Have some questions about removing windows from my old HDD after an SSD installation and clone.

Treyman42

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Hi guys, I bought an Acer E15 laptop (2016 model with the 6th gen I5, Nvidia 940 4gb vram and 8gb RAM 1TB HDD). I decided that I was going to need to make some improvements on the device so I now have 16GB of RAM and a 120GB SSD. The problem I am having is that after cloning Windows to the new SSD, Windows is still also on the HDD. Not only is this causing me to lose storage space, but it is also causing the boot sequence to wonky. I have about a 50/50 chance of my computer (and the programs that are also on both drives) booting from either the SSD or the HDD. Sometimes my boot up takes 15 seconds like you would expect from the SSD and sometimes it takes about a whole minute because for some reason it booted from the SSD.
So I say all that to say that I would like some guidance on how to delete windows from the old HDD without losing the data that I have downloaded onto it. I I have a few movies, a couple hundred songs, and a TV season on that HDD that I really don't want to have to download again. My end goal is to be able to boot from the SSD and run my games from the SSD but be able to use the HDD as mass storage for things that don't need the speed such as music and movies.

I hope I kept it brief enough for you guys. Thanks in advance for what help y'all can give.
 

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Welcome to Tom's Hardware, @Treyman42!

The surest way to avoid any additional OS confusion while booting your laptop is to format the secondary HDD as @woodson suggested. You can simply use an external hard drive or some other storage device/service where you would easily copy your most precious files. Once you have re-formatted the HDD through Disk management and make sure it's completely wiped, you can simply copy back the files from the back up location onto the HDD and configure it properly as a secondary/mass storage for your system.

Hope it was helpful. Good luck! :)
SuperSoph_WD
 

Treyman42

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Thanks so much. I think I have an old external disk laying around so I will definitely give that a go. Thanks.
 

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