05-07-2012 09:05 PM
If the drive is uninitialized (which is the case for any new drive that has not been formatted at all), then it will not appear in Windows Explorer as it has no partitions. In Windows you go to Disk Management to intialize a disk, partition it, and create a new volume.
This thread has a nice little guide to how to intialize a drive (second post).
You want to choose MBR. You can use GPT as a data disk, but you can't boot off of it (future computers will. It's a bit too advanced for our measly technology).
This is done everytime you connect a fresh drive to a WIndows computer, so you might want to remember this for whenever you buy new drives (HDD or SSD).
If it doesn't show up in Disk Management then it's probably an incompatible/defective piece. In that case return it and go get a new/different one. The Intel 310 is going to work for sure, and there are several good ones out there as the tech has matured. Try newegg:
05-08-2012 05:11 AM
"If it doesn't show up in Disk Management then it's probably an incompatible/defective piece. In that case return it and go get a new/different one."
This is what I was looking for. I had gone to the Disk Management but there was nothing showing up so I wasn't sure if I had to toggle something else on somewhere else. Does the devices need to be in a specific boot order in the y560 bios or anything?
Thanks for the help, my first attempt with the SSD's....
08-22-2012 12:51 PM
06-30-2013 11:29 AM
If you have a large (>32GB) and good quality (mostly intel) mSATA ( NOT mPCIE. The two only share the same plug, but have different wiring)., then put the entire operating system on it. Rapiddrive has software overhead and it's simpler and thus faster to have windows on the SSD and data files on the hard drive.