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Turning master HDD into slave w/o formatting?

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2 years ago#1
I took the plunge and ordered my new parts, but I have a bad record with HDDs dying. I know how to actually hook up my current master HDD as a slave to my coming SSD, but I'm curious about what kind of housekeeping I would need to do to it. Obviously, it's still going to have Windows on it and all the various crap it leaves floating around, so how do I best go about getting it back to pristine shape without having to format the whole thing and lose my games and music. I could move everything I want saved to my external, but the idea of transferring over a TB to my outdated external over USB sounds almost worse than just formatting the damn thing and downloading everything again.
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2 years ago#2
Create a new partition without Windows, move all of your important data to that. Then you only have to format the partition with Windows.
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2 years ago#3
You could just delete the windows folders and be done with it. Otherwise you have to move all your stuff to format the drive.
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2 years ago#4
So, how does that work with programs? When I go to run Steam off of it, is it going to freak out because it's no longer on the master drive, or will it just see that it's now on D:\ and be good to go?
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