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Extracting files from my old HDD to New SSD

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January 6, 2014 9:35:58 AM

I'm not too sure to explain this..

I plan to use an SSD as my boot drive with my current HDD as a storage drive. I have a clean install of windows 7 on the SSD. There are various files(a few programs, games, music and films) on the HDD that I want to take onto my SSD before I format the HDD and install it as a storage drive. I will then take the majority of the games and all my music and films and put them on my "new" blank storage drive.

What is the best way to go about this? I have an external 500GB hard drive but the transfer speeds are really slow for some reason.. Would it be possible for me to boot up from the SSD but still access all the data on the HDD even though it has the same copy of windows 7 installed? Would this be quicker than using an external hard drive (for some reason I can only get transfer speeds of like 25Mbps) I'm not sure if I've explained this well enough haha

ALSO: I don't want to clone my hard drive, it's full of shit I've had for years that just takes up space. I have about 250GB of stuff that I want to keep

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January 6, 2014 9:43:20 AM

sure, when you boot from the ssd the windows on the hdd isn't starting up.

edit: it's also better to do this, since if there are any issues you need to find them out/fix them before you wipe out the old hdd. games and programs you may need to reinstall completely since most will copy stuff in the windows installation folders when you install them. movies and music you can just copy to the ssd before cleaning the hdd.
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January 6, 2014 9:47:45 AM

laviniuc said:
sure, when you boot from the ssd the windows on the hdd isn't starting up.

edit: it's also better to do this, since if there are any issues you need to find them out/fix them before you wipe out the old hdd. games and programs you may need to reinstall completely since most will copy stuff in the windows installation folders when you install them. movies and music you can just copy to the ssd before cleaning the hdd.


Great, only thing is.. I have 250 GB of stuff i want and my SSD is 250GB with only around 200 free.. should I just put some stuff onto my external hard drive first?
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January 6, 2014 9:48:57 AM

yeah after setting up the ssd make sure its selected as the boot drive, then add your old HDD, boot off the ssd, move your stuff, wipe the old. just make sure youre working from the correct installation
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January 6, 2014 9:51:46 AM

Blurt said:
laviniuc said:
sure, when you boot from the ssd the windows on the hdd isn't starting up.

edit: it's also better to do this, since if there are any issues you need to find them out/fix them before you wipe out the old hdd. games and programs you may need to reinstall completely since most will copy stuff in the windows installation folders when you install them. movies and music you can just copy to the ssd before cleaning the hdd.


Great, only thing is.. I have 250 GB of stuff i want and my SSD is 250GB with only around 200 free.. should I just put some stuff onto my external hard drive first?


well as i said, the games and programs you'll need to reinstall anyway. you can use as much space as you can fill up on the ssd and the rest you'll need to copy on the external. movies no need to archive as you won't gain any space
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January 6, 2014 10:41:58 AM

laviniuc said:
Blurt said:
laviniuc said:
sure, when you boot from the ssd the windows on the hdd isn't starting up.

edit: it's also better to do this, since if there are any issues you need to find them out/fix them before you wipe out the old hdd. games and programs you may need to reinstall completely since most will copy stuff in the windows installation folders when you install them. movies and music you can just copy to the ssd before cleaning the hdd.


Great, only thing is.. I have 250 GB of stuff i want and my SSD is 250GB with only around 200 free.. should I just put some stuff onto my external hard drive first?


well as i said, the games and programs you'll need to reinstall anyway. you can use as much space as you can fill up on the ssd and the rest you'll need to copy on the external. movies no need to archive as you won't gain any space


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