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Using old HDD with 8.1 installed in new build format, sysprep, what?

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I am building a new computer and plan to install windows on a SSD. the primary HDD from my old computer has windows 8.1 installed and I am not sure how to prepare it to be used as a secondary.

After all this time to I just tell it I want to be friends?

I would appreciate some guidance in this matter. It wouldn't be terribly inconvenient to format the whole thing but I hesitate, the hoarder in me says something valuable will be lost. I am only using 76gb's on it. I have seen some stuff about sysprep but I am worried about the old drive thinking it is still number one which has happened to me before.
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    40s said:
    Hello,

    I am building a new computer and plan to install windows on a SSD. the primary HDD from my old computer has windows 8.1 installed and I am not sure how to prepare it to be used as a secondary.

    After all this time to I just tell it I want to be friends?

    I would appreciate some guidance in this matter. It wouldn't be terribly inconvenient to format the whole thing but I hesitate, the hoarder in me says something valuable will be lost. I am only using 76gb's on it. I have seen some stuff about sysprep but I am worried about the old drive thinking it is still number one which has happened to me before.

    Assuming you have installation media, install Windows to Unallocated Space on your SSD with the old HDD disconnected. Once you're satisfied with your installation, connect the old HDD, you can do so with the machine running. You can then organise the HDD the way you want it. Suggest you use Disk Manager to create a new Partition so that you can migrate any useful data off the old Windows partition. e.g. Downloads/Documents/music/pictures etcetera (All your User folders?)
    Once you're satisfied that you have all, simply delete the Windows partition and the System Reserved partition on the HDD. Then expand your new partition into the Unallocated Space to create one backup partition or create another partition for whatever...
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