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Windows 10 - How to partition/format a new Laptop SSD

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Hi:
I've never done this on Windows 10. I just installed a samsung 2TB SSD.

Should I create a:
New Simple volume,
Spanned Volume,
New Striped Volume,
New Mirrored Volume or
New RAID-5 Volume?

Please tell me about other settings I should know about/change.
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I'd wipe it out and start again since all those options means you have it set up as a dynamic disk and basic disk would be better. You don't have to really start from scratch, since it is new just right click on it and select to convert to basic.
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This is an additional drive I purchased.
I already have an SSD with my O/S loaded.
This is just for data.

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i would keep it dynamic. you may wish to add a second drive to mirror the first one some day. the cost of a dynamic disk is nil and actually, dynamic disks are properly aligned while simple ones not always.

creating one or multiple partitions is a matter of personal choice. unless you expect to use different formatting options, there is no real need.
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What happens if the laptop fails and they want to put the disk into a USB caddy for quick access to the data? Just one of the downsides of dynamic disks. Dynamic disks really can be a nightmare, see https://www.diskpart.com/dynamic-disk/dynamic-disk-unreadable.html for example.

Also pretty unlikely they have room in a laptop to add another disk plus converting from basic to dynamic takes seconds if they really need it.
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