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Install Windows 7 to a new SSD and Delete of Current HDD

I've got a new Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD and I want to delete windows off of my HDD and put in on the SSD.

How do I do this and will I lose anything by doing this?
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  1. "will i lose anything" depends on several factors and methods.

    Are you trying to migrate from the HDD to the SSD? What size is the HDD, and how much space is used?

    Are you looking to do a fresh install on the SSD? This is the recommended course of action.
  2. USAFRet said:
    "will i lose anything" depends on several factors and methods.

    Are you trying to migrate from the HDD to the SSD? What size is the HDD, and how much space is used?

    Are you looking to do a fresh install on the SSD? This is the recommended course of action.


    No I don't want to migrate, I'd rather do a fresh install and The HDD is 500GB and has 203GB free of 465GB which also has all my games on it that is wish to keep on there.
  3. iSparky said:
    USAFRet said:
    "will i lose anything" depends on several factors and methods.

    Are you trying to migrate from the HDD to the SSD? What size is the HDD, and how much space is used?

    Are you looking to do a fresh install on the SSD? This is the recommended course of action.


    No I don't want to migrate, I'd rather do a fresh install and The HDD is 500GB and has 203GB free of 465GB which also has all my games on it that is wish to keep on there.


    OK, good. Fresh install is best.

    Take out all the other drives.
    Install the SSD
    Install Windows, and allow it to do whatever updates it wants.

    For your games:
    If Steam or Origin based, you can keep them on the HDD. This gives the general concept: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129

    If they are other...you'll probably have to reinstall them.
  4. USAFRet said:
    iSparky said:
    USAFRet said:
    "will i lose anything" depends on several factors and methods.

    Are you trying to migrate from the HDD to the SSD? What size is the HDD, and how much space is used?

    Are you looking to do a fresh install on the SSD? This is the recommended course of action.


    No I don't want to migrate, I'd rather do a fresh install and The HDD is 500GB and has 203GB free of 465GB which also has all my games on it that is wish to keep on there.


    OK, good. Fresh install is best.

    Take out all the other drives.
    Install the SSD
    Install Windows, and allow it to do whatever updates it wants.

    For your games:
    If Steam or Origin based, you can keep them on the HDD. This gives the general concept: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129

    If they are other...you'll probably have to reinstall them.


    Thanks just one last thing will windows 7 stay on my HDD after installing on my SSD, if it's still there should I delete it or leave it?
  5. Best answer
    iSparky said:
    USAFRet said:
    iSparky said:
    USAFRet said:
    "will i lose anything" depends on several factors and methods.

    Are you trying to migrate from the HDD to the SSD? What size is the HDD, and how much space is used?

    Are you looking to do a fresh install on the SSD? This is the recommended course of action.


    No I don't want to migrate, I'd rather do a fresh install and The HDD is 500GB and has 203GB free of 465GB which also has all my games on it that is wish to keep on there.


    OK, good. Fresh install is best.

    Take out all the other drives.
    Install the SSD
    Install Windows, and allow it to do whatever updates it wants.

    For your games:
    If Steam or Origin based, you can keep them on the HDD. This gives the general concept: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129

    If they are other...you'll probably have to reinstall them.


    Thanks just one last thing will windows 7 stay on my HDD after installing on my SSD, if it's still there should I delete it or leave it?


    Eventually, yes, you should delete it. Just to free up that space.
    Be sure you have everything out of it that you need.

    Also, see this tutorial for managing space on the SSD:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
  6. USAFRet said:
    iSparky said:
    USAFRet said:
    iSparky said:
    USAFRet said:
    "will i lose anything" depends on several factors and methods.

    Are you trying to migrate from the HDD to the SSD? What size is the HDD, and how much space is used?

    Are you looking to do a fresh install on the SSD? This is the recommended course of action.


    No I don't want to migrate, I'd rather do a fresh install and The HDD is 500GB and has 203GB free of 465GB which also has all my games on it that is wish to keep on there.


    OK, good. Fresh install is best.

    Take out all the other drives.
    Install the SSD
    Install Windows, and allow it to do whatever updates it wants.

    For your games:
    If Steam or Origin based, you can keep them on the HDD. This gives the general concept: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129

    If they are other...you'll probably have to reinstall them.


    Thanks just one last thing will windows 7 stay on my HDD after installing on my SSD, if it's still there should I delete it or leave it?


    Eventually, yes, you should delete it. Just to free up that space.
    Be sure you have everything out of it that you need.

    Also, see this tutorial for managing space on the SSD:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html


    Ok thanks for the help!
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