HDD backup storage

Hi all, I recently had to replace a failed SSD (Corsair Force 115GB SATA 2) drive RMA’ed and replaced with a (Corsair Force 120GB SATA 3) new one. The SSD is boot drive. The HDD storage is a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200. The HDD contains previous storage data and a Windows Backup.
I want to preserve all my data so I tried to “reinstall from system image” to the new SSD. With a windows installation disk, SSD and HDD. I kept getting a message “that the image is on a disk that needs to be formatted, use another backup”. I don’t have another backup.
I removed the storage disk and did a clean install on the SSD. The clean install went fine. I then installed the HD again. I rebooted. The motherboard detects both the SSD (OS) and the HD (storage) drives in “My Computer” and “Disk Management”. I notice in “Disk Management”, Disk 0 and Disk 1 both report Basic and online but Disk 1 has no “System Reserved” partition. It correctly displays previous partitions (size and names) including a "Windows Backup" I created under the old installation. The drive letters were changed, even though I didn’t format it.
So I can read documents, view pictures and video on the unformatted storage disk (HD). I created a "System Backup" on the old storage disk hoping it would create a system partition... it did not.
My concerns are these.
1. Does the HD storage drive need to have a "System Reserve" partition to function correctly? I want to be able to install programs from it and on it.
2. To create a new "System Reserve" partition would require Disk Format that would destroy all the data.
3. Should I back up all the data to an external disk, reformat, reconfigure partitions then replace data files and reinstall the programs.
Any advise thanks.
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    For Windows 7, you need only one SRP and it would be best if it is on the SSD.
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