Question Reorganise HDD and SSD

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Hi all,

I've just upgraded my daughter's PC and transfered her HDD to an SSD, and am using the HDD as additional storage.
Now she's got an almost full SSD and I want to move some of the folders to the HDD (Documents, pictures, videos, etc).
How can I do this please?

Thanks.
 

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Hi all,

I've just upgraded my daughter's PC and transfered her HDD to an SSD, and am using the HDD as additional storage.
Now she's got an almost full SSD and I want to move some of the folders to the HDD (Documents, pictures, videos, etc).
How can I do this please?

Thanks.
Do NOT move the folders.
Well, you can, but it has to be done in a certain way and often causes problems.

What are the size of these drives?
How are these file types saved to the existing folders? Windows and applications have gotten really good at utilizing multiple drives.
 

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the best way to do this is simply make a folder called pics/video/docs etc. then move whatever you want to store to those folders.

trying to move the actual windows libraries is not so simple. it can b done but it can cause a lot of issues and problems.

best bet is simply make a folder on the hdd and move whatever to it,
 
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Do NOT move the folders.
Well, you can, but it has to be done in a certain way and often causes problems.

What are the size of these drives?
How are these file types saved to the existing folders? Windows and applications have gotten really good at utilizing multiple drives.
The SSD is 240gb and the HDD is 500gb.
There is currently only 30gb free on the SSD.
The whole system was HDD until this afternoon and I used DiskGenius to migrate Windows to the SSD.
Now everything is just on the SSD.
I've also got the added joy of losing the Windows activation, but I've got a new serial on its way.
 

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The SSD is 240gb and the HDD is 500gb.
There is currently only 30gb free on the SSD.
The whole system was HDD until this afternoon and I used DiskGenius to migrate Windows to the SSD.
Now everything is just on the SSD.
I've also got the added joy of losing the Windows activation, but I've got a new serial on its way.
Migration from HDD to SSD should have incurred NO activation issues.
None.

I use Macrium Reflect for that, and it NEVER causes an activation issue.


So....create a top level folder on the HDD.
Call it MyStuff
Subfolders of MyDocs, MyVids, etc, etc.

From the default Windows Libraries, copy the files within to those new folders.
Not the actual Lib, but just the folders within.

Later, when you save something, point your application at the relevant folder on the HDD.
 
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I've definately lost the serial.
I've upgraded everything. Only the HDD remains and that's now formatted.
It was a Core2 Q6600 system and now it's an i9 9900KF system.
I'll sort the folders out tomorrow. After having installed 6 of the 9 fans the wrong way around, I'm done.
It looks bloody good though. I'd recommend the GameMax Gravity case with a second hub kit.

Thanks for your quick response.
I often use this site for info. This is my first post.

Thanks again.
 

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I've definately lost the serial.
I've upgraded everything. Only the HDD remains and that's now formatted.
It was a Core2 Q6600 system and now it's an i9 9900KF system.
Oh...THATs why.
Not the migration from HDD to SSD, but rather the whole new system.

You may want to consider a whole new install in this new thing.

When changing the whole system like this, and using the old drive and OS (a clone counts as the old), there are 3 possible outcomes:
  1. It works just fine
  2. It fails completely
  3. It works, but you're chasing issues for weeks/months
#1 is the least likely to occur.
Coming from a Core 2 to an i9-9900....yeah, that needs a full fresh install.


And with a little prep (or asking here) you probably did NOT need to buy a new license.
 
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I've bought an activation serial for £8.
It's paid for through PayPal so if it's fake, I'll have it refunded.
Fingers crossed I don't need to spend any more on the PC.
The only issue now is, my PC has an i5 2400 which does what I need it to (max RAM, SSD and no kids allowed), but now I want an i9.
 

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I've bought an activation serial for £8.
It's paid for through PayPal so if it's fake, I'll have it refunded.
Fingers crossed I don't need to spend any more on the PC.
The only issue now is, my PC has an i5 2400 which does what I need it to (max RAM, SSD and no kids allowed), but now I want an i9.
OK...majorly confused...
Where does the i5-2400 come into play?

But the £8 "activation serial" is not merely the cost and whether you get a refund....but rather what level of criminal activity do you want to support?

Anyway...
Disregarding your licensing issues...moving to all new hardware often/usually requires a full fresh OS install.
 
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My PC has the i5 2400, my daughter's PC has been upgraded from a Q6600.
Now I want the setup I've bought her.
The company I've bought from recycles serial numbers from old PCs.
I've received my serial and it's worked seamlessly using the change serial function in Windows.
I didn't need to disconnect the internet, turn off the antivirus, select phone activation and run a keygen.
It's perfectly geniune.
The OS seems to be running fine now. Some admin on the crap she's got installed is needed.
I've got a discount code up my sleeve if I do need to buy a new OS, but I'm confident it's ok.
I've run the user benchmark score app and the processor is an impressive 98.9%.
She's going to be on me for a graphics next. Her GTX 750 is scoring 14%.
 

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For the OS license, Win 10 is generally really good about moving to new hardware.
IF you do a teeny bit of upfront checking.

For the OS activation, read and do this before you change any parts:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change


For the actual operation:
userbenchmark is a poor tool, even in the best of conditions.
Sure, it says the CPU is xx%. That means nothing for the actual operation of the system.

You may have gotten lucky. This time.
Or maybe not. You may find little oddities cropping up from time to time.


For your next parts swap....prepare.
Get all your ducks in a row first, swap the parts around, and do a full wipe and reinstall.
 

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