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.
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