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May 1, 2014 12:39:22 PM

So I am building a new PC after many years of using the same old system. I have all the new parts (gtx 770, core i5 4670k, asus z87, 1600 8gbs ram, and a 120gb ssd). I have my old 1TB WD blue with all my games, documents, powerpoints, etc. with windows 8.1 installed on it. When I put together this new build (I want to put the os on the ssd) what should I do? Do i connect both the ssd and the hdd to the motherboard and then select the ssd to boot from? How would I access my old data? Thanks.

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May 1, 2014 12:50:23 PM

I presume you mean you are going to install Win8 on the new SSD*. Then you want to install Steam and/or Origin and play the games that are on the HDD... from the HDD. If so.

Read this for installing the SSD w/Win8. It will guide you through the possible pitfalls: http://www.overclock.net/t/1240779/seans-windows-8-inst...

Then for playing games from Origin, just go to Origin/Application Settings/Advanced. Click on Download Games/Change... and browse to the HDD's location.

For Steam read this. https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=741...


*But keep in mind, that if you try to transfere the OS from the HDD to the SSD, the new MB will probably not allow you to boot to Win8 if it is too different from the old MB.
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May 2, 2014 7:39:57 AM

clutchc said:
I presume you mean you are going to install Win8 on the new SSD*. Then you want to install Steam and/or Origin and play the games that are on the HDD... from the HDD. If so.

Read this for installing the SSD w/Win8. It will guide you through the possible pitfalls: http://www.overclock.net/t/1240779/seans-windows-8-inst...

Then for playing games from Origin, just go to Origin/Application Settings/Advanced. Click on Download Games/Change... and browse to the HDD's location.

For Steam read this. https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=741...


*But keep in mind, that if you try to transfere the OS from the HDD to the SSD, the new MB will probably not allow you to boot to Win8 if it is too different from the old MB.



Well they are both windows 8.1 compatible so I would assume the OS would still boot up on the new mobo. Switching from a MSI 970a-g46 to an Asus z87 gryphon
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May 2, 2014 10:35:34 AM

It's not the OS that I was referring to. It is the motherboard. Since the two boards are totally different, and Windows installed itself based on the components/devices it recognized on the original motherboard, when it tries to boot now it will not recognize the stuff on the new board. If you're lucky, it will be able to identify the new devices and load generic drivers to get itself booted. Then it may re-boot a few times. If all is finally working, run something like CCleaner to clean up the registry of the boat load of errors that will be there. Then install the new drivers from the MB disk.
https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
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