Transferring games and programs to new SSD?

I've decided to add a 128GB mSATA SSD to my laptop since I have a spot free to improve performance. Currently my main drive is a 1TB HDD with 500GB used and probably about 250GB of that is games and applications. I've read to clone my HDD I need to be able to fit all of my main drive onto my new one. (is this correct?)

My problem is a lot of what I have are Steam games and Origin games that I do not want to have to redownload over again along with a few digital applications.
I do not want it all on my new SSD but I would like to pick and choose some of the more demanding games/apps and copy to the SSD which would still be nauseating to download again on my speeds. Is there some way to do this without having to reinstall?

I will still have the 1TB HDD in my laptop and my plan was install Windows 8 to the SSD and delete it from my HDD, will my applications and games on the HDD still be usable if I do that? What steps can I take here?
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  2. I'd recommend a fresh install of Windows, especially if you're moving from HDD to SSD. It just less likely to create problems. All I had to do was disconnect my HDD, install Windows on SSD, and reconnect HDD. Backed up (moved) all the files I wanted and then formatted the drive.

    Cheeck out this article for SSD optimization. Could save yo in the long run.

    Also check out this article on how to move your Steam games. I'm sure there are different ways to do this.
  3. Thanks I ended up just reinstalling everything after I upgraded my internet speeds.
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