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Windows 7: New SSD drive but not sure what I can do with old SSD

2 Weeks Ago   #1
steveeyes

windows 7
 
 
New SSD drive but not sure what I can do with old SSD

My current drive C is a 120GB SSD drive with windows 7 installed. I'm getting a new 1TB SSD for drive C to replace my current drive.


I will probably move my 120GB drive to another slot and make it drive D.


My question is, do I have to remove windows 7 from my 120GB if I make it drive D. My gut says I don't have to remove windows but I wanted to be sure.


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Your gut is correct. It could be used as something to boot into if your new install has major issues some time in the future.

Some people clone their installation to second hard drive as a backup for the same reason.
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

It's good to have Windows and programs on a small SSD and and move C:\users to another drive (D:\users).
The main advantage is that you can do a clean install without loosing your data and settings.

To move C:\users to D:\users use Kari tutorial. If you interest I can guide you.
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1 Week Ago   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Would the two windows eventually clash?
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1 Week Ago   #5
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

RolandJS
No, no clash, do mine that way! You can dual boot also, yes I do mine that way too!
Then, if I wish, I delete quite a bit & keep the library folders structure, etc. making it data only.
Nope won't boot if you really strip it.
Bill
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1 Week Ago   #6
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by steveeyes View Post
My current drive C is a 120GB SSD drive with windows 7 installed. I'm getting a new 1TB SSD for drive C to replace my current drive.
I will probably move my 120GB drive to another slot and make it drive D.
My question is, do I have to remove windows 7 from my 120GB if I make it drive D. My gut says I don't have to remove windows but I wanted to be sure.
I know there must be exceptions, but, what decides which HD of several installed drives will boot the PC, depends on the Bios and the number of the SATA port that a drive is plugged into.
Typically, the bios will boot the PC from the drive on Port 0 (zero) on the motherboard.

I have five HD's mounted inside my Mid-Tower Case, (two SSD's and three spinners) and each one can boot up the PC. But to eliminate the possibility of a logic log jam, and one OS messing with another one, I only plug in the drive I want to work with. I know, that probably sounds overly simplistic, but what the hey.... It works for me.
And, (old railroad saying) "never the trains shall meet".

And, for storage, and backups, I use external HD's, on a USB 3.0 port. I have a 1TB Toshiba drive, and an 8TB Seagate drive, and also a 128GB PNY Flash Drive.
I really try to 'Practice what I preach'. (Backup! Backup! Backup!)


I'm not immune to HD crashes....heaven only knows, I've had my share. But in decades, I've not lost one BIT of data, due to a very aggressive Backup regimen.

I envy you that new SSD. They really ARE fast! I have four of them, in three different PC's, and they are all the 128GB variety. Big enough for everyday computing.

Happy Thanksgiving Mate!
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