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How to: Use old OS HDD as a data drive after installing a new SSD/HDD Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
What is this?
This how you can migrate your data from your old OS HDD into your system once you have reinstalled a new SSD or HDD.
  • If your personal data is backed up to another drive then
    1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
    2. Type list disk, press Enter
    3. Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
    4. Type clean, press Enter
    5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
    6. Type active, press Enter
    7. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
    8. Type assign, press Enter
    9. Type exit, press Enter
  • If you can't save your personal data to another medium you can do...
    Option 1: Okay option
    Once you have windows installed you can usually just delete all the folders on the HDD that are part of the old OS and the ones you don't need. (make sure you delete hidden files and partitions that may be on there as well)
    Option 2: Better option to me, will take longer.
    1. Shrink the old HDD OS partition. (link)
    2. Then make a new partition on the HDD in the free space. (link)
    3. Then move the personal files to the new partition, like you movies, documents, pictures, etc.
    4. Now you may have to keep shrinking and expanding the partitions as you do this depending on how much free space you have on your drive.
    5. When done moving your files delete the older OS partition and the MSR one if it is there too.
    6. Then expand the new partition into the left over free space.
  • Next redirect your user folders to the storage HDD.
    Move user folder locations to Secondary HDD:
    1. Right click your folder (ex. My pictures)
    2. Click Properties
    3. Click the Location tab
    4. Change the destination to your other HDD (ex. D:\Pictures)
      Note 1: Recommended, I do this myself for my user folders (ex. My Documents, My pictures, Desktop, etc.)
      Note 2: If there are two of the same folder in teh User folder after the move (ie. My Documents "A" and My Documents "B") you should delete the empty one located on the C: drive. (May need to go into safe mode to delete it) Do not delete the other User folders, only duplicates that come up after the move within the User folder.
      Note 3: If the folder already exists that you are linking it to you may want to merge the folders.
      Video Tut:

What kind of data does this include?

Please tell me you are joking...blinksmiley.gif

Your files, what ever you want to keep...
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Please tell me you are joking...blinksmiley.gif
Your files, what ever you want to keep...

Well I don't want to be migrating data that I have on my now storage drive (old main drive) to my 64gb SSD. I'll be re installing all my programs freshly, as well as my games and I've already connected my iTunes properly to read from my storage drive. I think my first question was how do I remove the OS files on my storage drive now that I don't need them. Sorry for the confusion. I'm asking because for some I need permission to delete any old system files.
Edit: I think I made a mistake not properly unistalling windows from my old drive. It's asking for permission I don't have. Maybe I can boot from still, since I havent deleted any major files, but since I'm on SSD would I have to go revert back from AHCI mode?
Edited by xxgamxx - 3/16/12 at 12:08pm
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Please tell me you are joking...blinksmiley.gif
Your files, what ever you want to keep...

Well I don't want to be migrating data that I have on my now storage drive (old main drive) to my 64gb SSD. I'll be re installing all my programs freshly, as well as my games and I've already connected my iTunes properly to read from my storage drive. I think my first question was how do I remove the OS files on my storage drive now that I don't need them. Sorry for the confusion. I'm asking because for some I need permission to delete any old system files.

Did you see the steps in my guide that I just posted for you?

That is exactly what you do, you simply keep all the user data on the HDD you have now and rearrange it to how you need...you erase the OLD Install in doing so.

Step # 1. Install the OS on the new SSD with out any other drives plugged in, follow the first and second post in this thread for that.

Next once installation is done do the following:
  • Option 1: Okay option
    Once you have windows installed on your new HDD/SSD you can usually just delete all the folders on the HDD/SSD that are part of the old OS and the ones you don't need. (make sure you delete hidden files and partitions that may be on there as well). If you dont have permissions just boot into safe mode to delete them, if not then a linux live CD. Or go to option 2.

    Option 2: Better option to me, will take longer.
    1. Shrink the old HDD/SSD OS partition. (link)
    2. Then make a new partition on the HDD in the free space. (link)
    3. Then move the personal files to the new partition, like you movies, documents, pictures, etc.
    4. Now you may have to keep shrinking and expanding the partitions as you do this depending on how much free space you have on your drive.
    5. When done moving your files delete the older OS partition and the MSR one if it is there too.
    6. Then expand the new partition into the left over free space.

  • Next redirect your user folders to the storage HDD.
    Move user folder locations to Secondary HDD:
    1. Right click your folder (ex. My pictures)
    2. Click Properties
    3. Click the Location tab
    4. Change the destination to your other HDD (ex. D:\Pictures)
      Note 1: Recommended, I do this myself for my user folders (ex. My Documents, My pictures, Desktop, etc.)
      Note 2: If there are two of the same folder in teh User folder after the move (ie. My Documents "A" and My Documents "B") you should delete the empty one located on the C: drive. (May need to go into safe mode to delete it) Do not delete the other User folders, only duplicates that come up after the move within the User folder.
      Note 3: If the folder already exists that you are linking it to you may want to merge the folders.

      Video Tut:
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Did you see the steps in my guide that I just posted for you?
That is exactly what you do, you simply keep all the user data on the HDD you have now and rearrange it to how you need...you erase the OLD Install in doing so.
Step # 1. Install the OS on the new SSD with out any other drives plugged in, follow the first and second post in this thread for that.
Next once installation is done do the following:
  • Option 1: Okay option
    Once you have windows installed on your new HDD/SSD you can usually just delete all the folders on the HDD/SSD that are part of the old OS and the ones you don't need. (make sure you delete hidden files and partitions that may be on there as well). If you dont have permissions just boot into safe mode to delete them, if not then a linux live CD. Or go to option 2.
    Option 2: Better option to me, will take longer.
    1. Shrink the old HDD/SSD OS partition. (link)
    2. Then make a new partition on the HDD in the free space. (link)
    3. Then move the personal files to the new partition, like you movies, documents, pictures, etc.
    4. Now you may have to keep shrinking and expanding the partitions as you do this depending on how much free space you have on your drive.
    5. When done moving your files delete the older OS partition and the MSR one if it is there too.
    6. Then expand the new partition into the left over free space.
  • Next redirect your user folders to the storage HDD.
    Move user folder locations to Secondary HDD:
    1. Right click your folder (ex. My pictures)
    2. Click Properties
    3. Click the Location tab
    4. Change the destination to your other HDD (ex. D:\Pictures)
      Note 1: Recommended, I do this myself for my user folders (ex. My Documents, My pictures, Desktop, etc.)
      Note 2: If there are two of the same folder in teh User folder after the move (ie. My Documents "A" and My Documents "B") you should delete the empty one located on the C: drive. (May need to go into safe mode to delete it) Do not delete the other User folders, only duplicates that come up after the move within the User folder.
      Note 3: If the folder already exists that you are linking it to you may want to merge the folders.
      Video Tut:

Sorry, I did not read the safe mode part, Must have skipped over it. As for the shrinking, I just didn't see how that could possibly delete files that I dont have permission to. Then I realized it's sort of a like incremental wipes, right?
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Sorry, I did not read the safe mode part, Must have skipped over it. As for the shrinking, I just didn't see how that could possibly delete files that I dont have permission to. Then I realized it's sort of a like incremental wipes, right?

You shrink the OS partition down as small as you can make it.

You make sure all your data you want to save is on the newer partition you just made.

Once you are done moving the data and shrinking that old OS partition you are going to simply delete it. No permissions are needed. No security warnings or anything, just delete.

I like this way to adjust my partitions better than the disk management console btw.
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

Once deleted you can then expand the partition to the max size.
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lol, it is step #1! lachen.gif

Lol, i now know what i did. Yes it was step 1 and yes i did do your guide cover to cover and that was the problem! lol
I switched OFF Hiber,
Then proceded to Shrink it to 50% after switching it off and cos i have 24GB of RAM that is 12GB file! lol,
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Sorry, I did not read the safe mode part, Must have skipped over it. As for the shrinking, I just didn't see how that could possibly delete files that I dont have permission to. Then I realized it's sort of a like incremental wipes, right?

Shrinking the OS partition means removing free space.
So if you have 100GB drive and windows takes up 40GB, you want to remove 50GB of free space leaving you with a new total of 50GB Operating system partition. You don't touch the files. You can shrink the size of the hibernation and restore point as well to create more space but again these are not your files.

You do that to fit the SSD you want to migrate to. So if you have a 60GB SSD you cant move the original 100GB partition, shrinking it to 50GB will now fit on the new smaller 60GB SSD.
Again you don't actually touch any of the system files.

When you do touch the system files it is when you are backing up or cloning/migrating.
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So I got to this point, and decided just to format.
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Deciding whether to use my M4 as a smart response drive or as a boot drive...suggestions?
    
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Sean first, thank you for your time and knowledge. I appreciate it very much. I went step by step through your guide. form installing 7 pro to the maintenance part. this is on a crucial M4
So my problem is i cannot load BF3 anymore. It just hangs in the joining server mode in battlelog. I researched alot and i did see a few areas where people where talking about the regedit. but they were changing destinations and stuff. will me following that step to disable it cause this problem?


thank you for any feed back. i appreciate this.
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