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Please help: New SSD for boot drive, new HDD for storage, while keeping old HDD setup.

Hello! Excuse the long description...

After almost 6 years, I pretty much filled my factory-built PC's hard drive, a WD 640GB Blue drive. As a replacement, I decided "why not go the extra mile?" and got a SSD to boot from and a new HDD for more storage and video games.
So, after a few suggestions from around the internet, I picked up a 128GB SSD (Samsung's 850 Pro) which I look forward to using as my boot drive, as well as a 4TB HDD (WD's Black Drive) for storage and games.

Here is where I need help and clarification. My current, now "old" HDD is packed with family videos, photos, photo and video editing software, etc. Long story short, although I really wish to avoid copying/formatting stuff, let me know what's best. I wish to keep my old drive in the computer along with the new ones for a total of three drives inside.

How do I go about properly doing this? (Setting up my SSD as a boot drive, adding the new HDD for storage, while keeping all of my files on my old HDD)

Will I have to reinstall my editing software and other programs onto either of the new drives?

I use a lot of "Sticky Notes" on my desktop, will I have to copy them all and set them up again later?

My factory-built PC did not come with a Windows 7 install disk. Should I obtain an .iso from Windows and burn it into a disk?

Thank you so very much in advanced for taking your time to read all of that.
I look forward to your suggestions!

-Pablo.
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    Hi,
    How do I go about properly doing this? (Setting up my SSD as a boot drive, adding the new HDD for storage, while keeping all of my files on my old HDD)
    -Yes, connect only SSD, install Windows on it, then power off and connect the other 2 HDDs. Make sure that the SSD is the 1st boot device.
    Will I have to reinstall my editing software and other programs onto either of the new drives?
    - Yes, Programs/games have to be reinstalled. You can choose different location than SSD (for saving space), but you'll have to reinstall them.
    I use a lot of "Sticky Notes" on my desktop, will I have to copy them all and set them up again later?
    -Yes
    My factory-built PC did not come with a Windows 7 install disk. Should I obtain an .iso from Windows and burn it into a disk?
    -It depends. You can make an image of the C partition (old HDD) and clone it to the SSD, but you have to clean that partition a bit. I mean leave only Windows and program files and move the other (photos, movies, whatever) to different partition. The other option is a an Windows Install DVD.
  2. alexoiu said:
    Hi,
    -Yes, connect only SSD, install Windows on it, then power off and connect the other 2 HDDs. Make sure that the SSD is the 1st boot device.
    - Yes, Programs/games have to be reinstalled. You can choose different location than SSD (for saving space), but you'll have to reinstall them.
    -Yes
    -It depends. You can make an image of the C partition (old HDD) and clone it to the SSD, but you have to clean that partition a bit. I mean leave only Windows and program files and move the other (photos, movies, whatever) to different partition. The other option is a an Windows Install DVD.


    Sounds straightforward enough... thanks!! I will let you know how it went asap
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