[SOLVED] Reusing a hard drive.

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Got a completely new build with a new SSD that windows is installed on but I have an old drive that has data on it I still want. Do I need to do anything aside from plugging it in for it to work? Or do yall recommend reformating it? I have the data I want backed up on Google Drive accounts so it isn't really a big issue but it is just gonna take way longer for me to get set up.

EDIT: I also want to add that my Downloads, Pictures and Video folder etc etc are all set to be located in my Hard Drive. So I'm not sure whether that would affect anything
 
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This is totally different from your Windows account.

In a Windows OS, each User has its own set of Documents/Music/Download/Videos/etc.
That account is what holds the permissions for those folders.

In the new OS in the new PC...that account does not exist.
Even if it is the same name, it is a different NTFS account.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3841-add-take-ownership-context-menu-windows-10-a.html
 

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EDIT: I also want to add that my Downloads, Pictures and Video folder etc etc are all set to be located in my Hard Drive. So I'm not sure whether that would affect anything
Ah, that may be a semi-minor issue.
If those had been relocated in the OS, then those folders are linked to the original user account.
You'll probably have to go through Take Ownership to actually access that data.
 
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Ah, that may be a semi-minor issue.
If those had been relocated in the OS, then those folders are linked to the original user account.
You'll probably have to go through Take Ownership to actually access that data.
Ahhh, how do I do that and also my Windows is linked to my Microsoft account do I still need to go through the create a new account when I boot up Windows or is there an option to log in?
 

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This is totally different from your Windows account.

In a Windows OS, each User has its own set of Documents/Music/Download/Videos/etc.
That account is what holds the permissions for those folders.

In the new OS in the new PC...that account does not exist.
Even if it is the same name, it is a different NTFS account.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3841-add-take-ownership-context-menu-windows-10-a.html
 
Sep 25, 2019
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This is totally different from your Windows account.

In a Windows OS, each User has its own set of Documents/Music/Download/Videos/etc.
That account is what holds the permissions for those folders.

In the new OS in the new PC...that account does not exist.
Even if it is the same name, it is a different NTFS account.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3841-add-take-ownership-context-menu-windows-10-a.html
Thanks for the links! and also thanks for explaining!
 
Sep 25, 2019
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This is totally different from your Windows account.

In a Windows OS, each User has its own set of Documents/Music/Download/Videos/etc.
That account is what holds the permissions for those folders.

In the new OS in the new PC...that account does not exist.
Even if it is the same name, it is a different NTFS account.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3841-add-take-ownership-context-menu-windows-10-a.html
Oh and I forgot! If I dont need those folders anymore, could I just delete them? As there's literally nothing in them
 

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