Change HDD

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  1. Posts : 46
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       #1

    Change HDD


    Hi All

    I have the following drives on my system

    C: SSD - Operating system (windows 10 64bit) and some programs (the ones I am unable to store elsewhere)
    D: HDD 1tb - Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Vidoes etc
    E: SSD - Programs
    F: HDD - 2tb Storage
    G: External
    H: HDD - 3tb Storage

    As drive D is only 1tb I wish to change this to a 6tb WD Black HDD. The folders Documents, Pictures etc that are by default installed along with the operating system into the C drive. I then changed the location the target was the D drive. What would be the simplest way of replacing the new drive as drive D.

    Regards

    Kevin
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,118
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Hi, do you use disk imaging routinely as we strongly recommend? (So many advantages- even if a disk fails you can restore the content/partitions from your image saved on external storage).

    E.g. Macrium Reflect (free).

    If you do, the task is easy.

    Macrium is well supported with videos and help. There are other such programs.
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  3. Posts : 46
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi dalchina

    So you are saying, do a disk image with
    Macrium Reflect

    1. Save it to an external storage device
    2. Shut down the system change D drive to the new 6tb WD Black HDD
    3. Boot up the system. I take it that I will have to go into Disk Management and set the drive as D drive?
    4. Restore the image to the D drive
    5. Hopefully windows will find the Documents, Pictures, Video, etc folders

    Regards

    Kevin
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,118
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #4

    That should work - you lose nothing by trying it..

    And disk imaging everything (special option for Windows to include all pertinent partitions) is recommended anyway.
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  5. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
    Posts : 2,428
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #5

    KevinUK said:



    3. Boot up the system. I take it that I will have to go into Disk Management and set the drive as D drive?
    You should also make recovery media within Macrium so you can "Boot up the system" on those occasions when your C drive is kaput. If you can't boot--for whatever reason---you can't restore anything.

    The recovery media will contain Macrium and you will be presented with the standard Macrium interface when you boot from the recovery media.

    You should confirm that the recovery media WILL IN FACT boot your PC.
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  6. Posts : 46
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    Well after doing a image of the old 1tb D drive, replacing the drive with a 6tb drive and restoring the image. I ended up with 3 partitions? I manage to get one merged with where the image was using the initialize. I do not get that option for the other partition, what I do not want.

    Kevin
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,530
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    We need to see a screenshot of disk management, with the columns widened to show all the data:
    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
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  8. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #8

    3 partitions shown sounds right.

    If you look in Disk Management, is one labeled "recovery partition", about 450 mb; another labeled "EFI system", about 100 mb; and the third labeled C??

    Should be about like that.

    I don't follow your last 2 sentences. You may have seen a bunch of "unallocated space" that you could add to C if desired.
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,118
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #9

    - except KevinUK was aiming to replace drive D: - data only from his first post. So it shouldn't contain system partitions. Assuming that the 3 partitions refers to what's on D only.. maybe..

    At this point we definitely need a screenshot as @NavyLCDR said..
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  10. Posts : 46
    Windows 10 PRO
    Thread Starter
       #10

    My apologies, I forgot to add the screen capture. It is only a storage volume, please see the my original post.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Change HDD-after-restoring.jpg  
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