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March 9, 2014 12:06:24 PM

I have a quick question: if i want to install windows 7 on my new ssd, can i use the same product key as the one on my hard drive? Also, can i still access all the programs on my hard drive (since the hard drive will still be used)? Thanks in advance.

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March 9, 2014 12:14:44 PM

Yes you can use the same key.
You will have to reinstall all your applications. The new OS and registry will not know about them.
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March 9, 2014 12:15:24 PM

Yes, but that will unregister the license key from the copy on your on your harddrive.

No, you'll need to reinstall your programs.


Better suggestion: clone your HDD onto your SSD (I use Clonezilla for cloning).

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March 9, 2014 12:16:08 PM

Yes you can reinstall Win 7 on your new SSD and use the same key. When installing Windows to a SSD it is best to leave the HDD unplugged during the install. After Windows is completely done installing, then shutdown, unplug from the wall, and then plug the HDD back in. Your files on your HDD will still be usable but installed programs will mostly need to be reinstalled. Some games and programs like WoW and SC2 don't need to be reinstalled though. Also - before installing Windows on the SSD make sure that the "SATA Mode" is set to "AHCI" in the system BIOS. Most newer motherboards have this set to default but some older boards have it set to "IDE" as default. Just check and make sure its set to "AHCI" before installing Win 7 on the SSD.
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March 9, 2014 2:49:03 PM

Thank-you for everyone relying so fast.
But wouldnt it better for me to format my hard drive since i cant use the programs on it. Also, is there a way to copy only some programs onto my ssd (hard drive has 470GB filled and ssd is only 128GB)
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March 9, 2014 2:51:01 PM

Mr_Snipe said:
Thank-you for everyone relying so fast.
But wouldnt it better for me to format my hard drive since i cant use the programs on it. Also, is there a way to copy only some programs onto my ssd (hard drive has 470GB filled and ssd is only 128GB)


No. You can't 'copy' programs, and you can't migrate 'some'.

Find all of your install disks and install files. Reinstall as needed.
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March 9, 2014 3:13:26 PM

Most programs from the HDD will have to be reinstalled. This is because most programs rely on their install programs to make the necessary registry entries among other things. Once you have installed Windows on your SSD, you can reinstall the programs on the HDD or on the SSD whichever you like.

Certain programs (like WoW) can create registry entries as needed when they launch. This is why you wouldn't need to reinstall that type of program. But these types of programs aren't nearly as common.

So my suggestion is to install Windows on the SSD and then try your programs from the HDD. Programs that don't work will need to be reinstalled. Once you've installed the SSD you can reinstall the programs to the HDD or to the SSD, either will work. I'm just not aware of a easy workaround for what you are trying to accomplish.
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March 11, 2014 6:14:03 AM

Mr_Snipe said:
Also, is there a way to copy only some programs onto my ssd (hard drive has 470GB filled and ssd is only 128GB)


Yes, by cloning the HDD, here's what I would do:

Uninstall/delete/move stuff off your harddrive until there is less than 128Gb of data on there.
Use Clonezilla (or similar) to clone your harddrive onto your SSD
Format the HDD.

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March 11, 2014 10:56:52 PM

Okay, so i did a clean install of win 7 on my ssd, so should i format my harddrive now or should i try and use it as is? Because i do not want to hurt performance or anything else
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March 11, 2014 11:56:20 PM

I would have and did use AOMEI partition assistant to move system drive (Win 7) from HDD to SSD. Only took 40 minutes. Good to know for the future.

It doesn't matter where you move your backups from.
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