Windows 10: SSD installed successfully-what to do with HDD

  1. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro 1803
       11 May 2018 #1

    SSD installed successfully-what to do with HDD

    After a week spent (reluctantly) performing BIOS updates, downloading and installing 1803 for Win 10 Pro and tweaking USB functions I was able to clone a Samsung 860 EVO 1tb 2.5 inch drive from a 1tb Toshiba HDD that came with Dell desktop.

    The easiest and simplest method to connect the replacement SSD to the motherboard was to re-use the power and data cables and physically remove the HDD. Now I am informed removing the HDD was an error...the drive was working and could easily have been left in place and re-used or re-purposed for other functions. Admittedly, it now does seem to be a waste of working hardware to place the HDD in a plastic bag and leave same in a storage locker.

    A few additional/extra SATA cables are available but I have no idea of the steps necessary to re-install and re-use the HDD. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
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    Posts : 24
    Multiboot: Win10 Pro x64, 8.1WMC, Win7
       11 May 2018 #2

    Just plug it in and boot. Your PC will boot off the SSD. You can format and partition after booting
    Was there one partition on the Tosh?
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  3.    12 May 2018 #3

    Reinstall the HDD and use it for storing large user files you dont want on the SSD and backups. I have a SSD with partition C: and a HDD with partitions D: and X:.

    The Windows OS and programs are on C: and my user files on D:. I use X: for automated Macrium Reflect backups of the OS partitions and D:. I also do Reflect backups to a removable HDD.
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  4. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro 1803
    Thread Starter
       12 May 2018 #4

    doctorwizz: Thanks! I thought the re-install would be far more complicated.

    Steve C: Perfect! You provided a roadmap for exactly what I hope to accomplish.
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