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    @dogdish,
    So again forgive my ignorance, if I read your post correct, does that mean you have Win7 on one HD and Win10 on another and when you want Win7 you just unplug Win10 and plug in Win7?

    If that is correct then this would solve a lot of people's worries about upgrading, have I got that right?

    Col.

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    Not HD drives, but instead NVMe drives. No power or data cables to plug or unplug. Have two of these...

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    On (C:\) WD SN750 250gb, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and (D:\) WD SN750 1Tb, FSX (and all other games).

    On the second adapter have (C:\) WD SN 750 250Gb, Windows 10 Pro. Waiting until FS2020 comes out and prices to drop more on a (D:\) WD SN750 2Tb drive.

    After experiencing the speed and convenience of this quick swap setup, can't go back to HDD's.
    Gigabyte GA-X99 Gaming G1, i7-5960X, Noctua NH-D14, Crucial Ballistix Elite 64gb 2666, Nvidia GTX Titan X, Creative ZxR, Ableconn PEXM2-130, WD Black SN750 NVMe 250Gb and 1Tb, Sony BDU-X10S BD-ROM, PC Power & Cooling 1200w, Cosmos C700M, Logitech M570/K800 Wireless Trackball/Keyboard, Windows 7 64 Ultimate/10 Pro

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    Wow! I must be honest I didn't know these existed, so enlighten me, these NVMe drives, are they in different sizes like a HD for storage?
    If I had an NVMe drive fitted, could I install Windows on it plus other programs, have I got this right?

    Col.

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    Hi Col,

    NVMe drives are just another design type of physical fixed data storage media. First there was Hard Drives (HDD), then Solid State Drives (SSD) and now there is Non-Volatile Memory Express drives (NVMe).

    The same progress has essentially been followed by removal storaage media - 5 1/2 inch floppy disc, 3 1/2 floppy disk, CD/DVD and now USB pen drives.

    See HERE and HERE for basic, easy to understand info on the NVMe format
    Regards

    Brian

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    Currently drive sizes are available in 250Gb, 500Gb, 1Tb and 2Tb.

    Cheapest NVMe drives I've see are Pioneer which I think are made by Crucial.

    Depending on your motherboard...

    You might have M.2 NVMe socket(s) on board and can boot directly from them.

    If not you can get a $25.00 adapter to plug into a open PCIe slot (x4). Some motherboards in this case will not be able to boot from it and only be able to use as a data drive.

    My motherboard had a M.2 slot but only runs at SATA Express speed (About 833Mb /s). The adapters allow the NVMe drives to run at 3.5Gb /s.
    Gigabyte GA-X99 Gaming G1, i7-5960X, Noctua NH-D14, Crucial Ballistix Elite 64gb 2666, Nvidia GTX Titan X, Creative ZxR, Ableconn PEXM2-130, WD Black SN750 NVMe 250Gb and 1Tb, Sony BDU-X10S BD-ROM, PC Power & Cooling 1200w, Cosmos C700M, Logitech M570/K800 Wireless Trackball/Keyboard, Windows 7 64 Ultimate/10 Pro

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    I got in touch with my Grandson who built my PC a couple of years ago, he knows about the NVMe drives.
    Unfortunately my MB won't take them so next year he is going to build me another PC with these on-board.

    Col.

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    After more research on this, rather than buy a new motherboard and go through the building of another PC, I will go the route you took and get an adapter for the NVME.
    I know I will lose a bit of speed but for what I'm doing it won't matter that much.
    I was hoping to make it a boot drive and I saw on YT it is important to unplug any other drives on the PC before installing the NVME.
    Then go in the BIOS and make the necessary adjustments to tell the PC to select it as the boot drive, I will then use my other drives as storage which some are already.

    Col.

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