How to install and configure the WD Black SN750 1TB M.2 PCI-e SSD
I have been building PC’s since I was 13, but this was back in the time before the internet was really wide spread so I had no guidance. I learned through trial and error, expensive trial and error at that. In this chapter though, I hope to help those that might not know how to install an M.2 drives and help you gain your own confidence.
In this video, I show you guys how to install the WD Black SN750 1TB M.2 PCI-e SSD.
Where you saw me install the M.2 SSD was directly under the PCI-e slot where the video card goes, where you would think it gets really hot. The EVGA Z390 Dark motherboard brings 2 thermal pads, but for the purposes of this review I did not install them so that we can see just how hot the card gets.
With the EVGA RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming video card installed, I circled where the WD Black would be, yeah directly under a very hot spot. I will go into the temps a little later in this review.
Pretty simple right and VERY quick but if you have never done it before, I completely understand how it can be scary, but hopefully I have helped.
So not every would want to install Windows 10 on it, you might want to use it as a storage drive, and don’t worry I will go over that now.
To set it up as a secondary drive, you would still want to review the first video on where we installed the drive onto the motherboard. The pictures below are not using this drive, but the method is the same.
First, right click on the Start button on the bottom left hand corner and click “Disk Management”.
I have a few drives, but towards the bottom you will see Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 and Disk 3. Notice that Disk 0, 1 and 3 all state that have information on them, and also state that they have some partition, to make it easy also they are lined in blue.
The legend on the bottom left hand corner also provides that information.
The 3rd drive, Disk 2 has a black line over it and reads “Unallocated” which means there are no partitions and no data written on it, its blank. Let’s fix that.
Right click on the “Unallocated” space and you will see a drop down as shown above, click “New Simple Volume”
Once you do, you will start the “New Simple Volume Wizard”, just click “Next” here.
On this second screen, if you want to make multiple partitions, you will want to change the size you are making this partition (size of the drive) but if want to use the entire drive as one partition, just click “Next”
Here you can choose the drive letter you would like this partition to become, then click “Next”
On this screen, you can choose the partitions, Allocation unit size, Volume label, if you would like to quick format it and/or enable file and folder compression.
For Windows, you are mostly going to want to be using NTFS as the file system. Allocation unit size, it is probably safe to keep the default size unless you want to get down to specifics with the block sizes and tweaking performance to a grain of salt. Volume Label is the name of the drive, in this example I will name it “GAMES”.
Perform a quick format will take seconds to format the drive to appear as a blank drive so you can fill it up, if you uncheck it, you will be waiting for hours for this drive to get formatted/cleared.
“Enable file and folder compression” is a horrible trade off option. In essence, you will save space (not sure exactly how much) by having your data compressed all of the time and when the data is needed, it will need to decompressed before it can become fully utilizable. Because of the speed of today’s CPU’s, the time is little to nothing, you may not notice it but still, I never touch this option.
When you are done reading all of this, you can click “Next”
Once you click “Next” the process begins formatting/clearing your drive getting it ready for use. This takes only a few seconds but while this is occurring, you can click “Finish”.
When you are done, your “Disk Management” screen will look something like this, with all blue stripes.
Now if you open up “Computer”, you will find your newly formatted drive. I circled it above, remember I named it “GAMES”. She’s all yours but now let’s move on to the performance.
For performance, I will be benchmarking 4 drives in total, of course the WD Black SN750 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD being one of them. Let’s move on to the next chapter, Benchmarking and comparing the WD SN750 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD.