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Got a new SSD, can I keep the programs on the old hard drive?

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August 31, 2013 6:12:43 PM

I have an interesting question. I just bought a 128GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD to sue as a boot drive, and to have some games and stuff as well. I also want to have my 500GB drive as my programs drive, however it already has many programs that I want to keep on it. Now my question is, can I still use the programs on the old hard drive with my SSD as the boot drive? I.E. run the programs off the 500GB HDD.

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a c 288 G Storage
August 31, 2013 6:31:29 PM

The reason is that your installed programs will have registry entries on the "C" drive.
When you do a clean install of windows on the ssd, you will get a registry that knows nothing about your old installed programs.

Samsung does have a clone app(magician) that will copy your hard drive to one of their ssd's, That is assuming that your new ssd has enough space to hold all the data.
a c 411 G Storage
August 31, 2013 10:58:22 PM

^5 +1 what geofelt said.

There are cloning applications that work reasonably well for the vast majority of users. However, sometimes a glitch or problem develops. A fresh clean install of the operating system and applications is the preferred method.
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