Windows 10: Turn old HDD into storage device

Discus and support Turn old HDD into storage device in Windows 10 Gaming to solve the problem; So I got a new SSD for my HP Compaq DC7900 Small Form Factor. Yes its old i know. So I cloned all of the old data from my harddrive to my SSD. Took me... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Gaming' started by ArafEzaz, Oct 20, 2021.

  1. ArafEzaz Win User

    Turn old HDD into storage device


    So I got a new SSD for my HP Compaq DC7900 Small Form Factor. Yes its old i know. So I cloned all of the old data from my harddrive to my SSD. Took me a while but I eventually figured that by unplugging my HDD and leaving just my SSD will make my computer boot up from the SSD. But whenever I plug it in from the HDD, it boots up from there and I can't wipe it and use it as a storage device. I plugged in the HDD while the computer was running it being booted up from the SSD but the computer wouldn't acknowledge it anywhere, not even disk management or device manager. Any ideas to wipe my old

    :)
     
    ArafEzaz, Oct 20, 2021
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  2. brify Win User

    Storage setup with a SSD and HDD

    Hi

    I have just purchased an HP Pavillion Desktop with a 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD, I have initialised windows, choosing to use OneDrive for backup and storage (I have 1TB cloud storage with 365) and also updated windows and drivers. I have not transferred
    any data from my old pc yet.

    I now wish to setup the pc to have the operating system and program files on the SSD as they are currently and all my Files/Pictures/Music etc on the HDD but I am unsure of the correct procedures and order in which to carry them out. I also want to
    continue using OneDrive for backup and file access from other devices.

    I am aware of the following:

    • The OneDrive folder is currently on the SSD and is backing up the default Desktop, Documents and Pictures. I wish to move this folder to the HDD but I am not when to do this, looking at the steps below, to prevent any sync issues
    • I know I can move my user folders, Documents, Pictures etc to the HDD by changing the location of these from C: (SSD) to D: (HDD), leaving the User/Username folder on C:
    • I have also noticed that in Settings/System/Storage I can 'change the location where new content is saved' for these folders, what is the difference between this and moving the location of the folders as detailed above.

    Can anyone advise on the best/correct method of setting my system up going forward?

    Thanks
     
    brify, Oct 20, 2021
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  3. Kem Mon Win User
    unlock hdd

    Hi Johan,

    It is possible that your
    HDD was unreadable
    causing the error message to appear. We recommend that you perform these troubleshooting steps and check if there are any changes:


    • Shutdown
      your
      PC.

    • Unhooked
      the
      HDD
      and
      turn on
      your
      PC.

    • Reconnect
      your
      HDD
      and
      restart
      your
      PC.

    If the issue persists, we suggest that you contact your
    laptop/computer's manufacturer
    for further assistance.

    Update us on how it goes.

    Regards.
     
    Kem Mon, Oct 20, 2021
    #3
  4. Turn old HDD into storage device

    Internal Storage devices being detected as removable devices

    Hi,

    I would suggest you to update your storage controller driver.

    Method 1: Update Storage Controller Driver

    Follow the steps.

    • Press Windows key + X key and click Device Manager.
    • Expand the Storage Controller.
    • Right-click on the Storage controller Driver
      and select Update Driver Software.
    • Wait for sometime and check if the issue persists.
    • Restart your system.
    Method 2: Uninstall and then reinstall Storage Controller driver from the Manufacturer's Website

    Follow the steps.

    • Press Windows key + X key and click Device Manager.
    • Expand the Storage Controller.
    • Right-click on the Storage controller Driver
      and select Uninstall.
    • Now, go to the Manufacturer's website and download the latest storage controller driver.
    • Once the download is complete, double-click and run the setup file to complete installation.
    • Restart your system.
    Hope this helps. Please respond if you have further related queries.

    Regards,
     
    Jesinta Rozario, Oct 20, 2021
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