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Ready to install SSD-can u spot a problem?

I planned on physically installing my PNY 240Gig SSD,then using the Restore System in Windows 8.1 to restore from my USB Restore drive to the SSD and make the SSD a boot drive with a clean copy of Widows 8.1. After a little research I realized it wouldn't be that easy.
It should be! C'mon! Windows and computers in general are making things harder than they should be.
I have an Asus computer and I want to install a PNY 240gig SSD as the boot drive.
Thanks to STEAM and GOG having their summer sale, I filled up most of my 1 TB hard drive with games. I don't want to have to redownload them.
I have a 1TB hard drive with the C drive (Windows) partitioned as 149 Gig, and D: partioned as 7589Gig... The D partition is what I want to preserve (It has all my STEAM and GOG games-i don't want to have to redownload them.
I plan on using AOMEI Backupper free software. Hopefully this will allow med to make tyhe SSD the boot drive and leave my D drive intact (I will then have to adjust the steam loader to see my D drive.
Anyone spot a problem with this?
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  1. Do you have your original install media and license key? If so, the obvious easy way forward is simply a clean install on the new drive.
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    A fresh install is the preferred method but many people successfully clone.
    Your steam games will be fine left on the HDD either way. I dont know about GOG unfortunately.

    Clone c: to the SSD. Make ssd the boot drive in the bios. boot up. make sure you have access to the hdd then change the drive letter assignments so that D; drive is actually D: drive again (the old windows partition will probably be assigned D: which moves the games partition to e:)
    Run diskmgmt.msc when you are ready to change the drive letters. You might have to change D to F, then E to D and then F to, well, whatever you want. (just not c or d. LoL)

    As always, please make a backup before you begin if you don't already have one.
  3. USAFRet said:
    Do you have your original install media and license key? If so, the obvious easy way forward is simply a clean install on the new drive.


    No its a prebuilt (HUGE mistake! But I couldn't resist the price. Prebuilts were bad enough when they stopped giving you a full copy of Windows and gave you a restore DVD. Now they don't even give you a restore DVD. Although Asus will sell you one for $50.
    Seroiusly!
    Geeze!
  4. popatim said:
    A fresh install is the preferred method but many people successfully clone.
    Your steam games will be fine left on the HDD either way. I dont know about GOG unfortunately.

    Clone c: to the SSD. Make ssd the boot drive in the bios. boot up. make sure you have access to the hdd then change the drive letter assignments so that D; drive is actually D: drive again (the old windows partition will probably be assigned D: which moves the games partition to e:)
    Run diskmgmt.msc when you are ready to change the drive letters. You might have to change D to F, then E to D and then F to, well, whatever you want. (just not c or d. LoL)

    As always, please make a backup before you begin if you don't already have one.


    Thanks! I plan on using the Restore USB to restore to the SSD once I get it rolling. Then I will put the 1 TB into a usb3 hard drive enclosure (still deciding which one-you don't want to skimp too much on enclosures-I had a cheap one back XP days that lost 2TB of data!), copy my Steam Games, and I should be set.
    Like I said-nothing is as easy as it should be. I know formatting a drive over 2 TB takes some special software (I think Seagate has software that will let Windows 8.1 see the whole 3 TB)
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