My Windows 10 system has two drives: drive c:, a 128 GB SSD drive containing the OS (windows 10), and drive d:, a 1 TB WD drive containing the Users folder Program Files. drive c: being kind of small, it seemed like a good idea at the time to move the users & program files folders to the bigger drive.
Drive d: has been acting up a bit (I see bad sector messages in the event log, though doing chkdsk at boottime reports 0 bad sectors). I purchased a 3TB Hitachi HD with the intent to replace the existing WD drive with the Hitachi drive.
I plugged in the Hitachi drive, and assigned it the letter F:. I imaged drive d: to drive f: using Macrium Reflect (actually it did not work (broken pipe, which could not be rectified with chkdsk) so I manually copied all the contents of drive d: to drive f: (that seems to have completed successfully); I'm not sure this is relevant).
Now, my question is, how do I make drive F: (the Hitachi drive) "become" drive D:, so that the OS starts using it instead of the WD drive? A few possibilities come to mind, but I am nervous about attempting any of them without getting confirmation...
1. Using Windows 10's Disk Management tool to change the drive letters around (change drive d: to drive g:, then change drive f: to drive d:). I haven't tried, but somehow I doubt that would work -- it seems like Windows would get upset should the users and program files folders go missing all of a sudden in between the two steps?
2. Remove drive d: from the system, and plug the Hitachi drive in its SATA cable. Would that make the Hitachi drive become drive d: all of a sudden? If so, could I later on plug the WD drive in the Hitachi drive's former SATA cable and have it become drive f:?
Or is there an alternative correct way to do this?