how to get my new ssd up and working?

so my new ssd is coming sometimes next week (samsung 840 evo 250gb) and I need to know what to do exactly in terms of getting it working with my current hard drive and how to get my OS working on it etc.

some basic questions;
is there anyway to install windows on the ssd and use it as my boot drive and still keep all the programs I currently have on the HDD?

Will I need a fresh window install?

how to get steam and some games on the ssd?

if you could even point me to a guide that would be wonderful and just as note my motherboard is: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H61M_LX/
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  1. Some will chime in here saying 'just clone it over'.....however, the best way is:

    Install Windows clean on the SSD. Have ONLY the SSD connected during the install.
    Do all the updates
    Once everything is actually working, reconnect the HDD
    Install your applications where you want. Some on the SSD, some on the HDD

    Steam gives you the choice of what drive or folder to install games to. In the client settings, you can designate multiple locations.

    Also, see this tutorial:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
  2. USAFRet said:
    Some will chime in here saying 'just clone it over'.....however, the best way is:

    Install Windows clean on the SSD. Have ONLY the SSD connected during the install.
    Do all the updates
    Once everything is actually working, reconnect the HDD
    Install your applications where you want. Some on the SSD, some on the HDD

    Steam gives you the choice of what drive or folder to install games to. In the client settings, you can designate multiple locations.

    Also, see this tutorial:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html


    when I recconect the HDD will everything be there? how will that work exactly
  3. Your files will be there. Your applications will need to be reinstalled. Some few applications will work, but the majority really need to be reinstalled with the new OS on the SSD.

    When an application is installed, it makes a LOT of entries in the Registry. The new OS will not know about them. Reinstall as needed.
  4. USAFRet said:
    Your files will be there. Your applications will need to be reinstalled. Some few applications will work, but the majority really need to be reinstalled with the new OS on the SSD.

    When an application is installed, it makes a LOT of entries in the Registry. The new OS will not know about them. Reinstall as needed.


    ahh okay, I'll just delete and reinstall as needed then ; shouldn't take too long

    also thank you for your help
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