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SSD for OS Only. Keep settings and users on HDD

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April 2, 2013 8:55:29 PM

I just built a new Intel PC and I installed Windows 7 on the SSD. I have my HDD connected as drive F that I used in my previous build and I'd like to have everything as it was in my old build (users, desktop wallpaper/icons, settings, etc) running normally. I'm just sitting here with a fresh instal of Windows 7 and with my old hard drive connected just as in external drive and I'm clueless on what to do.

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April 2, 2013 9:05:29 PM

Wow... Well first of all, you went about this the wrong way. Do you have another larger external HDD???

If not, I am afraid you will have to use the new windows. Did your whole build change?
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April 2, 2013 9:07:38 PM

Novuake said:
Wow... Well first of all, you went about this the wrong way. Do you have another larger external HDD???

If not, I am afraid you will have to use the new windows. Did your whole build change?


I have another external drive. My old build is AMD.
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April 2, 2013 9:15:30 PM

zxo said:
Novuake said:
Wow... Well first of all, you went about this the wrong way. Do you have another larger external HDD???

If not, I am afraid you will have to use the new windows. Did your whole build change?


I have another external drive. My old build is AMD.


Rebuild the old PC then. Transfer as much data as you can that is not part of Windows. There needs to be less data on the Windows drive than you can fit on the SSD.

You can then use imaging software to image your old windows and just move it to the SSD.
Unfortunately the chances ARE VERY good that the windows install will not work. So then you will need to do a Windows repair and HOPE it works. Since it is a new build the drivers will differ a lot, this causes windows to not boot.
Chances are it won't work...

IT REALLY IS MUCH SIMPLER TO USE THE NEW WINDOWS INSTALL...
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April 2, 2013 9:27:42 PM

Isn't there a way to just change where the users folder is? So make it F:/Users intead of C:/Users?
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April 2, 2013 9:28:11 PM

You can also use the File and Transfer Wizard in Windows 7 to save all your old settings and move them to a new installation:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Transfer-fi...

You'll need to put your old hard drive back in as the main drive and boot to it, then run the wizard and export the files to an external drive or folder on that drive. Then put the SSD back in and boot to it. User the wizard to import from the folder / drive you saved to. You may need to hook that drive to a SATA port (not USB) as I seem to remember issues using USB in the past. Then you should have your icons and favorites back. You'll still need to reinstall most of your applications.

Good Luck.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 2, 2013 9:29:35 PM

zxo said:
Isn't there a way to just change where the users folder is? So make it F:/Users intead of C:/Users?


NO you can not unfortunately. What Gavin said will work, but all of you games and application will need to be reinstalled.
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April 2, 2013 9:30:54 PM

zxo said:
Isn't there a way to just change where the users folder is? So make it F:/Users intead of C:/Users?


I don't think the new installation will see that old user folder as a valid user. If only it was that simple :) 
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April 2, 2013 9:35:26 PM

My old computer is completely disassembled and there is no chance of putting it back together. Since it was AMD, I can't boot from the HDD or else I'll get a blue screen. What can I do?
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April 2, 2013 9:36:45 PM

zxo said:
My old computer is completely disassembled and there is no chance of putting it back together. Since it was AMD, I can't boot from the HDD or else I'll get a blue screen. What can I do?


Nothing more than what we have already suggested... SOrry.
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April 2, 2013 9:44:07 PM

What am I supposed to do then?
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April 2, 2013 9:46:10 PM

zxo said:
What am I supposed to do then?


Use the new Windows installation. Re install and change the Windows to what you want it to look like...
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April 2, 2013 9:51:42 PM

If you have win 7 as a fresh install , and your old pc still intact this is pretty simple

Just follow the instructions
http://www.nextofwindows.com/how-to-change-user-profile...

Once that is done , and you have reinstalled all your programs, use a USB transfer cable between the 2 pc's and the windows file and settings transfer wizard.

It will take some time depending on how large your files are but it should happen without any trouble
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April 2, 2013 10:40:31 PM

I'm still confused on what to do. I can't rebuild my old system. I have a macrium image backup but I don't know what to do with it.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 2, 2013 10:59:59 PM

Then do the user profile change and try connecting your old hard drive to another sata port when thats done .

You should still be able to just copy all your files , and maybe your settings
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