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Installed New SSD, is it possible to still put stuff on old hard drive and access it?

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November 23, 2013 9:51:17 AM

Hello everyone, I appreciate any and all help, I am a complete novice when it comes to computer stuff with just enough basic knowledge to get by.

With that being said I recently installed an SSD on my computer which is awesome, but my old hard drive is no longer accessible, I accidentally wiped it of all data, which is not a big deal, but it is now called 'system reserved (D: ) and only has 99.9 MB available (It is a 500gb hard drive). I have no idea what I did, if I even did anything wrong to it but I cannot access it and put stuff on it, as my computer doesn't recognize it as the full 500gb harddrive it should be.

I do have to push f12 everytime i boot up my computer and choose to run my ssd over my old hard drive. But I have no idea how to link my old hard drive to access it, if i can at all.

Thank you for any and all help, as my ssd is pretty small and I have no space to install what I want to put on it.

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a b G Storage
November 23, 2013 10:02:16 AM

Just reformat your HDD since you wiped it. The system reserved is the partition that Windows creates, and is probably the partition of the SSD, so don't touch it. Then, go to Disk Management and assign your HDD a letter. This will allow you to use it alongside the SSD.
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November 23, 2013 10:23:26 AM

Blaise170 said:
Just reformat your HDD since you wiped it. The system reserved is the partition that Windows creates, and is probably the partition of the SSD, so don't touch it. Then, go to Disk Management and assign your HDD a letter. This will allow you to use it alongside the SSD.


Hey, thank you so much for your answer, so I clicked on reformat and changed the letter to E, it still only has 99 MB instead of its full size, I'm still confused, is it just not showing me the full size?
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a b G Storage
November 23, 2013 10:27:48 AM

When you are in Disk Management, make sure that your drive is not seperated into different partitions. Look at my Disk 3 here and notice how it has three partitions (which I did on purpose for Linux). If your drive is partitioned like this, right click each block delete it.

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a b G Storage
November 23, 2013 10:29:31 AM

Should show full size weird
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November 23, 2013 10:42:19 AM

Blaise170 said:
When you are in Disk Management, make sure that your drive is not seperated into different partitions. Look at my Disk 3 here and notice how it has three partitions (which I did on purpose for Linux). If your drive is partitioned like this, right click each block delete it.



YOU ARE AMAZING! I don't know how I didn't notice this earlier!!! Now i have 465gb on it :D  I'm dragging over Elder Scrolls Online to the old hard drive cuz my ssd doesn't have enough space, hopefully it works :X, it should be fine right? performance wise if everything is on the old hard drive and not the ssd?
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a b G Storage
November 23, 2013 10:49:07 AM

Glad to have helped. :)  It should work fine if you store most of your stuff on your HDDs, I have it setup the same way for my games and such.

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a b G Storage
November 23, 2013 11:23:33 AM

good to hear mate. enj0y

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