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Can I use my current hard drive (1TB SATA III 7200RPM) as additional storage space on my new PC build?

I am building a new PC on Monday. I have purchased an SSD and a 2 TB hard drive. I have thousands of pics on my old hard drive that I do not want to lose. What is the best way to go about keeping them? Should I install the old hard drive as an alternative memory source or transfer via ethernet? Thanks
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  1. why not ? what's holding you back ? not enough sata ports on your new motherboard ?
  2. I have 6 SATA ports on the new motherboard. I just thought that it would be an issue because there is an OS already installed on the old hard drive.
  3. no there wouldn't be an issue if you reinstall your os on your newly purchased SSD
  4. Thanks!
  5. Post moved - - HDDs & SSDs are storage devices, not memory.
  6. Phillip Corcoran said:
    Post moved - - HDDs & SSDs are storage devices, not memory.


    xD That seems to be a common misconception.
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    vaderdog said:
    I am building a new PC on Monday. I have purchased an SSD and a 2 TB hard drive. I have thousands of pics on my old hard drive that I do not want to lose. What is the best way to go about keeping them? Should I install the old hard drive as an alternative memory source or transfer via ethernet? Thanks


    Best way? How much space do they take up? I would buy a thumb drive and copy and paste all of them into that thumbdrive. It's best to always have a back-up. One day a HDD could fail. Having your photos in at least two places(one off site) is best.

    Can you use an old HDD in a new PC? Yes. Even back in the IDE and slave and jumpers day, we could.

    The PC knows your your boot drive. It has what is known as an MBR on there. Master Boot record it is. That is apart from the fact that the user usually sets up boot priority in the BIOS.

    How do you make sure everything goes as planned? Build that rig with all the care and attention it deserves, which is a lot. What don't you do? Install the 2TB drive. You only install the SSD. Let's fast forward to a time when you have 10 installed on your SSD, all drivers and other stuff is updated and you have performed the necessary reboots. Time to power down and unplug. Now what? Install that 2TB drive. After you plug it back in and enter Windows it will see that drive and assign a letter to it.

    How do I know apart from the fact that it's true? I have 5 storage drives in my PC from 3 different PC's. One of them was a laptop. I built my PC with only my SSD installed. After everything was loaded and updated I did what I said ^ there and everything's working perfectly.
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