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Old Hard Drive into Slave Drive

by rwilsonross / November 2, 2012 5:14 AM PDT

I have the general knowledge on how to do this, but I just want to clarify.

I'm currently installing a new hard drive as the main booting hard drive. My old one is just 2.5 yrs old and is running slower etc.

I'd like to just use my old one for music and tv show storage. Is there a faster way to do this instead of reformatting the whole thing and redownloading those files? Can I delete everything else except the files?

However, if there's anything undesirable on the hard drive I guess re formatting the thing is the safest option, if not the fastest...

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No. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2012 5:28 AM PDT

There's a nagging problem right at the get go. Where is the backup copy? If you were wanting to keep this stuff around, you would have quick formatted it and then copied it in from backup. Since you didn't do that, this must be files that can get lost without feeling loss.

So no. The safe way is still best.

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Back Up
by rwilsonross / November 2, 2012 11:01 AM PDT
In reply to: No. Here's why.

Everything is backed up... see we moved house... and now I cannot for the life of me find my external hard drive... ANYWHERE!

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Then go with the delete folders yoiu want go method.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2012 12:08 PM PDT
In reply to: Back Up

Until there is a backup, pretty safe.

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