Transferring Old HDD to New Computer

I know there are a lot of these types of posts in here, but I just haven't been able to get the answer I've been looking for.

On Wednesday, I'll be swapping my CPU and motherboard, and I'm really confused as to what will happen to all my data on my HDD, which has most of my programs and files on it. As of now I have Windows installed on my 64GB SSD and I'm looking to wipe it out come Wednesday and install my new copy of Windows on it. For Windows, I will be using Win7 Professional on an .ISO disc, the same OS I have on my current computer.

But what I was wondering is, after I install Windows on my SSD, and boot up the computer, will I have to do anything special to my HDD I have now to ensure I don't lose everything or BSOD when I plug it in?

Also, I have an external HDD that has a lot of space on it. What could I do with that to make sure I don't lose everything on my current HDD?

Additional Info:
The motherboard is a different socket than the one I have now, and is newer (I don't know if this matters or not.)
The HDD does not have Windows on it, just installed programs.

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    installed programs are usually lsot during an install, even if the program stays on another drive, all the registry entries, dll files installed to windows, etc are lost, so therefore you have to reinstall anyways. You should copy the data you want to save to the external and wipe the other harddrive, or at the very least, delete the program files folder and reinstall your programs.
  2. Thanks. What if I was to just plug it in after I install windows? Would windows just automatically format everything?
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