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Installing Second Hard Drive Without Formatting

I have a hdd that I use for all of my files. I'm planning on doing a fresh install of Windows 7 on a new ssd. Now do I just disconnect the hdd and reconnect it after I'm done installing the os on the new ssd? I need Windows to recognize the drive without formatting it so I can get all my files back.
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  1. Yes, be sure to disconnect the HDD drive from the PC before installing Windows on the SSD. After the install you will be able to plug the HDD back in and use it normally.

    If the HDD is connected during installation, the Windows installer will force-create backup partitons on the HDD drive, which might compromise some of the data.
  2. glamdringfh said:
    Yes, be sure to disconnect the HDD drive from the PC before installing Windows on the SSD. After the install you will be able to plug the HDD back in and use it normally.

    If the HDD is connected during installation, the Windows installer will force-create backup partitons on the HDD drive, which might compromise some of the data.


    Is there anything I need to do after I connect it back or will it read it automatically?
    (sorry for bothering you I just never did anything like this before even though I have built some pcs including mine)
  3. Best answer
    It should read the HDD automatically, no change should be neccessary.
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