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Installing SSD and best way of transferring programs/games

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January 23, 2014 12:35:52 PM

I just bought a new SSD, the 240GB Intel 530 series, that I want to add to my desktop. I have a 1TB HDD already. I believe I can handle the installation but the part that I am most concerned about is the transfer of primarily my games (Most are steam games and two are origin games).

This might sound odd but I do not want to put the OS on the SSD if I don't need to. Just certain games.

The questions I have are:
Is it necessary to put the OS on the SSD?
What is the best program and/or process for transfering the games from the HDD to the SSD?

If the OS is necessary then what would be the best way of getting onto the SSD?

Thank you in advance!

If you need more information about the computer I will be happy to oblige.

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January 23, 2014 12:41:53 PM

There is lots of cloning software out there. I haven't used it though so I don't know if you can clone specific directories. It is a little strange to not put the OS on the SSD. You will have lots of room after the OS, even after updates it shouldn't be more than 30-40GB.
You just want your games to load super fast? Putting windows on the SSD will give you big performance gains loading windows and opening random applications.
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January 23, 2014 1:36:21 PM

mf Red said:
There is lots of cloning software out there. I haven't used it though so I don't know if you can clone specific directories. It is a little strange to not put the OS on the SSD. You will have lots of room after the OS, even after updates it shouldn't be more than 30-40GB.
You just want your games to load super fast? Putting windows on the SSD will give you big performance gains loading windows and opening random applications.


Thank you for the response!

I totally agree that it is strange not to put the OS on there.

Part of the reason that I do not want to put the OS on there is because of the process. From what I've been told and what I have researched it seems to require me cloning my entire hard drive which has around 500GB of data on there. Since I only have a 240GB SSD the processes I have seen to get the OS on there seemed to be long and complicated. I am not opposed to the idea of putting the OS on there at all. It's just something that I do not feel comfortable doing by myself.

I could feasibly uninstall all of my games, since they are all Steam and Origin games besides one, and clear my HDD lower it below 240GB.
I suppose I am a little lost when it comes to the best method of getting the most out of my SSD.

Is there a way of putting the OS on the SSD without cloning the entire HDD?
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January 23, 2014 2:01:14 PM

If you have the original install disk its pretty easy to install windows on the SSD. That or cloning are the only options i know of. Plus side, if you do a fresh install of windows on the new SSD, you won't need to re-install your steam library. You just install steam again and it can pick up your installed steam libraries.
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January 23, 2014 2:21:07 PM

It's a plus side like that that makes me wish I had built the computer rather than buy it. I would have to clone since I do not have an install disk for Windows. But the cloning won't be a problem now because I cleared up my HDD down to 226GB and can take 40GB more off until after I do this.

Thank you!
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