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The start of customizing my NUC

Today I will be discussing the start of customizing my NUC8i7HVK

My start as in most cases was slow as I had purchased a Seagate Firecuda 2TB 2.5 inch drive.  This was connected to a USB3.0-SATA adaptor.  This failed on connection to my NUC as Windows 10 recognized that there was a drive but could not initialize it or format.  Under W10 there are two types of initialization,

MBR – Master Boot Record (MBR) disks use the standard BIOS partition table.

GPT -GUID Partition Table (GPTdisks use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). One advantage of GPT disks is that you can have more than four partitions on each disk. GPT is also required for disks larger than two terabytes (TB).

Since my drive was 2TB I needed GPT and for whatever reason my NUC could not do either one.  It kept erroring out.  So what I had to do was take this setup to a laptop to get it to format.  It did, but when I returned the formatted drive to my NUC to complete the setup my NUC would error out again that my drive was write protected.  So I proceeded to search online for software that would do my bidding.

The software I was able to use was MiniTool Partition Wizard   it did the trick.  So now I used this same software to partition the 2TB drive to give me two 1TB partitions.  So now my NUC has a grand total of 4TB of storage.  (2 1TB NVMe and 1 2TB HD)

My next task is to mount this drive internally.  So stay tuned as this will be a challenge.

Parts list

  • Seagate 2Tb Firecuda Drive – Amazon
  • USB 3.0 to SATA 2.0 PCB Board/Adapter – Amazon

USB 3.0 to SATA 2.0 PCB Board/Adapter