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Files on secondary hard drive when installing Win 8.

  1. #1

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    Windows 7 Home

    Files on secondary hard drive when installing Win 8.

    Hi guys,

    Sorry about the title, i was unsure how to sum up this post in such few words.

    Basically at the moment i am using Windows 7 Home and will be upgrading to Windows 8.1 in about a weeks time. I currently have Windows 7 installed on a 60Gb SSD and i have a secondary 500Gb Seagate Barracuda for other files. What i am wondering is if i clean install Windows 8 onto the SSD only will i still be able to use the 2nd drive in Windows 8? Basically this drive has a fair amount of music / videos etc and i would like to make to make sure i can use these. I would like to do a clean install and not an upgrade btw.

    Thanks for your time

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    1) Backup the SSD first.

    2) Before cleaning Windows 8/8.1 remove secondary 500Gb Seagate Barracuda drive.

    3) Clean install Windows 8/8.1.

    4) When Windows 8./8.1 is working OK, refit the secondary 500Gb Seagate Barracuda drive.
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  3. #3

    Hi Daniel,

    I did something similar to you. I have XP on one harddrive and a fresh install of Win 8 on the other.

    I tend to use XP as a back up drive for personal files and Win 8 as the main. From the Win 8 drive, I can easily access photos, spreadsheets (with software installed on both drives) etc that are stored on the XP drive. The same should be the same for videos/music and even if it doesn't then copy and paste the files over to your new drive.

    I would think that (as with spreadsheets) the correct software would have to be installed on the new drive for it to run directly from the new drive.

    Hope this helps.
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    Windows 7 Home

    Ok thanks for the quick reply guys, it was very helpful!
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