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How do I connect a 2nd drive to my computer that has programs/info on it?

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How do I connect a 2nd drive to my computer that has programs/info on it? I don't wanna lose everything on it unless it's the only way for me to use it. If y'all need more info on my problem just ask in the comment zone.. Thx.

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Is it an internal drive, external drive. Are you using a laptop or a desktop, what form factor is the drive

Optical Drive Poll: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006309-optical-drive-survey/

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if it is an internal drive, HDD or SSD, just plug it in like you would a new drive.

This is how tech channels like LTT manage bench marking so many systems. all the games are on one SSD and they just plug it into the different PC's

 

just make sure it wasnt a C drive (i.e. has windows files on it), and dont accidentally format it.

also plug it in when the PC is powered down for obvious reasons 

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57 minutes ago, AdvancedMicroDisapointment said:

Is it an internal drive, external drive. Are you using a laptop or a desktop, what form factor is the drive

 

28 minutes ago, tJuggernaut29 said:

if it is an internal drive, HDD or SSD, just plug it in like you would a new drive.

This is how tech channels like LTT manage bench marking so many systems. all the games are on one SSD and they just plug it into the different PC's

 

just make sure it wasnt a C drive (i.e. has windows files on it), and dont accidentally format it.

also plug it in when the PC is powered down for obvious reasons 

Internal HDD and it's going to be my D drive or 2nd drive and its for my desktop

Current Pc Parts:

-CPU: Intel i7-9700k

-GPU: EVGA RTX 2070 black edition

-CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken x62

-Mobo: Asus z390-E gaming

-Ram: Corsair Vengeance RGB pro 32g @3000MHz

-Storage: Samsung 850evo 256Gb

-Storage: Toshiba 1Tb 7200rpm

-Case: NZXT H500

-Extra: NZXT Hue 2

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5 minutes ago, TheDeathDragon said:

 

Internal HDD and it's going to be my D drive or 2nd drive and its for my desktop

Just plug it in and as long as it's formatted to NTFS it should work fine and keep all the data on it

Optical Drive Poll: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1006309-optical-drive-survey/

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1 hour ago, AdvancedMicroDisapointment said:

Just plug it in and as long as it's formatted to NTFS it should work fine and keep all the data on it

I have it plugged in but I can't open anything that on it.

Current Pc Parts:

-CPU: Intel i7-9700k

-GPU: EVGA RTX 2070 black edition

-CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken x62

-Mobo: Asus z390-E gaming

-Ram: Corsair Vengeance RGB pro 32g @3000MHz

-Storage: Samsung 850evo 256Gb

-Storage: Toshiba 1Tb 7200rpm

-Case: NZXT H500

-Extra: NZXT Hue 2

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3 minutes ago, TheDeathDragon said:

I have it plugged in but I can't open anything that on it.

Idk why but I didn't think of running the programs from within the harddrive first. 

Current Pc Parts:

-CPU: Intel i7-9700k

-GPU: EVGA RTX 2070 black edition

-CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken x62

-Mobo: Asus z390-E gaming

-Ram: Corsair Vengeance RGB pro 32g @3000MHz

-Storage: Samsung 850evo 256Gb

-Storage: Toshiba 1Tb 7200rpm

-Case: NZXT H500

-Extra: NZXT Hue 2

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