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Windows 7: SSD Now Running - Need to plug in HDD

14 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
SSD Now Running - Need to plug in HDD

I am now successfully running Windows 7 Pro! My prior problem had me in a pickle. I needed to unplug my data drives(2-HDDs) from my MB as my SSD was crashing fast and hard. I now need to plug them back in. And, now knowing which SATA ports to use, I think the rig will run better. So, here is my question: how do I make sure that when plugging into the MB, the HDD doesn't lose any data from the prior set-up? HDD-1 is the primary data drive. Shouldn't I be able to "mount" it and read the data? I am planning on moving the data to some external HDDs, reformat the HDDs and then put the user data files back in HDD-1.


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14 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lewiedude View Post
how do I make sure that when plugging into the MB, the HDD doesn't lose any data from the prior set-up? HDD-1 is the primary data drive. Shouldn't I be able to "mount" it and read the data? I am planning on moving the data to some external HDDs, reformat the HDDs and then put the user data files back in HDD-1.
Shouldn't be a problem at all.

Just shut down, turn off PC completely, connect the drives, and reboot.

They should be recognized automatically, and you can then get whatever data you want from them.

If they are not recognized, you may have to fiddle around in Disk Management or the BIOS, but that's not likely.
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14 Apr 2012   #3
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Did you do a new install of windows to the SSD? You would need to tell the OS where to find your User files again.
Was the data on HDD1 corrupted?
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