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April 22, 2014 9:25:25 PM

Hello,
I currently have windows 7 on my 1TB HDD and I am trying to get a 60gb SSD specifically to booting up Windows 7.
Does that mean I would have to remove the OS on my 1TB HDD?
And would I be able to play games on my 1TB even though my OS is on my SSD?

Thankyou. Any input is appreciated :) 

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a b G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
April 22, 2014 9:30:13 PM

no not technically, you can still leave the OS installed on the TB and also have a different OS on the SSD. its a matter of setting which one to boot FROM in the BIOS settings. Im not sure if you can have the same windows license key on both drives (as ive never tried) but i dont see any reason why it wouldnt work!

and yes games installed onto the TB drive can still work with the SSD (but they may have to be installed while booted from the SSD, and u save the download or install path to the TB drive. once you launch the game it will launch from the TB drive as normal.
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April 23, 2014 9:59:43 AM

How would you save the download or install path on the TB drive? Is it like creating a shortcut?
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April 23, 2014 11:37:14 AM

Install the OS onto the SSD, then remove the OS from the 1 TB drive.

To get your games to work is pretty easy. Steam games will be the easiest. For them, just create a desktop shortcut for steam, then run steam, and for every game in your library that you want to have an icon on your desktop, simply right click on the game title in your library and click "add shortcut to desktop". The game will now start with that new icon.
You can do the same thing for Origin and Uplay.

For games not in those clients, just make a desktop shortcut for the exe file that is in the game's folder.

Done.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 23, 2014 8:18:16 PM

RCguitarist said:
Install the OS onto the SSD, then remove the OS from the 1 TB drive.

To get your games to work is pretty easy. Steam games will be the easiest. For them, just create a desktop shortcut for steam, then run steam, and for every game in your library that you want to have an icon on your desktop, simply right click on the game title in your library and click "add shortcut to desktop". The game will now start with that new icon.
You can do the same thing for Origin and Uplay.

For games not in those clients, just make a desktop shortcut for the exe file that is in the game's folder.

Done.


if you have the space to spare, leave the windows boot files (dont format it or anything) on the TB in case your SSD fails, you can revert back that drive as the boot option in the BIOS (until your new SSD arrives in the mail or whatever). If you are running out of space, and push comes to shove, then uninstall it.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 23, 2014 9:33:08 PM

Make sure to disconnect the 1TB drive before installing Windows 7 on the SSD. When the Windows installation is complete you can reconnect the 1TB drive. If you don't disconnect the 1TB drive first Windows may install the bootloader on that drive which is something you don't want if you ever want to go back to the 1TB drive as your OS drive.
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April 23, 2014 11:10:25 PM

Beezy said:
RCguitarist said:
Install the OS onto the SSD, then remove the OS from the 1 TB drive.

To get your games to work is pretty easy. Steam games will be the easiest. For them, just create a desktop shortcut for steam, then run steam, and for every game in your library that you want to have an icon on your desktop, simply right click on the game title in your library and click "add shortcut to desktop". The game will now start with that new icon.
You can do the same thing for Origin and Uplay.

For games not in those clients, just make a desktop shortcut for the exe file that is in the game's folder.

Done.


if you have the space to spare, leave the windows boot files (dont format it or anything) on the TB in case your SSD fails, you can revert back that drive as the boot option in the BIOS (until your new SSD arrives in the mail or whatever). If you are running out of space, and push comes to shove, then uninstall it.


Beezy has a great point.
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