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So I added an internal hdd to my already running system about a year ago, and have all of my Steam files, music, movies, pics, blah, blah, blah on it, and my OS and program files on the other hdd. Would it be possible to backup what I want to the Media HDD, unplug it from my MB, upgrade to W7 64bit from Vista 32bit, plug back in the Media HDD and still be able to use/access my files? Now I realize that some programs are going to have to be changed for their 64bit counterparts so that is not an issue for me, but what about my Steam files? Will the new 64bit system even recognize my backup media hdd (that was created with a 32bit system)? I just want to get some facts before I start in. Thanks in advance....best answers get +Rep.
 
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Yeah you should be alright. If you mean that you go from vista 32bit to w7 64-bit the hard drive will work normally
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Here is what I would do:
1. Move all your media (music, movies, pics, documents, etc) to the external HDD.
2. Move all the install files for your Steam games from your internal HDD to the external HDD using this. Don't bother with the rest of your programs, just write up a list of the programs you have installed.
3. Format/install Windows 7, etc.
4. Install all of your programs (you'll probably find 64bit versions for half of them).
5. Move all of your media/games back to your internal HDD.
6. If you want your Steam library back on your internal HDD, install Steam Mover on your new OS and move all the games right back.
7. ????
8. Profit.

Your new OS will have no problem recognizing the external HDD or any of the files located on it.

Edit:
Your Steam games should work just fine with the new OS, 32bit programs are compatible with a 64bit OS.

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I don't have an external hdd, just two internal, but essentially that is what I'm asking- if the "media" hdd will be recognized by the 64bit OS. It seems, by your answers, it will so.....question answered, and thank you both very much.
 
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