Safe to remove main HD and boot with another?

  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Safe to remove main HD and boot with another?

    Question: I'm on a desktop. Can I safely remove my current HD which has my current working Win10 and connect a new HD and do a fresh install of Win10 on it for troubleshooting some USB 3.0 issues I'm having? After which I would then go back to connecting my main HD.
    This won't mess up my Windows installation, right?

    I always tremble when I have to deal with having to even remotely 'touch' anything having to do with booting because of bad past experiences (you know, NTLDR, BOOTMGR missing, etc....).
    And I'd rather not mess around with a dual boot, since it's totally unnecessary because after my troubleshooting, I'll never use that other HD again, I'll just erase that fresh Win10 installation. (and I've had many dual boot issues before as well so...)

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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Yes, you can do that with no issues.
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  3. Posts : 32,287
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    As above you should not have any issues.
    Having a Microsoft account is your backup in case you encounter any unexpected problems.
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  4. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, that's reassuring! I've also bookmarked that page about re-activating my licence, just in case.
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