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Transferring old HDD and SSD into new PC with new Mobo

Hi everyone,

I'm currently building a new PC and am intending to use a brand-new 120Gb SSD for my boot drive, i.e. solely for Windows 7 and possibly any essential programs.

Thing is, I have an old HDD that served as the boot drive in my old PC, but I would like to use it as a storage drive in the new one. I have an old (relatively speaking) 256Gb SSD in the old PC as well, but it was only used for games, meaning there was no OS installed on it. I know I have to mount the fresh SSD and install the OS on it, but here's where it gets a little more fuzzy for me:

1) Will I be able to transfer the old SSD used only for games into the new PC without needing to format it?

2) How should I go about removing the OS from the old HDD such that I can use it as storage in the new PC?

I'll admit, these seem pretty basic-level questions, but I'm quite confused by some of the instructions given across the rest of the forum.

In any case, thanks very much for your time and assistance!
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    1) yes, but the games will need re-installing

    2) jus plug it into a spare Sata port and it should work, same as any other drive - u can then format it t as a quick way t wipe it

    my advice would b, build t new pc wit ONLY t new SSD installed, then once Win is installed, install t extra drives from t old pc. That way there's no way Windows will accidentally install in t wrong place or do anything else weird
  2. snowctrl said:
    1) yes, but the games will need re-installing

    2) jus plug it into a spare Sata port and it should work, same as any other drive - u can then format it t as a quick way t wipe it

    my advice would b, build t new pc wit ONLY t new SSD installed, then once Win is installed, install t extra drives from t old pc. That way there's no way Windows will accidentally install in t wrong place or do anything else weird


    Hi snowctrl, thanks very much for your help!
  3. No worries, glad to help
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