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Building new computer. Have a few questions

Ok I know this question has been beat to death many times over. Ok I'm building a new computer in a few weeks and want to get a few things cleared up. I already have a computer with everything installed on my WD blue 1tb hard drive. Im buying an ssd for fresh install of OS. Can I still just plug in my hard drive and access my programs after installing OS on ssd with hard drive unplugged of course. I have windows 7 on hard drive but will have windows 8.1 on SSD. Im not transferring anything over to the ssd it will just be windows 8.1 on there. What do I need to do to make this work step-by-step?
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  1. I think I know what you mean. You CAN access your programs that are on the hard drive but they will not be recognized by the control panel.

    You're going to want to just do a full reinstall on any programs/drivers on the new SSD you're buying. The HDD should really only hold data and the SSD should handle all the system files.
  2. Few, if any, of the programs installed on your current HDD will work when accessed from the new SSD. You will need to re-install your programs and, if desired, redirect installation files to the HDD.

    Yogi
  3. Krazeee said:
    I think I know what you mean. You CAN access your programs that are on the hard drive but they will not be recognized by the control panel.

    You're going to want to just do a full reinstall on any programs/drivers on the new SSD you're buying. The HDD should really only hold data and the SSD should handle all the system files.

    Yeah I plan on doing a fresh install of all windows updates, gpu, mobo drivers etc.. but I shouldnt have a problem playing all of my steam games or anything because their on my wd blue 1tb hard drive right? And does it matter that they were installed with windows 7 because ill have windows 8 as my main OS
  4. Krazeee said:
    I think I know what you mean. You CAN access your programs that are on the hard drive but they will not be recognized by the control panel.

    You're going to want to just do a full reinstall on any programs/drivers on the new SSD you're buying. The HDD should really only hold data and the SSD should handle all the system files.

    Yeah I plan on doing a fresh install of all windows updates, gpu, mobo drivers etc.. but I shouldnt have a problem playing all of my steam games or anything because their on my wd blue 1tb hard drive right? And does it matter that they were installed with windows 7 because ill have windows 8 as my main OS
  5. So I guess im still slightly confused lol so I should just wipe my hard drive clean and start over? Are there any files that can be salvaged... say back them up to external hard drive and then bring them back once it's wiped clean? My wife has school notes saved on the HDD and will be greatly pissed if they disappear :P
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    If it were me, I would backup everything and then re-install. Although you can transfer a Steam installation, there my be some differences in the games going from Win 7 to 8.1.

    Here is some info on transferring Steam: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129

    Yogi
  7. Omg im a retard!!! I have windows 8 on my pc now not win 7 wow lol long day. Here's my quick story. I jumped the gun way to quick and bought the Ibuypower revolt when it first came out. Yeah it's great and all but then I realized you really cant upgrade it when the time comes so now im buying some new parts like case, mobo, psu, im keeping the cpu which is an i7 3770 and gpu-gtx 660 and the hard drive and replacing the ram. It came with win 8 so it makes me think it's tied to the motherboard. I was under the impression "oh I can just plug and play on the new comp no problem" ..boy was I wrong. Now im having to buy all these new parts and it's becoming a headache really especially since it's not as easy as just plugging in your old hard drive and rockin on. So im hearing all this stuff I have to do/buy and it sucks lol I can't use internet to do a free upgrade to 8.1 because I only have 5gb of internet a month so yeah I still use a optical drive to install games and then a 1gb or so for patches (steam) so yeah that's why I have that question
  8. Having Win 8 already should simplify things. You should be able to migrate your Steam Library and all of your games will be compatible. Just don't forget to backup all of Mom's papers!

    Yogi
  9. Y0GI said:
    Having Win 8 already should simplify things. You should be able to migrate your Steam Library and all of your games will be compatible. Just don't forget to backup all of Mom's papers!

    Yogi

    Hey thanks for the help yogi and everyone else. Let me make sure I have this right before we part ways lol Back up the files I want and then reformat the hard drive?Drag the files back into the hard drive from external drive? Am I making this more confusing than what it really is? lol Im just not sure about all of the computer lingo I guess. I think I just need a step-by-step tutorial to get it right like starting when the computer is built and every component is installed and windows 8.1 is on the SSD
  10. Do not delete any files from the HDD and do not format the HDD. Get Win 8.1 up and running on the SSD and then migrate your Steam folder to the SSD. I'm no expert on Steam, but as I understand it, you "should" be able to keep your games on the HDD. AFTER you have Win 8.1 up and running on the SSD and after you have Steam up and running, THEN look at your HDD and decide what to keep and what to delete.

    Yogi
  11. Y0GI said:
    Do not delete any files from the HDD and do not format the HDD. Get Win 8.1 up and running on the SSD and then migrate your Steam folder to the SSD. I'm no expert on Steam, but as I understand it, you "should" be able to keep your games on the HDD. AFTER you have Win 8.1 up and running on the SSD and after you have Steam up and running, THEN look at your HDD and decide what to keep and what to delete.

    Yogi

    Ok I think I got it. Thanks again yogi
  12. You're quite welcome!

    One other minor point: Disconnect the cables from the HDD while installing Win 8.1. Otherwise, Windows "may" install some hidden boot files on the HDD. After Win 8.1 installation is complete, shut down and reconnect the HDD.

    Yogi
  13. Y0GI said:
    You're quite welcome!

    One other minor point: Disconnect the cables from the HDD while installing Win 8.1. Otherwise, Windows "may" install some hidden boot files on the HDD. After Win 8.1 installation is complete, shut down and reconnect the HDD.

    Yogi


    Ok cool
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