1.    17 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    8.1 64 bit

    Question on upgrading data retention


    As I contemplate taking the upgrade offer, to upgrade from 8.1 to 10, I have been doing some reading here in regards to the upgrade process. Since I am not changing out motherboard, I would prefer to try the upgrade first rather than the pain of a clean install.

    Anyway, I have 4 physical drives, one of which has three partitions. Two SSD's ( One has Windows and programs, the other games), and two hard disks that have data on them.

    I guess my thinking is, by doing the upgrade route, it will preserve everything that I have installed for Windows 10, like all my games along with their settings.
    Now in reading the Windows 10 Upgrade installation tutorial thread in the forum, is states:

    2.
    Temporarily disconnect all non OS hard drives until Windows installation has finished. This is to avoid Windows Setup from installing files on other hard drives by mistake.
    So I was thinking I could just leave everything connected as is, and the upgrade would retain the appropriate drives and data on them. By disconnecting, how is it going to do that?
    Or is this referring more to doing a clean install? I know whenever I do a new system build, or replace the motherboard, that is what I do, just have the C drive connected.

    Thanks for any tips, just trying to wrap my head around everything in preparation for when I do the upgrade.
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  2.    17 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    From my experience I never have unconnected my secondary drive(HDD) when I update the OS on my primary(SSD) and I've never encountered any issues with the drive and the data on it. When done the data and drives are there and the letters that were assigned are the same.

    Just my experience,,
    Jeff
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  3.    17 Dec 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    From my experience I never have unconnected my secondary drive(HDD) when I update the OS on my primary(SSD) and I've never encountered any issues with the drive and the data on it. When done the data and drives are there and the letters that were assigned are the same.

    Just my experience,,
    That is kind of what I was thinking as well. Certainly I will have full recent backups of all my data stored on an external hard drive, just in case something should happen with the data on any of those drives. But I was thinking it should retain the drives along with the drive letters and data on them.

    Thanks,
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  4.    17 Dec 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Quote Originally Posted by dburne View Post
    That is kind of what I was thinking as well. Certainly I will have full recent backups of all my data stored on an external hard drive, just in case something should happen with the data on any of those drives. But I was thinking it should retain the drives along with the drive letters and data on them.

    Thanks,
    You're welcome.. and I had the same results when I went from 8.1 to 10 build 10240 and with every subsequent upgrade.

    Good luck
    Jeff
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