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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.

    http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-ultimate-windows-8-edition/

    Also check out this article on how to move your Steam games. I'm sure there are different ways to do this.

    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129
  3. Thanks I ended up just reinstalling everything after I upgraded my internet speeds.
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