Windows 10: Upgrading Through WU with 2 Drives

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       18 Jul 2015 #11

    That's good news as many people have relocated their user files/folders.
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       19 Jul 2015 #12

    Thanks alpha. All input is welcome in weighing of a decision. Maybe this thread will also help others decide.
    I'm recreating my disk images right now to reflect the current status on an old USB 2.0 ext. drive I have. Not for "in case I want to go back to Win8.1", but in case something goes south. I have been testing 10 only on my laptop, not my desktop, and my desktop has a AMD graphics card.
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  3.    19 Jul 2015 #13

    I have seen instances where Windows installed parts on to other drives in the system. This would make it more difficult later on should you want to replace that second drive.

    I always unplug them to be safe.
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       19 Jul 2015 #14

    Disk image finished!! This time I cleaned up File History(using clean up versions in advanced settings) and only kept 1 current copy of the current image after Patch Tuesday and all the 3rd party updates. It only took 54 min. instead of 7 hours(remember the backup devise is a USB 2.0 ext. HDD).

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  5.    19 Jul 2015 #15

    Ztruker said: View Post
    That's good news as many people have relocated their user files/folders.
    I think the issue was if you moved your whole user profile, http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...tion-disk.html . It would cause Windows to throw a hissy fit in certain circumstances.
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       19 Jul 2015 #16

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    I think the issue was if you moved your whole user profile, http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...tion-disk.html . It would cause Windows to throw a hissy fit in certain circumstances.
    In my case it's only the libraries, file history(which I'm curious if Windows 10 will be able to use or even see, if not, no big deal), and now only one Reflect image. Basically used like an external disk but much much faster.
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  7.    19 Jul 2015 #17

    Hi there

    IMO it's ALWAYS best to have the OS on its OWN partition / HDD - IMO a smallish SSD is best. That way any user data / libraries shouldn't be destroyed or lost if you re-install the OS.

    Backing up / restoring also is easy and takes very little time. Note if you CLEAN install you can simply save any special user files you have on the C drive - just save the user folder.

    If you install the OS on a Spinner - install in a SMALLISH partition (say no bigger than 70 GB) - -more than enough even for a largish Windows install with plenty of space for installing more programs.

    Cheers
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  8.    19 Jul 2015 #18

    swarfega said: View Post
    I have seen instances where Windows installed parts on to other drives in the system. This would make it more difficult later on should you want to replace that second drive.

    I always unplug them to be safe.
    That can happen if you boot from the install media and aren't carful where you tell Windows to install too. Especially if your trying to setup a dual boot. I agree I've seen some pretty messed up systems. IMHO, more often than not, it was a result of what the user did, not what Windows did on its own.

    This free upgrade is going to be an upgrade install so it should install to the same partition Windows is currently installed to by default. The other custom Windows partitions will just be reused. Assuming you have a standard setup. If you've been messing with things, or removed a dual boot setup, etc etc. It could complicate things. My current installs are standard clean installs with very little modification by me. About all I've done is moved my user folder locations. I'm not expecting any issues. I've already did an upgrade from Windows 7 to the Preview on my other desktop PC with no issues. That one I'll let update to the finale via Windows update. The others I'll do through the GWX App. Then I can see how both options work. I'll get new Windows 10 keys via MSDN anyway, but where's the fun in that. I want to be able to say I did it, and this is what happened, instead of relying on what other users post.
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       19 Jul 2015 #19

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    This free upgrade is going to be an upgrade install so it should install to the same partition Windows is currently installed to by default. The other custom Windows partitions will just be reused. Assuming you have a standard setup.
    This is the info I have been looking for alpha, and from someone who has done it. Good then I'll just let Windows take care of Windows and worry about disconnecting the 2nd drive once Win 10 is installed and activated and I eventually either do a clean install or just use the recovery options to reinstall and have a squeaky clean Image. Thanks tons
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  10.    19 Jul 2015 #20

    Cliff S said: View Post
    This is the info I have been looking for alpha, and from someone who has done it. Good then I'll just let Windows take care of Windows and worry about disconnecting the 2nd drive once Win 10 is installed and activated and I eventually either do a clean install or just use the recovery options to reinstall and have a squeaky clean Image. Thanks tons
    That's the way I see it. My upgrade from Windows 7 to the preview was painless. How many builds have there been between 10074 and 10240? I lost count. That's how many upgrades I've done through Windows update after that, on that same PC. So far just few little glitches. Tiles with no Icons, and one or two with weird names. All easily fixed once I found out how.
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