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December 6, 2013 4:36:27 PM

ok so i have an hdd in my pc currently but i just got a brand new ssd, and i just want to put my OS on it for now. will the hdd being in there cause any conflict with the ssd?

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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 4:41:13 PM

Assuming you have installation media and a valid activation key.... the basic steps are: disconnect the HDD, install the SSD, install the OS.

There are a few optimization guides around, here and elsewhere.
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December 6, 2013 5:02:14 PM

well im wanting the ssd and the hdd to kind of coincide lol you know what i mean? will they work that way? if so how do i do that?
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 5:09:08 PM

SARGE3019 said:
well im wanting the ssd and the hdd to kind of coincide lol you know what i mean? will they work that way? if so how do i do that?


Yes yes. After the OS install, reconnect the HDD. No problems. Many, many people, incl myself, have that configuration.
I have 2 x SSD amd 2 x HDD in this current system.
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December 6, 2013 5:10:27 PM

so do i need to uninstall windows on the hdd? before i install it on the ssd?
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 5:11:52 PM

SARGE3019 said:
so do i need to uninstall windows on the hdd? before i install it on the ssd?


If you have all your critical stuff saved elsewhere, you can just remove all partitions on the HDD and reformat.
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December 6, 2013 5:12:54 PM

the current hdd is the only memory i have in my system at the moment
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 5:16:34 PM

OK:
1. What size SSD are you looking at?
2. What do you currently do with the PC?
3. Do you have the OS and other install disks/files for your applications?
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December 6, 2013 5:17:54 PM

128gb ssd, game on it, and yes i have the windows 8 disk
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December 6, 2013 5:20:21 PM

i guess my main concern is, when i install the ssd, will i have to reformat the hdd so it doesn't have windows on it anymore?
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 5:54:51 PM

SARGE3019 said:
i guess my main concern is, when i install the ssd, will i have to reformat the hdd so it doesn't have windows on it anymore?


Eventually, yes. Just to reclaim that space.

So, what you do is - Prep everything before the SSD install.
Save all your personal documents to a folder tree outside of the current Windows install
If you use Steam, save the SteamApps folder there as well. That holds all your games. Similar with Origin.
Install the SSD
Install the OS
With a 128GB (like I have) you can actually install more applications than you may think. So install a bunch of your applications on the SSD as well

So, now that you have the actual system up and running, you can point the Steam client at that location on the HDD. The actual games can live on the HDD. Or both.
Play away.
Blow away the Windows install on the HDD as necessary. Doesn't necessarily have to be reformatted. But you should probably go in to Disk Management and remove the original System Reserved partition from that drive.
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December 6, 2013 6:01:16 PM

will it work for right now if i dont uninstall windows from it?
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December 6, 2013 6:02:40 PM

ohhh alright sorry i gotcha, how do i remove the system reserved partition?
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 6:06:36 PM

SARGE3019 said:
ohhh alright sorry i gotcha, how do i remove the system reserved partition?


Disk Management
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December 6, 2013 6:10:31 PM

oh ok i found it, so you say i should just install the ssd and remove that partition of the hdd titled system reserved?
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 6:12:56 PM

SARGE3019 said:
oh ok i found it, so you say i should just install the ssd and remove that partition of the hdd titled system reserved?


After the OS is installed on the SSD, and everything is working as expected.
Also.....as you are installing the SSD - AHCI mode in the BIOS
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 6:13:45 PM

It's not critical to remove that System Reserved partition on the HDD, but once the OS is on the SSD, one less thing to worry about.
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December 6, 2013 6:13:50 PM

so hook up the ssd, then boot to bios and put it in AHCI mode?
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December 6, 2013 6:14:34 PM

so i should still have all my games and stuff on the old hdd right?
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 6:17:19 PM

SARGE3019 said:
so hook up the ssd, then boot to bios and put it in AHCI mode?


Yes.
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December 6, 2013 6:18:03 PM

and then install windows?
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 6:19:34 PM

SARGE3019 said:
so i should still have all my games and stuff on the old hdd right?


Yes, but....

All your applications need to be reinstalled. Some of them may work, but it is far better to reinstall. Put them on the SSD.
Your games, especially Steam, can be moved around easily. See this: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=741...

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December 6, 2013 6:23:44 PM

so the files for the games should be on the hdd still but i would need to reinstall the apps on the ssd? like say origin, steam, uplay? but i shouldn't have to re-download games?
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December 6, 2013 6:24:06 PM

and what about drivers and things of that sort?
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 6:35:35 PM

SARGE3019 said:
so the files for the games should be on the hdd still but i would need to reinstall the apps on the ssd? like say origin, steam, uplay? but i shouldn't have to re-download games?


Exactly. Reinstall the game clients, and then point them at wherever you have the actual game files. In Steam, it is in Settings/Downloads/Steam Library Folders.
Origin is similar. Don't know about uplay...never used it.
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a c 87 } Memory
December 6, 2013 6:37:37 PM

SARGE3019 said:
and what about drivers and things of that sort?


All that standard stuff goes on the boot drive, the SSD. I have a 128GB Kingston. Win 8 Pro, Adobe Lightroom, Corev Video Studio, MS Office, etc, etc, etc....a BUNCH of applications. Currently about 50GB used.

There is plenty of space. Applications, aside from games, don't take up a lot of space.
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