New primary hard drive?

October 9, 2010 at 23:27:34
Specs: Windows 7
Hi, to start I would like to say that I am a compute dumbo. Recently I purchased a new hard drive and was wondering how to make it the primary one for installing things. To be exact: a few years ago I had a computer with one hard drive split into two partitions; a small D: partition that housed my OS (XP at that time) and all other system info. And a larger C: partition that housed all installs, my documents, downloads, program files etc. etc. I was wondering how can I do this to the new drive, but instead of partitions use my old HDD to act like the D: drive in my past computer and the new HDD to act like the C: drive on my PC?

Is this possible, or am I remembering it wrong?


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October 9, 2010 at 23:36:36
You are probably remembering wrong. In most cases, the operating system is installed in the C drive. This is called the System drive and you cannot change the drive letter.Look at your current drive. What drive letter does your operating system reside on? For your new drive simply install it in the machine.
Presume your current drive is SATA as well as the new larger one. Just attach it. Go into disk management (or whatever that is now called in Win7) and partition it how you like, format it and use it. Windows will allocate it other drive letters.
When installing new programs simply install them to the new drive rather than allowing the installs to go to default C drive.

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October 9, 2010 at 23:47:44
Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated :). Windows 7 is installed on C: drive (the old drive), the new drive is set any ready to go (set as D: drive), but it's a convenience thing ya'know? Always having to change an install or save location to D:. Is there anyway to change the default install directory? I'll go and look around Google for now.

Thanks again for the reply!

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October 10, 2010 at 00:44:54

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October 10, 2010 at 09:36:59
Awesome, thanks a lot! One more question: is it possible to also move all the user folders? I was able to move my documents by changing the directory in the properties tab.

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