[SOLVED] Dying drive requires me to get a new boot drive. I have questions though.

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The boot drive in my desktop is getting old and showing just about every sign that is is about to die at any minute. it is a 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD and it is currently my boot drive. I have everything on that drive that I want from it backed up on other drives I have so I will be ok if it dies suddenly but my concern right now is my secondary drive, just for reference, it is a 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD.
I got a Crucial 1TB 2.5" SSD and want to make that my boot drive and I was going to format my 1TB Seagate drive to just sit as tertiary storage for the rest of its life. My question is, will I be able to install and activate Windows on the SSD and have access to my 2TB Seagate drive without concern?
I am worried that it will:
  • Possibly not give me permission to access the data on that drive
  • Windows will not like the fact that it is already formatted and has data on it when it is recognized by Windows and do whatever it may do.
I can't remember where I saw it or what the case was but I believe someone did not have permission to their own files when they reinstalled Windows in a similar situation as me.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
 
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You should have permission. If not, you can easily change that.
Windows will see data fine. Dont expect programs installed onto the HDD to work tho.
I was going to reinstall programs that I had installed but I didn't want to lose (or lose access) to any of the raw data I had.
 

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What exists on that drive and permissions is irrelevant.
You need t copy your personal data off that drive NOW. Not wait until later.

And copy just the actual files, not the 'Libraries ' folders . Document/Pictures/Video, etc.


EDIT: OK, I misread
What exactly is on your secondary drive? If it is not the actual Libraries you are fine.
No permissions issues at all.
 

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