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Switching hdd to ssd but still want to keep the hdd

My ssd is coming tomorrow. Till now i was running on my hdd. I've got lots of files I want to keep from the hdd that wont fit into the ssd. So here is my question can I use my old hdd as a secondary storage without formating it if it has windows on it?

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Place your old HDD into an ext. HDD USB case. That way nothings to be done other than placing in case. You also safeguard it that way. If you require any s/w or such then you have access to it once connected. After awhile, you find you need the space on it, then you can reformat or delete the partition to regain space. You can remove the the old windows section by using s/w that allows such, more easily. Since its on the ext. USB case that alone can be accessed with greater ease. Just be sure your addressing the proper "X" drive.

tada -----Willy Happy

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you can but

yes you can but it would be better to create a new partition, move the files to the new partition and delete the windows partition. more space for more files.

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Can i do it while installing windows

Would i be able to sort all of that out while installing windows on the ssd or do i have to do it later when i already finished setting the sdd up?

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You can do it later. You must do it later.

If there's only one partition on that hdd, simply delete the folders you don't need any more, such as Users, Windows, Program Files and Program Files (x86), after - if you prefer a clean install of Windows to cloning to old disk - copying files from Users that you might still need (your desktop contents, favorites, documents etc).

If there is more than one partition, it's an option to merge them so you have one big partition to store your data in stead of two smaller.

Post was last edited on August 6, 2019 2:27 AM PDT

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Up to you

If you have access to the OS re-install either in disc or flash drive, proceed with a fresh install. You can also clone the old HD to SD as well using cloning s/w if parameters are meant. In some cases you can use your back-up to start the install as well. Of course you need a recent backup for best result plus the OS install to point to the backup source. Any of these should work.

tada -----Willy Happy

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