I have a desktop PC already set up, containing a small SSD drive which is currently running Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise Edition.
It has been running for several months now, and it is now time to add a second drive for the purposes of bumping up storage capacity dramatically. I do not want to add a second SSD or do any sort of RAID configuration (either 0 or 1) with the existing SSD drive. I want to add a regular, relatively cheap hard drive.
How can I add a second drive to my existing setup and without having to reinstall Windows? What are my options?
My existing SSD drive is fine for running Windows itself, plus a few big apps, (ex. Office). But for installing more apps or simply storing data (ex. MP3s, PDFs) I will need a second, large capacity storage drive.
I am assuming I will be forced to create a new partition on the new hard drive, in that I will not be able to extend the existing partition on the SSD across the new hard drive. My only experience with working with multiple drives on the same machine has been with RAID configurations in which the two (or more) hard drives in question were of the exact same capacity and type. In that specific case, having one partition spread across multiple drives has been possible.
To be clear, I cannot get away with simply using the new hard drive to store basic files (MP3s, PDFs). I will actually need to install applications on to that drive as well (ex. iTunes, Firefox).
I do not know if there is a difference between these two concepts, considering there will be two different physical drives and (I'm assuming) two different partitions -- only one of which contains Windows.