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?
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.