements 500GB
    Western Digital My Passport 2TB
    Toshiba 2TB in External Enclosure
    Seagate 8TB in External Enclosure
    PSU
    EVGA G3 650 Watt
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    Thermaltake V200 TG RGB
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    Intel Stock CPU Cooler, 3 Front Intake Fans, 1 120 Exhaust in rear of case
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What decision did you make for your 4TB and 1TB drives? On my new desktop I have the 1TB NVMe drive as the OS drive. I installed my Samsung 1TB 860 EVO drive and transferred my user folders to it. This makes for smaller backup images. I backup my system drive weekly, and my data drive every few months. My important files such as my finance data gets saved automatically to drive D when I close the program and weekly by Macrium Reflect to an external drive.
 

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    PowerSpec B746
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    Intel Core i7-10700K
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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
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    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
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    Realtek Audio
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    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
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    1920 x 1080
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    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
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    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
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    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
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    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
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    16 MB DDR 4-2666
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    15.6"
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    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security

bikemanI7

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Well Installed the 4TB drive as Storage, 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 as OS Drive, and Samsung 860 Evo 1TB SSD as Game Drive

WD Black 1TB External in another enclosure currently
4TB drive internal at moment, though hardly using any space on it lol

*I May swap the 4TB with WD Black 1TB by Birthday though, and just restore image to it--not sure yet* used space right now 345GB of 3.63TB


Only have One M.2 port, and always had small Drives as OS Drive, and bigger drives for Gaming or Storage
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel I7 10700
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B460M_DS3H Rev 1.0
    Memory
    16GB DDR4 2400mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA Geforce 1660 Super
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus VG245H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    M.2 Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB Boot
    Samsung 860 Evo 1TB-Game SSD
    Western Digital Black 4TB Storage Drive

    External
    Western Digital Elements 500GB
    Western Digital My Passport 2TB
    Toshiba 2TB in External Enclosure
    Seagate 8TB in External Enclosure
    PSU
    EVGA G3 650 Watt
    Case
    Thermaltake V200 TG RGB
    Cooling
    Intel Stock CPU Cooler, 3 Front Intake Fans, 1 120 Exhaust in rear of case
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero
    Internet Speed
    Extreme 600Mbps/20Mbps upload
    Browser
    MS Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes Free
    Other Info
    UEFI, Secure Boot, TPM 2.0, Macrium 8 Home Edition

Winuser

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Well Installed the 4TB drive as Storage, 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 as OS Drive, and Samsung 860 Evo 1TB SSD as Game Drive

WD Black 1TB External in another enclosure currently
4TB drive internal at moment, though hardly using any space on it lol


Only have One M.2 port, and always had small Drives as OS Drive, and bigger drives for Gaming or Storage
I use my large drives for my images. I have two desktops and two laptops I keep backed up. And to make my need for extra drive space worse I use 4 backup programs. Macrium and AOMEI are my main backup programs.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security

tinmar49

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It looks like you have space for a hot swap hdd caddy. Then you could keep some of the drives in storage cases and use as required. One of mine is an Akasa which has a 3.5 and a 2.5 capacity and both can be used at the same time.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    W11 pro beta
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Athlon 3000G
    Motherboard
    Asrock A320M-HDV r4.0
    Memory
    16Gb Crucial DDR4 2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560-1440
    Hard Drives
    WD black SN750 M2 500Gb
    PSU
    400W Novatech semi modular 80+bronze.
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R2
    Cooling
    front 2 x 120mm rear 100mm stock psu
    Internet Speed
    215/21
    Browser
    Firefox and edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Security and free Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    W11 pro 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Ryzen 3200G
    Motherboard
    MSI B450M PRO-VDH
    Memory
    2 x 8Gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Black M2 SN750 500Gb
    PSU
    Be Quiet 400 semi modular 80+gold
    Case
    Coolermaster Silencio 650
    Cooling
    140mm front, 120 rear Akasa Vegas Chroma AM
    Internet Speed
    21/215
    Browser
    edge/Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD plus Malwarebytes free

bikemanI7

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was thinking of getting external caddy type device, but so far can't afford as yet, but will eventually
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel I7 10700
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B460M_DS3H Rev 1.0
    Memory
    16GB DDR4 2400mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA Geforce 1660 Super
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus VG245H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    M.2 Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB Boot
    Samsung 860 Evo 1TB-Game SSD
    Western Digital Black 4TB Storage Drive

    External
    Western Digital Elements 500GB
    Western Digital My Passport 2TB
    Toshiba 2TB in External Enclosure
    Seagate 8TB in External Enclosure
    PSU
    EVGA G3 650 Watt
    Case
    Thermaltake V200 TG RGB
    Cooling
    Intel Stock CPU Cooler, 3 Front Intake Fans, 1 120 Exhaust in rear of case
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero
    Internet Speed
    Extreme 600Mbps/20Mbps upload
    Browser
    MS Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes Free
    Other Info
    UEFI, Secure Boot, TPM 2.0, Macrium 8 Home Edition

tinmar49

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Sorry, I got your pc muddled up with Dch48's one, looking properly, your Thermaltake is one of the modern style of cases which don't have any front fittings for 5.25 or 3.5 accessories.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    W11 pro beta
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Athlon 3000G
    Motherboard
    Asrock A320M-HDV r4.0
    Memory
    16Gb Crucial DDR4 2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560-1440
    Hard Drives
    WD black SN750 M2 500Gb
    PSU
    400W Novatech semi modular 80+bronze.
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R2
    Cooling
    front 2 x 120mm rear 100mm stock psu
    Internet Speed
    215/21
    Browser
    Firefox and edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Security and free Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    W11 pro 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Ryzen 3200G
    Motherboard
    MSI B450M PRO-VDH
    Memory
    2 x 8Gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    onboard cpu
    Sound Card
    motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Black M2 SN750 500Gb
    PSU
    Be Quiet 400 semi modular 80+gold
    Case
    Coolermaster Silencio 650
    Cooling
    140mm front, 120 rear Akasa Vegas Chroma AM
    Internet Speed
    21/215
    Browser
    edge/Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD plus Malwarebytes free

bikemanI7

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Yeah my case doesn't have any front 5.25 or 3.5 inch area at all, mine is like Plastic glass looking in front of the 3 Intake Fans, and Tempered Glass side Panel

I picked this case out at the local shop in 2020. I should've probably picked one of the Fractual design cases. But those were more cost at the time, so i picked this one lol, intake cooling not the best, but someday may upgrade to airflow optimized case
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel I7 10700
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B460M_DS3H Rev 1.0
    Memory
    16GB DDR4 2400mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA Geforce 1660 Super
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus VG245H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    M.2 Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB Boot
    Samsung 860 Evo 1TB-Game SSD
    Western Digital Black 4TB Storage Drive

    External
    Western Digital Elements 500GB
    Western Digital My Passport 2TB
    Toshiba 2TB in External Enclosure
    Seagate 8TB in External Enclosure
    PSU
    EVGA G3 650 Watt
    Case
    Thermaltake V200 TG RGB
    Cooling
    Intel Stock CPU Cooler, 3 Front Intake Fans, 1 120 Exhaust in rear of case
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero
    Internet Speed
    Extreme 600Mbps/20Mbps upload
    Browser
    MS Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes Free
    Other Info
    UEFI, Secure Boot, TPM 2.0, Macrium 8 Home Edition
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