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upgrading to an ssd

okay i want to buy an ssd but i have a question about the process of switching from an sshd hard drive to an ssd. i want to buy an 840 evo 250 gb ssd and put windows on that instead of the hard drive. but i have a few questions about the process. i plan to just completely reinstall windows onto the ssd, if i do that wil i have to redownload all the drivers for my hardware? even though its already on the hard drive? same with me games. i have about 50 gb of games on my hard drive and i really dont want to have to redownload all of the to the ssd. i dont know why you wouldnt be able to play the games already on the hard drive but i just dont know. the only game i really want to put on the ssd is dayz, because it increases the performance a little bit. but i would really like an answer because im still kind of a noob to the computer stuff.
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    You would need to re-install drivers and applications. You should be able to reconnect your steam library to the new install of steam, so you shouldn't have to re-install steam games.
  2. Bluepancake said:
    okay i want to buy an ssd but i have a question about the process of switching from an sshd hard drive to an ssd. i want to buy an 840 evo 250 gb ssd and put windows on that instead of the hard drive. but i have a few questions about the process. i plan to just completely reinstall windows onto the ssd, if i do that wil i have to redownload all the drivers for my hardware? even though its already on the hard drive? same with me games. i have about 50 gb of games on my hard drive and i really dont want to have to redownload all of the to the ssd. i dont know why you wouldnt be able to play the games already on the hard drive but i just dont know. the only game i really want to put on the ssd is dayz, because it increases the performance a little bit. but i would really like an answer because im still kind of a noob to the computer stuff.


    Hi,

    If you reinstall from scratch, then you will have to reinstall everything on the new os. Be aware however that you can connect you're old hdd and use it as a storage drive, and you should be able to access the downloads of the drivers or original install files for games (if you have them). If the games are installed via steam or origin though it will treat it as a new machine and you'll have to re dl everything.

    There is an alternative however! There is a nice free tool that will migrate you're HDD to the SSD automatically (and adjust the alignment for optimum SSD performance): http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-partition-assistant.html

    The above software can also resize you're drive to fit on the SSD (if the new drive is smaller). The only restriction is you need to make sure the total used space on your current drive is less than the capacity of the SSD (if for example you have a 1tb drive with 750gb used space you won't be able to use the migration tool).
  3. ss202sl said:
    You would need to re-install drivers and applications. You should be able to reconnect your steam library to the new install of steam, so you shouldn't have to re-install steam games.


    Ah I didn't know you can do this with steam- makes sense!

    Ok so if you have games in steam then just connect your old hdd and change steam settings, job done!
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