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How can I swap my current hard drive into a D drive when I install my new SSD

I'm soon to be getting a SSD so that it boots my computer from it. Is it possible to make it so that my current C drive can be switched to a data drive?
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    Are you planning to do a clone operation for this new SSD, or a clean install of the OS?

    Either way, at the end of the process, simply delete all partitions from the HDD. The OS drive (the SSD) will be the C, and other drives will have other drive letters.

    For a clean install on the SSD:
    HAve only the SSD connected
    Boot from your install media (which OS is this?)
    Install on that drive

    Later, reconnect the old HDD and wipe all the partitions. Use it as needed

    For a cloning operation, from old HDD to new SSD, do this:
    -----------------------------
    Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
    Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
    Power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
    Power up
    Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
    Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive
    Click the 'Clone' button
    Wait until it is done
    When it finishes, power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
    Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
    Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
    If good, continue the power up

    It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
    Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

    If it works, and it should, all is good.

    Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe as necessary.
    Delete the original boot partitions, here:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/4f1b84ac-b193-40e3-943a-f45d52e23685/cant-delete-extra-healthy-recovery-partitions-and-healthy-efi-system-partition?forum=w8itproinstall
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  2. USAFRet said:
    Are you planning to do a clone operation for this new SSD, or a clean install of the OS?

    Either way, at the end of the process, simply delete all partitions from the HDD. The OS drive (the SSD) will be the C, and other drives will have other drive letters.

    For a clean install on the SSD:
    HAve only the SSD connected
    Boot from your install media (which OS is this?)
    Install on that drive

    Later, reconnect the old HDD and wipe all the partitions. Use it as needed

    For a cloning operation, from old HDD to new SSD, do this:
    -----------------------------
    Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
    Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
    Power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
    Power up
    Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
    Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive
    Click the 'Clone' button
    Wait until it is done
    When it finishes, power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
    Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
    Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
    If good, continue the power up

    It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
    Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

    If it works, and it should, all is good.

    Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe as necessary.
    Delete the original boot partitions, here:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/4f1b84ac-b193-40e3-943a-f45d52e23685/cant-delete-extra-healthy-recovery-partitions-and-healthy-efi-system-partition?forum=w8itproinstall
    -----------------------------


    My current OS is Windows 7 and the new one is Windows 10 and i'm going to do a clean install. For all the programs that I've installed through the C drive will i be able to put them onto my SSD or will i have to reinstall them completely?
  3. jklm15 said:


    My current OS is Windows 7 and the new one is Windows 10 and i'm going to do a clean install. For all the programs that I've installed through the C drive will i be able to put them onto my SSD or will i have to reinstall them completely?


    You'll have to do a reinstall of all your applications.
  4. What make/size SSD are you getting?

    See this for how to manage space between the two drives
    Win 8.1 & 10: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html
  5. USAFRet said:
    jklm15 said:


    My current OS is Windows 7 and the new one is Windows 10 and i'm going to do a clean install. For all the programs that I've installed through the C drive will i be able to put them onto my SSD or will i have to reinstall them completely?


    You'll have to do a reinstall of all your applications.


    Ok. Thank you for your help! :)
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