Change Hard Drive as a Default Local Drive

Asked By 10 points N/A Posted on -
qa-featured

 

Hello,

I am explaining my problem:

I have a 120 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive. When you install Windows 7 on my PC, I chose the SSD, so that my system runs faster. My problem is that, it has become the local disk, which contains all the images, documents, videos from default.

I want convert 1 TB hard drive as my local drive. If you know how, I would appreciate your taking time to help me solve this little problem. Thanks.

SHARE
Best Answer by BenGrant
Best Answer
Best Answer
Answered By 0 points N/A #130929

Change Hard Drive as a Default Local Drive

qa-featured

 

I got two choices for you.

  1. If you have a spare storage device that you can put your important files then save all your important files in the spare storage.

    • Shutdown your computer after getting all the important files.
    • Boot your Windows 7. Use the Advanced Settings. Format both your 120 Solid State Drive and 1 TB Hard Disk Drive.
    • Install your Windows 7 in your Hard Disk Drive.
    • If you want to change the drive path of your drives, right click My Computer and select Manage. Go to Storage and then Disk Management. Select a Drive and right click it and choose Change Drive Letter Paths.
  2. If you don't have a spare storage device.

    • Install your Windows 7 in your Hard Disk Drive.
    • You will have to dual boot screen because you have 2 Operating System installed separately in your partition. Select the Operating System in the Hard Disk Drive.
    • Open your Solid State Drive then get your important files and transfer all the important files in your Hard Disk Drive.
    • Right click My Computer and select Manage. Go to Storage and then Disk Management. Select the Solid State Drive then Format.
    • Now you have single boot screen. And you can normally use your  computer now.
Answered By 562865 points N/A #130930

Change Hard Drive as a Default Local Drive

qa-featured

If it is the SSD drive that boots your computer and not the 1 TB hard drive then that means your system drive is residing in the SSD drive. You can make your 1 TB hard drive as the local drive if you will install Microsoft Windows in it but that will be the longest shot.

The shortest way is to transfer the default system drive or drive C in the SSD drive to the TB drive. You can do this by imaging the entire drive C partition and copying it to the TB drive. The TB drive, on the other hand, should not have any partition to make the transfer possible.

You can use Norton Partition Magic to do this. You can download it from Norton Partition Magic 8. It supports Windows 2000, Windows NT, and Windows XP. Once downloaded, install it on your computer. Next, shutdown your computer and disconnect it from the outlet. Open the CPU case and connect your 1 TB hard drive.

Plug it again and start the computer. Start Norton Partition Magic then check the TB drive if there are any partitions in it. Because if the drive has already a partition, you need to either move it to the end of the drive or delete the partition. This is necessary because the drive C partition needs to be at the beginning of the drive.

When the drive is clear, copy the drive C partition from the SSD drive to the TB drive and then apply the task. The job is not yet finished. The newly created partition on the TB drive is not yet bootable because you still need to activate the partition. Once the copying is finished, select the copied partition in the TB drive and make the partition “active”.

This task will require you to restart your computer. Instead of restarting, shut down your computer. Remove the SSD drive from the CPU and replace it with the TB drive and then start the computer. And you’re done. Your computer is now running on your 1 TB hard drive as the local drive instead of the SSD drive.

Since you are using Windows 7 and Norton Partition Magic may not install, install it on a computer with Windows XP and do the copying there. Follow the same procedure but make sure you select the partition from the SSD drive.

Login/Register to Answer

Related Questions