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1 year ago#1
I have a WDC Black 1TB-HDD and my 2tb-hdd and 240 SSD just got here.

How do I install Win7 but keep my data?

Thank you.
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1 year ago#2
Install the OS on the new SSD and slave your other two hard drives.
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1 year ago#3
juscallmeehx posted...
Install the OS on the new SSD and slave your other two hard drives.


How do I slave them?
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Duck Butter
1 year ago#4
The best thing you can do is to physically disconnect the two hard drives, install the SSD, install Windows, then once you're all up and running, reconnect the two hard drives. They will appear as secondary drives in Windows.
One thing that may trip you is your hard drive priority setting in the BIOS. If your BIOS sees your old hard drive is back and gives it back its old priority (superseding the new SSD), your computer may attempt to boot to the old HDD instead of SSD. In order to avoid that, once you have the HDD(s) reinstalled, go into the BIOS right away and check the hard drive priority setting (which is usually separate from the boot device order) and make sure the SSD is first.

Once in Windows, if the drives don't appear, just do Start | Run | diskmgmt.msc and see if they have to be reactivated there.
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1 year ago#5
Then remember to delete the old windows partition on your old HDD.
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1 year ago#6
Shub posted...
The best thing you can do is to physically disconnect the two hard drives, install the SSD, install Windows, then once you're all up and running, reconnect the two hard drives. They will appear as secondary drives in Windows.
One thing that may trip you is your hard drive priority setting in the BIOS. If your BIOS sees your old hard drive is back and gives it back its old priority (superseding the new SSD), your computer may attempt to boot to the old HDD instead of SSD. In order to avoid that, once you have the HDD(s) reinstalled, go into the BIOS right away and check the hard drive priority setting (which is usually separate from the boot device order) and make sure the SSD is first.

Once in Windows, if the drives don't appear, just do Start | Run | diskmgmt.msc and see if they have to be reactivated there.


this is what i did, was a pain in the butt to take ownership of my old drives though
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