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How to set up a new HDD?

Hello all, this is my first time getting a secondary HDD, so im pretty much a noob at this please bare with me.
I already partitioned and formatted the drive on disk management.

What I want to do is move all my files and programs to the second HDD and also make it so any future installations will be directed to the second HDD, so that first one is just the clean OS, how can I go about doing that?

When I open up the folder to the new hard drive it's just blank and I don't know where to start. If anyone can help me out on setting up the files and folders, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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  1. Applications:
    You can't really 'move' them. Uninstall, and reinstall, selecting the other drive. Recommend you create a top level folder "MyPrograms" maybe. Use that as the target for the new installs.

    You don't want to force ALL new installs to go elsewhere. Some things you do want with the OS. Antivirus, for instance.

    Files:
    See these for redirecting where you want things to go.
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html
  2. You need to use hard links, robocopy, etc to do it properly. Data from both drives needs to be accessible in the Users folder. Google 'Move Users'. I's complicated and needs confidence in doing this sort of thing.

    People usually want to do this when they want to install an SSD on an older PC - so the SSD only has the OS.
  3. i7Baby said:
    You need to use hard links, robocopy, etc to do it properly. Data from both drives needs to be accessible in the Users folder. Google 'Move Users'. I's complicated and needs confidence in doing this sort of thing.


    No, you don't have to use hard links, junction points...all of that junk.
    The Documents/Music/Pictures/etc folders already have this function built in. You just have to tell it where.

    For applications - Just about everything gives the option of 'where'. Windows does not care, as long as you tell it during the install.
  4. USAFRet said:
    Applications:
    You can't really 'move' them. Uninstall, and reinstall, selecting the other drive. Recommend you create a top level folder "MyPrograms" maybe. Use that as the target for the new installs.

    You don't want to force ALL new installs to go elsewhere. Some things you do want with the OS. Antivirus, for instance.

    Files:
    See these for redirecting where you want things to go.
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html



    True, I could just select where to install it. So I should just re-install everything rather than cloning the drive to be safe?
  5. Best answer
    val7x said:
    USAFRet said:
    Applications:
    You can't really 'move' them. Uninstall, and reinstall, selecting the other drive. Recommend you create a top level folder "MyPrograms" maybe. Use that as the target for the new installs.

    You don't want to force ALL new installs to go elsewhere. Some things you do want with the OS. Antivirus, for instance.

    Files:
    See these for redirecting where you want things to go.
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html



    True, I could just select where to install it. So I should just re-install everything rather than cloning the drive to be safe?


    Yes. That is by far the safest and easiest.
    And you can't clone 'just' the applications.
  6. USAFRet said:
    val7x said:
    USAFRet said:
    Applications:
    You can't really 'move' them. Uninstall, and reinstall, selecting the other drive. Recommend you create a top level folder "MyPrograms" maybe. Use that as the target for the new installs.

    You don't want to force ALL new installs to go elsewhere. Some things you do want with the OS. Antivirus, for instance.

    Files:
    See these for redirecting where you want things to go.
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html



    True, I could just select where to install it. So I should just re-install everything rather than cloning the drive to be safe?


    Yes. That is by far the safest and easiest.
    And you can't clone 'just' the applications.



    Thanks for your help, I finished re installing everything with no problems :)
  7. val7x said:
    USAFRet said:
    val7x said:
    USAFRet said:
    Applications:
    You can't really 'move' them. Uninstall, and reinstall, selecting the other drive. Recommend you create a top level folder "MyPrograms" maybe. Use that as the target for the new installs.

    You don't want to force ALL new installs to go elsewhere. Some things you do want with the OS. Antivirus, for instance.

    Files:
    See these for redirecting where you want things to go.
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html



    True, I could just select where to install it. So I should just re-install everything rather than cloning the drive to be safe?


    Yes. That is by far the safest and easiest.
    And you can't clone 'just' the applications.



    Thanks for your help, I finished re installing everything with no problems :)


    Good deal !
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