Help- Adding HDD


  1. Posts : 2
    windows 10
       #1

    Help- Adding HDD


    I have and existing 128mb sdd. It operates boot and system.
    i want to add(and have) a 3 tb hdd and copy the information on the ssd on to it BUT i want to keep the ssd being the boot and system drive. I am adding the hdd as back up to the ssd and add games, pics etc to it.
    When i read on net it keeps saying "clone" always which it says will make the new hdd the boot drive and may always have boot problems. I DONT want this, I want the operating system on the hdd only as a back up if the ssd dies.
    Help....
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  2. Posts : 346
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Just copying it over to the new drive want make it bootable or useful to restore if your SSD dies. You need to use something like Macrium Reflect Free,

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    and image the drive. Then in the event of an OS drive failure you can use the Reflect rescue media (USB thumb drive) to restore the image to a new drive.
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  3. Posts : 27,656
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #3

    Hi Cedros898. Welcome to TenForums @Cedros898

    Lots to digest in that post.

    First to address having a backup of your boot drive. Use an Imaging tool to create a compressed Image of your drive. If you need it you can then "Restore" it to the SSD. Using your very large HDD you could create a folder and keep multiple copies based on a schedule run of the backup.

    So every week you run backup to this folder and keep say five copies. (all driven by the tool)

    I recommend Macrium Reflect but there are lots of tools out there.The Macrium software is free and is a reliable method to restore your Windows installation to a working state, be it bad update, bad storage drive or finger error.

    With any Imaging tool, create and test the rescue (boot) media. Part of the test is the booting to the program and the second part is to ensure you can navigate to your Images (backups).

    I backup regularly and keep several versions allowing me to go back in time. If your data is part of your Windows partition you do have to account for the fact that a restoration will overwrite data.

    I keep my data in a separate partition (drive) because of this much as you are suggesting you will do with your HDD.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect


    Next you said you wanted your data on the HDD. We have a series of tutorials to move your data. They must be followed very carefully not to mess up system. The tutorial suggests making an image before trying. I say series as there is a tutorial for documents, music, downloads etc. You find links at the bottom of a tutorial.

    Move Location of Documents Folder in Windows 10

    Some members suggest just handling this yourself. That is you create a folder on HDD and then copy and paste your whatever files into it. From that point on when saving you save to that folder. I like the move method but you have to follow tutorial closely.
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  4. Posts : 17,349
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    What I do on my second HDDs is create a small FAT32 partition at the end of the drive for a rescue drive. Then I copy the contents of the desired rescue ISO file to that partition. It could be Macrium Reflect rescue, Kyhi's rescue drive, Windows 10 setup, etc. My SSD is set to boot first in UEFI so the computer always boots right into my normal Windows installation. But if the SSD or OS on the SSD was to crash, I can boot the computer from the rescue partition I created on the second HDD and restore the OS from the image saved on my large data NTFS partition that fills the rest of the HDD. R: drive below is my rescue partition:

    Help- Adding HDD-capture.jpg

    Help- Adding HDD-capture1.jpg
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  5. Posts : 4,413
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #5

    NavyLCDR said:
    What I do on my second HDDs is create a small FAT32 partition at the end of the drive for a rescue drive. Then I copy the contents of the desired rescue ISO file to that partition. It could be Macrium Reflect rescue, Kyhi's rescue drive, Windows 10 setup, etc. My SSD is set to boot first in UEFI so the computer always boots right into my normal Windows installation. But if the SSD or OS on the SSD was to crash, I can boot the computer from the rescue partition I created on the second HDD and restore the OS from the image saved on my large data NTFS partition that fills the rest of the HDD.
    That's actually a nifty idea. Thanks.

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  6. Posts : 2
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I am not the brightest bulb..


    I have included an attachment of my existing ssd which a diff. person set up.
    Im totally confused on about the partitions. I simply want to copy all the information on this sdd to one partition on new hdd (including windows 10 system and boot).Not sure if this is proper or even smart. Then I want to load a bunch of pics, music, etc on to the hdd as well. Maybe the original ssd is not even set up properly with partitions. So sorry im so daft.
    Salutations to fellow Albertans and others and thanks for the help...
    Help- Adding HDD Attached Files
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  7. Posts : 27,656
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #7

    Your original SSD looks fine although I may ask why there are two recovery partitions.

    My post outlined the steps to take to achieve what you are looking for. You will not be able to boot from the HDD but you will be able to restore your environment from the HDD to a new boot drive (ssd or hdd)
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  8. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #8

    You have 3 smallish partitions (all under 1 GB) and 1 big one called "Data", apparently all on a single 128 GB drive. SSD I guess.

    I can't see your drive letters in the pic, but "Data" is presumably C.

    "Data" has about 20 GB free.

    You could clone (copy) or image (restore) all of that to a new hard drive.

    But I'd guess most would suggest you leave Windows and applications on the SSD and move ONLY data to the HDD--assuming your data storage needs will shortly exceed the capacity of the existing SSD. I guess that's probably why you think you need a new drive.
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  9. Posts : 1,495
    Win10 Pro
       #9

    NavyLCDR said:
    What I do on my second HDDs is create a small FAT32 partition at the end of the drive for a rescue drive. Then I copy the contents of the desired rescue ISO file to that partition. It could be Macrium Reflect rescue, Kyhi's rescue drive, Windows 10 setup, etc. My SSD is set to boot first in UEFI so the computer always boots right into my normal Windows installation. But if the SSD or OS on the SSD was to crash, I can boot the computer from the rescue partition I created on the second HDD and restore the OS from the image saved on my large data NTFS partition that fills the rest of the HDD. R: drive below is my rescue partition:
    All of my desktop PCs have at least 2 additional SSDs with a Macrium drive on one and Kyhiís on the other. Makes me sleep better at night.
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