ASUS Sabertooth Z87 mobo (Intel Z87 Serial ATA 6.0).
C: drive = 128GB SSD, D: drive = 300GB HDD, E: drive = 1TB HDD (all discrete physical drives).
Windows 8.1 Pro.
The C: drive contains all OS and program files.
The D: drive contains data including many folders that would normally be in the C:/Users/ directory.
The E: drive is used for archival storage and local app data backups.
I want to replace the D: Drive. It’s a 6+ year old SATA 3.0 Velociraptor and I want to replace it with a new WD5000HHTZ SATA 6.0 Velociraptor. I have a USB3 > SATA docking station and don’t expect to have any trouble copying the data from the old drive to the new, but I’m a little unsure about how to actually replace the old internal drive with the new one without suffering some “drive identity” grief.
The new drive will probably be drive H: while it’s plugged into the SATA docking station and I’m copying data to it, but it needs to be recognized as drive D: when I physically replace the old internal drive with it. In an ideal world Windows would automatically do that if I use the same SATA port as the old drive is plugged into, but I seem to recall having to deal with a nightmare the last time I assumed that would happen (Intel X48 - Windows Vista).
So can anyone tell me how to do this drive swap intellegently (read: with a minimum amount of grief)? I would prefer to do it without having to play musical chairs with the drive letters after I swap the drives. I also don’t want to break Windows 8.1 because it suddenly can’t find drive D: and the folders that would normally be in C:/Users/.