Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:36 AM
That method will work just fine with all standard files, provided were talking about photos, documents, etc. Any programs, like microsoft office, or games like COD or anything like that will have to be reinstalled as they have registry edits that allow them to run. But as for all your files, documents, that method should work just fine, you shouldnt even have to disconnect the extra HDD as long as your careful not to choose that one by mistake when you install windows 7 on your primary (disconecting it will eliminate mistakes) and you shouldnt have to reformat the extra once 7 is installed-since it will be installed on your primary HDD. Windows 7 doesn't care if you swap extra drives in and out, the only thing it throws a fit over is if you swap out the motherboard without reinstalling it. You can choose to reformat the extra, but you don't need to, in fact it might be wiser just to keep your data on the second drive-that way, if you ever have to reinstall your OS or upgrade again, you dont have to take the time to transfer everything, its already all on the second drive.
Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit.
Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.
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