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Originally Posted by Hexa View Post

Hey guys I've ordered all my pc parts and they should be here by Friday. I'm pretty excited but I have a few questions about steps to take to get ready.

I have a M4 128 gig ssd coming that I want to use as the boot drive. I did not order another reg hard drive b/c they are so expensive right now. What I plan on doing is completely formatting the 1TB drive I have now and simply use it in the new PC. With that I have a couple of questions..

The only thing on the current hard drive I want to keep is my music folders. They are absolutely huge so I'm wondering what the fastest way to save those would be? As of now I'm simply trying to load them all onto thumb drives lol.

Second question, how do I go about completely formatting this drive and having absolutely nothing on it so as that I can make it the secondary drive once my SSD gets here?

Lastly, I've heard that when building a new PC with a SSD drive as a boot drive that it's actually better to ONLY install the SSD when you first build the pc, then after everything is set up go back and place the reg hard drive in. Any truth to this?

Read my guides lol

Make a new partition after shrinking your free space on your current drive.

Originally Posted by importflip View Post


well yea, here:

This is a good way to do a install.
Originally Posted by Hexa View Post

So your saying install Windows onto my SSD, then plug my old hard drive in and format it then?

Once you install the OS on your SSD then pop in the HDD and do this

How to: Use old OS HDD as a data drive after installing a SSD! 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.

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