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  1.    14 Aug 2015 #1
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    Upgrade from win 8.1 to win 10 with multiple disk drives?


    Hello all members of the forum,

    Just for precautioun before upgrading, I would like to get fast professional advice if and how is better to move on to the new OS when I have 2 disk drives.
    Disk 0 - C: (ssd 120gb ) here I have all system and hardware software installed including Rockstar Games Social Club.
    Disk 1 - A: (hdd 1tb ) there I have all game files for GTA V, Steam and Origin.

    1)My guestion is if there will be any errors with this kind of disk drive configuration?
    2)If there will be instabilities, can I clean install the new win 10 without losing the data on A: disk and would also able to fully use them on clean windows 10?

    Thanks in advance,
    Martin7R
    Last edited by Martin7R; 14 Aug 2015 at 16:18.
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  2.    14 Aug 2015 #2
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    I had no errors when I upgraded with 5 drives, my Windows sits on the C drive and I have data backups and work files on my F drive and all my Steam games on the H drive and backups on the Z drive and user folders on the D drive.

    If you put your data on the A drive and move your user folders there too you should be able to access them just fine if you have to reinstall Windows again, just point it to where ever you move your user folders to, of course you'll likely have to reinstall the programs themselves that are on the A drive but the data from your game should be fine there since you won't be installing Windows to that drive if you would do a clean install as long as you don't make a mistake and mistakenly install Win to the A drive later on and format it, that would be bad and something which I've done in the past because some of my drives were same GB in size and I wasn't sure which was which so I took a guess.
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  3.    14 Aug 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traijan View Post
    I had no errors when I upgraded with 5 drives, my Windows sits on the C drive and I have data backups and work files on my F drive and all my Steam games on the H drive and backups on the Z drive and user folders on the D drive.

    If you put your data on the A drive and move your user folders there too you should be able to access them just fine if you have to reinstall Windows again, just point it to where ever you move your user folders to, of course you'll likely have to reinstall the programs themselves that are on the A drive but the data from your game should be fine there since you won't be installing Windows to that drive if you would do a clean install as long as you don't make a mistake and mistakenly install Win to the A drive later on and format it, that would be bad and something which I've done in the past because some of my drives were same GB in size and I wasn't sure which was which so I took a guess.
    Thank you for the instant advice, Traijan!
    After reading, I have developed a couple of new guestions:

    1) I have MSI Afterburner installed on C: ( OS disk ), and I have underclock set when windows starts up.I have made this because of GPU errors while gaming.Will this setting work perfectly after upgrading to win 10 ?

    2)When you mentioned about moving files from one drive to another I wondered if it is fully okay to move game files for example from one pc to another to play them - will they play with the same good performance and without errors as in the first pc you have installed the game ?
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  4.    14 Aug 2015 #4
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    I can't answer your first question about Afterburner as while it's installed on my desktop I don't use it.

    As for number 2, it depends on what you are moving. If you are talking about moving the saved game files, from one PC to another, I've done that lots of times between my laptop and desktop and as far as the performance, it depends on the hardware in each PC. For example I move some of my saved games from my desktop to my laptop and they perform better because my laptop is designed to be a gaming laptop and has the game already installed so I am simply dropping the saved game files into the same folder on the laptop as they are on the desktop.

    I have yet to encounter a problem from doing this when it's just the saved game files.

    If on the other hand you're talking about moving whole programs from one PC to another PC then you would likely run into problems since many games require writing info to the Windows registry. So if you simply want to move saved games from one PC to another, then should not be a problem, has never been a problem for me.

    If I were you I'd go check out the MSI forums to see if any users are having issues with Afterburner when upgrading to W10. I've left my laptop at W7 since I know for certain that there are a couple things that need drivers that are not yet available for W10.

    Edit: Always make backups of any important files you don't want to lose.
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  5.    14 Aug 2015 #5
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    If you eventually do a clean custom install most likely need to delete the drive A: and what will happen when install Windows to the SSD other drive is going to need to be initialized as New Volume and you will loose the Drive letter, all can be done in Disk Management after the clean install. Left the drive untouched during clean install do not think what is on it will work then.

    As always need to backup all important file in case of first and need to do upgrade first (before anything remove Anti-Virus software), then you can do clean install afterwards.
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  6.    14 Aug 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    If you eventually do a clean custom install most likely need to delete the drive A: and what will happen when install Windows to the SSD other drive is going to need to be initialized as New Volume and you will loose the Drive letter, all can be done in Disk Management after the clean install. Left the drive untouched during clean install do not think what is on it will work then.

    As always need to backup all important file in case of first and need to do upgrade first (before anything remove Anti-Virus software), then you can do clean install afterwards.
    So what you are saying is that If I were to do a clean install of Windows 10 today, I would lose all the data on my F,G,H,Z drives? Why would the OP need to delete drive A? Isn't W10 like W7 and you can choose which drive to install it on with a clean install and the rest of the drives are fine and will be seen by W10 just as W7 has always done?

    I understand that he'd have to reinstall any programs on the A drive to make them work with a fresh install of an OS but don't quite catch why he'd need to delete the A drive.
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  7.    14 Aug 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    If you eventually do a clean custom install most likely need to delete the drive A: and what will happen when install Windows to the SSD other drive is going to need to be initialized as New Volume and you will loose the Drive letter, all can be done in Disk Management after the clean install. Left the drive untouched during clean install do not think what is on it will work then.

    As always need to backup all important file in case of first and need to do upgrade first (before anything remove Anti-Virus software), then you can do clean install afterwards.
    From which OS you moved to Win 10 and did you choose a clean install or you kept your files and settings?
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  8.    14 Aug 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traijan View Post
    So what you are saying is that If I were to do a clean install of Windows 10 today, I would lose all the data on my F,G,H,Z drives? Why would the OP need to delete drive A? Isn't W10 like W7 and you can choose which drive to install it on with a clean install and the rest of the drives are fine and will be seen by W10 just as W7 has always done?

    I understand that he'd have to reinstall any programs on the A drive to make them work with a fresh install of an OS but don't quite catch why he'd need to delete the A drive.
    I would say to delete those drives if have software especially on them as those programs going to be looking for files that were on the C: Drive(OS) before clean install, be best to delete it during the clean install. Now with you if it is just backup i would leave it of course. Yes clean install is same as Windows 8.1, 7. Not knowing exactly what is on his A: Drive to say, yes he has to do this, only if software or games are on them as these will put files on main drive and cause you to reinstall them anyway to correct them.
    Plus as you also know, backup everything anyway, never know what will go wrong
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  9.    14 Aug 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin7R View Post
    From which OS you moved to Win 10 and did you choose a clean install or you kept your files and settings?
    First i had Windows 8.1 Pro, i upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, then i did a clean install so there is no way to save settings, do your settings after it completes. If talking about upgrade i did first for saving settings ?
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  10.    14 Aug 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    First i had Windows 8.1 Pro, i upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, then i did a clean install so there is no way to save settings, do your settings after it completes. If talking about upgrade i did first for saving settings ?
    So you would say that clean install is better than just upgrading ?
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