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Adding an HDD to a new Setup

I want to  add an HDD to a new system I'm currently planning but I'm not sure how to do it correctly

The HDD is currently in the pc my dad is using so it contains data that he doesn't want to lose. The new setup I want to build for him contains an SSD on which I would install the OS but the old HDD still has Win 10 installed on it so I'm not sure what would happen if I configured the SSD as the boot device while the harddrive still has Win 10 on it

Will there be any problems or would I be fine if I leave the OS on it and if I had to wipe the Windows off the Harddrive would I have to completely wipe it clean ?

 

Thanks to any responder

 

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Best way to do it is to transfer everything to a third drive, wipe the HDD, and put the files back on that, or if the SSD has enough space to temporarily move everything important to then you can wipe the HDD and move it back afterwards.

You can set the SSD as the primary boot drive, force Windows to boot from that over the HDD, and then move everything from there and format the HDD in Windows.

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1 minute ago, Lurick said:

Best way to do it is to transfer everything to a third drive, wipe the HDD, and put the files back on that, or if the SSD has enough space to temporarily move everything important to then you can wipe the HDD and move it back afterwards.

You can set the SSD as the primary boot drive, force Windows to boot from that over the HDD, and then move everything from there and format the HDD in Windows.

Ok then 

thank you 

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I did this once on my machine. It's as simple as shutting down your dads PC, taking out the HDD, shedding down the new system, and plopping in the new HDD. As for it having windows, just set the SSD as the boot device, and later on, when you have windows installed on the SSD, delete the partitions with windows on the HDD.

 

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Either wipe the old hdd or after you start up windows on the ssd and plug in the hdd, go to the bios and set the boot drive to the ssd

 

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