Windows 10: Install second hdd

Discus and support Install second hdd in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi. Just decided to install a second HDD to hold my documents photos etc how would I set that drive H to save my items. I want all my stuff to save... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by dafydd, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. dafydd Win User

    Install second hdd

    Just decided to install a second HDD to hold my documents photos etc how would I set that drive H to save my items.
    I want all my stuff to save to that H HHD automatic upon selecting save as.
    My C drive has the O/P and all programs.
    Any help please.

    dafydd, Jul 26, 2017
  2. mrobo11 Win User

    Install Windows 10 on same computer two hard drives

    Do so: install and activate the windows 10,

    after then use some hdd clone program and clone partition from hdd where is the os installed and activated to another after boot from second hdd


    install windows on first hdd and activate,

    register to insider program, and download insider windows version and install on second hdd and activate
    mrobo11, Jul 26, 2017
  3. AlyMdr Win User
    Windows 10 pro linked to Microsoft account how to unlink

    Hi, thank you for the updated reply, I am thinking of performing the clean install by installing second HDD and install windows on this second HDD and set it as first boot drive in BIOS then erase the first HDD or keep it as it is (two bootable drives),
    but will this not affect windows activation or license?thanks
    AlyMdr, Jul 26, 2017
  4. dalchina New Member

    Install second hdd

    Hi, you could consider relocating folders, however some users manage to get themselves into great difficulty when doing this. (You can research relevant threads).

    Change Save Location for New Apps in Windows 10 Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
    Documents Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
    Move Location of Downloads Folder in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

    More if you search the Tutorials:
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index Windows 10 Tutorials

    Note the discussion here:
    Locating saved files - Windows 10 Forums
    There is no guarantee that you can get 'Save as' to be be consistent- it's dependent on the implementation of the application.

    It is an excellent idea to keep your user data off C: - whether on a separate partition on the system disk, or on a different physical disk.
    dalchina, Jul 26, 2017
  5. dafydd Win User
    Thanks will have a good read on those links you gave,I'm sure that will answer my issue.
    Thank You very much.
    From South Wales UK.
    dafydd, Jul 26, 2017
  6. NavyLCDR New Member
    I like to use junction points. Documents, for example: On you H: drive make a folder you want for your documents. Mine is H:\John\Documents. Move you Documents into the new folder, so your old documents under C:\Users is empty then in a Command Prompt (Admin) window:

    mklink /J C:\Users\John\Documents H:\John\Documents

    Now the C:\Users\John\Documents folder will appear to operate just like it always did - but it is actually H:\John\Documents that is being physically used.
    NavyLCDR, Jul 26, 2017
  7. dafydd Win User
    All done Thank You both for help once again*Thumbs
    dafydd, Jul 26, 2017
  8. Steve C Win User

    Install second hdd

    Post 2 contains all of the information you need. Be careful of moving all save locations in your user accounts from drive C: to your HDD since some users have reported problems when upgrading Windows. I would just relocate the largest user folders from the C: drive to the HDD i.e. Documents, Pictures, Videos & Music. Navigate to each of those folders on your C: drive, right click, select properties then go to the Location tab from where you can select Move to change the folder location. You need a backup strategy to backup your user files which will then be split between drive C: and your HDD.
    Steve C, Jul 27, 2017
  9. dalchina New Member
    My personal choice- on a single user PC- is to create my own folders on a separate disk or partition and make no changes to Windows default folders. Why? By default installed programs create many folders in Documents, Videos etc- so they don't just contain 'my' documents and files, but a load of stuff related to those programs including working space. I.e. a mess.

    And you could also include new folders you create on a separate disk within Windows default libraries. Care needed with permissions on a multi-user PC.

    That avoids any of the risks of relocating them.

    (Note- I have relocated my Desktop- although I keep little on it, years ago I found it one place I was at risk of losing things if I had to reinstall Windows, or needed special action to recover data from).
    dalchina, Jul 27, 2017
  10. AddRAM Win User
    Yep, just move the items from C to the storage drive, confirm they are there then delete them from C.
    AddRAM, Apr 4, 2018

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