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Installing Windows 7 to new SSD. Games on two other HDDS. Make sure I'm going to do this right.

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May 28, 2014 7:16:55 PM

I currently have an HP desktop with a 1TB HDD. I purchased a 2TB HDD as well as a 64GB SSD. I am planning on putting a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD and maybe a few programs I use frequently. Everything else (games, documents, etc) will be on the other two HDDs.

I dont have a Windows 7 disk because my computer did not come with one, so I downloaded the ISO off of Digital River and put it on a disk. I also went ahead and used ABRBeta to pull the activation for windows and plan on using that on a USB. In addition, I used Double Driver to pull all the current drivers I have and have those on a USB to direct the Manager to if it has any issues.

Here is my plan:

1. Disconnect current HDD. (So I don't need to go into BIOS and change boot order?)
2. Install new SSD into my desktop.
3. Insert Windows 7 Disk. I wont activate Windows during the install because of ABR.
4. Once all of that is done, go through windows updates as well as check that drivers for everything I have is working, and if not, direct towards the USB with drivers. (This is in case my Ethernet or wireless card don't work and I cant pull them online)
5. Reinstall 1TB HDD and new 2TB HDD.

Here is where I don't know quite what to do. Windows is still on the other HDD. I dont want to wipe the drive because its 1TB of data. Over half of that are huge games downloaded online.
From my understanding, those games will no longer work because I am now using a clean windows install on the SSD, and they were installed under the Windows on the HDD. Is there any way to make them work under the new windows install? I don't want to move them to the SSD because it's too small. And redownloading them would be far too time consuming because of how big half of them are.
It's a mix of steam, origins, and games with their own clients.

ALSO, do I have to wipe the windows on the HDD, or when I choose to boot from the SSD, will it automatically use the new install?
I have searched for some other posts about this but am still somewhat confused.
Thank you so much.
a b $ Windows 7
a c 99 G Storage
May 28, 2014 9:23:09 PM

We don't recommend what you are doing, working around the Microsoft EULA.

But you are right, the games and ANY programs install on the HDD WILL NOT work with Windows on the SSD. You will have to reinstall them, but you can point them towards the HDD.

If you leave the old HDD plugged in during install, with any version of Windows on it, it will screw up your system! Unplug all other drives during the Windows install, to ensure everything is put on the SSD. Then additional programs can be install wherever you want/need them.

And then you should delete the Windows directory on the old HDD. Only after you are sure you have copied things over to the SSD (i.e. User folder).

You have quite a chore ahead of you...
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May 29, 2014 3:29:59 PM

foscooter said:
We don't recommend what you are doing, working around the Microsoft EULA.

But you are right, the games and ANY programs install on the HDD WILL NOT work with Windows on the SSD. You will have to reinstall them, but you can point them towards the HDD.

If you leave the old HDD plugged in during install, with any version of Windows on it, it will screw up your system! Unplug all other drives during the Windows install, to ensure everything is put on the SSD. Then additional programs can be install wherever you want/need them.

And then you should delete the Windows directory on the old HDD. Only after you are sure you have copied things over to the SSD (i.e. User folder).

You have quite a chore ahead of you...


What is it that I am doing that is working around the Microsoft EULA? I thought this type of thing was very common and even somewhat recommended now due to the improvements with boot-up speed. Is it because of the ISO I got online or pulling the codes using ABRBeta?

So it seems the easiest way would be to copy the setups for most of the software, place those on the SSD, then re-install, choose to install to the 2TB HDD? And probably take the patch files from most of the MMOs and transfer those over to avoid having to redownload them all.

It's probably best to just reformat the old HDD to make sure everything is fresh. But only after I know for a fact the SSD is working correctly, correct?
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