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Intel NUC 7i7DNHE boot drive should be 0 or 1?

CNico15
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Hi

I got a new Intel NUC7i7DNHE. I fitted the NUC with an M2 SATA SSD  drive and a normal 2,5 inch SATA SSD drive . Both 500GB. Two questions: which is "drive 0" and which one is "drive 1"? During the installation process I could not know which is one and which is  the other one as both are the same size. On which drive shoul I install windows: on the M2 SATA drive or the other one?

Thank you very much!

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Traditionally, Intel has assigned the SATA0 lane to the 2.5" SATA drive bay and the SATA1 lane to the M.2 connector. This will cause a 2.5" SATA drive to appear ahead of a M.2 SATA SSD.

You want to install Windows onto the SSD; it is the higher performance drive. Leon is correct; the best way to be absolutely sure is to depopulate the 2.5" drive bay while you install Windows onto the SSD.

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LeonWaksman
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Open the bottom cover and disconnect the SATA cable, leaving only M.2 drive connected.
Leon
n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Traditionally, Intel has assigned the SATA0 lane to the 2.5" SATA drive bay and the SATA1 lane to the M.2 connector. This will cause a 2.5" SATA drive to appear ahead of a M.2 SATA SSD.

You want to install Windows onto the SSD; it is the higher performance drive. Leon is correct; the best way to be absolutely sure is to depopulate the 2.5" drive bay while you install Windows onto the SSD.

...S

CNico15
Beginner
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Thank you very much! I thought I will find out which one is the M2 drive without opening the case.

Gclark411
Beginner
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I had the same issue and unplugged my SATA cable and finished the installation. Now I have another issue. I can't seem to figure out how to reinstall the SATA. I can't seem to find any diagram on this. It is a ribbon style with a push down lock. My NUC is a 10i5FNH1. Help?
AlHill
Super User
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You should start a new thread.

 

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