How To Use A SSD And HDD Together

How To Use A SSD And HDD Together? – Easy Solution [2023]

We observed that people are asking for one thing, How to use a SSD and HDD together in their system? So, we came with an answer and a lot more about the same thing for you in this article. We will also give you a piece of basic knowledge on what SSD or HDD is, in this blog and let you know how to use a SSD and HDD together on the computer windows operating system.

What is HDD?

A Hard Disk Drive is a data storage device that uses magnetic storage to store and retrieve digital information and data files using one or more rigid rapidly rotating disks put in the magnetic material.

The platters are padded with magnetic heads, usually arranged on a moving actuator arm that reads and writes data on the platter surfaces. Data is accessed in random-access memory, meaning the individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially. STDs are a type of non-volatile storage, used for retaining store data files even when powered off. It was introduced by IBM in 1956. HCDs became the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers by the early 1960s.

More than 200 companies have produced HDDs historically. Though after extensive industry, consolidation most current units are manufactured by Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital.

What is SSD?

SSDs use flash memory which involves no moving parts. Flash memory is much faster than disk-based memory, but it comes with a higher cost. SSDs clearly fall in middle between RAM and hard drives when it comes to speed and size. They are ten times faster than hard drives, while still being ten times slower than RAM. 

Can I Use SSD and HDD at the Same Time?

If you want to know the answer in just a simple word, it will be “ABSOLUTELY YES”. Using SSD and HDD at the same time is an excellent idea and economical also. SSD-based memory took less time to transfer files and the consumption of power is less. Because SSDs are more expensive, lot of people cannot afford a large capacity of SSD, for them, this is a brilliant idea. If someone installs all applications and OS into the SSD and stores other documents and data in HDD, it will increase the performance of the system in less money. Nowadays, a lot of laptops also come with both SSD and HDD preinstalled in the market also.

Is It Better to Have Both SSD and HDD?

Yes, having SSD and HDD both are better. If you are building a gaming PC in which you have to store large games or you see movies a lot, you will always need large storage. Using an SSD to store that kind of thing, maybe can hurt your pocket a little or maybe more. But if you use SSD and HDD at the same time in your system, you will get more advantages. 

There are basically 3 advantages to using SSD and HDD together. Those are: –

  • This option is economic.
  • If you store the OS and applications into the SSD, you will get the best experience you can have on a system that has only an SSD. 
  • Whenever you need a backup, your traditional HDD is always there for you, so no risk of losing your data.

How to Use A SSD and HDD Together in Laptop/ same PC Windows 10

Now, you will be able to know how you can use HDD and SSD together in your system. So we will discuss some steps by following which you will be able to use SSD and HDD together into your system ideally!

Use SSD as a BOOT Drive

Basically people use SSD storage drive because it has it’s own advantages improve SSD’s performance due to fast loading speed that is why installing OS of ISO file in the same space will help a lot. You have to use a USB flash drive by any minitool partition wizard or rufus, this type of data recovery tool. If should have enough free space in the USB drive.

If you want to use both an SSD and HDD together you have to consider your SSD as a BOOT drive. You have to install windows Operating System into the SSD, which will enhance the performance by enhancing the booting up speed shutting down speed windows element launching and responding speed.

If you are building a new PC, then you can do it by fresh installation. Or, if you have an old PC and your install OS is already installed in HDD then you have to do this with the migrate OS. 

Install OS on SSD by Fresh Install

The following steps will help you to install windows OS.

Step 1: You have to run and install the windows media creation tool in the system. Now, accept all the terms and conditions. Next, you have to select “Create Installation Media” on the given interface and then, click on Next.

Step 2: Plug the Windows installation disk into the PC and turn off the system. Now, replace the existing HDD with SSD.

Step 3: Now, you have to turn on your PC and press the specific key to BOOT into the BIOS and now you have to change BOOT order to BOOT from the installation disk.

Step 4: After completing the loading you have to verify the time language and currency format and also keyboard and input method. Then, you just have to click Next->install now.

Step 5: Now enter in “Windows Product Key or license key” and activate it after installation. 

Step 6: The interface will ask you “which type of installation do you want?” You have to select “Custom: installation Windows only”.

Step 7: Finally, select your SSD to install Windows 10 and click on Next. 

Install OS on SSD system disk by migrate windows OS

Step 1: Open Minitool Partition Wizard, go to the “Migrate OS”. Next, you have to select install SSD or traditional Hard Drive as the destination disk and click on Next.

Step 2: After checking the warning, you have to hit “Continue”. The partitions and the data of the dick you targeted will be deleted.  You have to take a backup before for that. 

Step 3: Then just click on Proceed to start the migration process of OS.

Enable TRIM Feature.

Press “Windows key + X” to open the power user menu. Then you have to select the Command prompt. Next, you have to just type 

fsutil behavior set 

DisableDeleteNotify 0

And press Enter and TRIM future will be enabled. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How To Use A SSD And HDD Together FAQ

How do I optimize my SSD and HDD combo?

Ans: By setting up your defrag SSD as a BOOT drive you can use SSD and defrag HDD in an optimal way. 

How do I combine SSD and HDD?

Ans: You can combine SSD and HDD by making the SSD as a boot drive and using HDD for data storing like films and documents and other personal things.

Are SSD and HDD a good combo?

Ans: Yes, SSD and HDD are a really good and economic combo if you use the SSD as a BOOT drive. 

SSD or HDD? And are the HDD still worth it in 2023?

Ans: SSD is always a better choice in 2023. HDD is worth in 2023 but not a reliable option as the boot drive.


Now we already know about how to use an SSD and HDD together in a PC and whether using both, new SSD drive and Hard Drive is beneficial for a user or not. We have mentioned all the processes in detail and also discussed the pros and cons in this article. So if you feel that this is useful then please let us know in the comment section below.

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