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Upgrading Boot Drive from HDD to SSD using HDD as storage

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July 4, 2014 6:36:10 AM

Hi all,
When I built my computer, cost was a major factor. So at the time, I didn't put in an SSD. But here I am 2 months down the road and, now employed, wanting an SSD. So I'm about to pull the trigger on a Samsung 840 Pro 128GB. I want to use the SSD to boot from and to have SOME programs on (Chrome, Steam, etc) And I want to have the HDD as a storage drive. I just have a few questions:
Windows 8.1 is installed on my current HDD, along with a few games, and a lot of other programs. So should I go through and copy everything important (Music, Pictures, etc) to an external drive and then format the drive then install windows on the SSD? Or can I just install windows on the SSD with the HDD unplugged then go into the BIOS and set the SSD as the primary boot drive and the HDD as the backup (in case the SSD fails or I need another way to get into windows)? What are your thoughts/opinions/questions? Any help is appreciated :) 

System Specs:
Processor: AMD A10-7850K
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB)
GPU: EVGA GTX 760 SC 2GB
HDD: WD 1TB Black
PSU: Corsair CX750M

P.S. This is my first post, I'm new here.

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a b G Storage
July 4, 2014 6:43:46 AM

The easiest solution is to simply clone the system partition from HDD to SSD using EASEUS ToDo Backup, for example. The best solution is: pull out the HDD, put only the SSD inside. Install windows. Connect the HDD afterwards, format your "old" C partition (on HDD), and then "merge" this empty HDD partition with data HDD data partition using EASEUS Partition Manager. Or any similar utility.
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a c 128 G Storage
July 4, 2014 6:45:13 AM

Remove the hdd.

Install Windows on the SSD. Work out how much room is left for games. Resinstall games onto the SSD

Put the HDD back in. Copy games data to the SSD.
Copy any other data to another hdd (install and format one) or usb stick.

Re-format the old hdd. Copy data back to it. Re-install apps.

Done

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July 4, 2014 6:49:28 AM

herrwizo said:
The easiest solution is to simply clone the system partition from HDD to SSD using EASEUS ToDo Backup, for example. The best solution is: pull out the HDD, put only the SSD inside. Install windows. Connect the HDD afterwards, format your "old" C partition (on HDD), and then "merge" this partition with the data partition using EASEUS Partition Manager. Or any similar utility.

Problem being, it's all one partition. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8b1gWX0EM_0Q2xpQ0IzUU...
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a c 128 G Storage
July 4, 2014 6:51:27 AM

Also cloning/migration software fails a lot of the time. You need to spend money to get a good one.
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July 4, 2014 6:51:45 AM

i7Baby said:
Remove the hdd.

Install Windows on the SSD. Work out how much room is left for games. Resinstall games onto the SSD

Put the HDD back in. Copy games data to the SSD.
Copy any other data to another hdd (install and format one) or usb stick.

Re-format the old hdd. Copy data back to it. Re-install apps.

Done


My question being is the format necessary? Because if it's not then it's not worth transferring 300+ GB of stuff to an external drive to transfer it all back.
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a b G Storage
July 4, 2014 6:53:30 AM

Even easier. You don't need to clone anything. Just pull out the HDD, put only the SSD inside. Install windows. Connect the HDD afterwards. Copy games data to the SSD, if they fit. If not, leave them. Delete Windows folder on HDD if it bothers you, if not leave it. Done.

EDIT: No format required. Most people would format HDD to have things clean, but it is not absolutely required.
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July 4, 2014 6:54:56 AM

herrwizo said:
Even easier. You don't need to clone anything. Just pull out the HDD, put only the SSD inside. Install windows. Connect the HDD afterwards. Copy games data to the SSD, if they fit. If not, leave them. Delete Windows folder on HDD if it bothers you, if not leave it. Done.

Cool. It's only 128GB so i'll probably only have room for chrome, steam, and 1-2 games, but about the windows folder, if I leave it, doesn't that mean that I can boot from it if the ssd isnt in the system? so if i take out the SSD, it'll still be able to boot?
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a b G Storage
July 4, 2014 6:56:52 AM

Correct. You will have 2 bootable drives, and you can select which one during POST, when you can press F12 and select boot device.

And yeah, 128GB SSD is only good for 1-2 large games. I always keep just one, to leave some free space :D 
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July 4, 2014 7:02:02 AM

herrwizo said:
Correct. You will have 2 bootable drives, and you can select which one during POST, when you can press F12 and select boot device.

And yeah, 128GB SSD is only good for 1-2 large games. I always keep just one, to leave some free space :D 


well because i've only had this for 2 months and I'm not a HEAVY gamer, I only have CS:GO, Metro:LL, and the bioshocks (all 3). So i might throw cs:go on there. in my bios i can set the SSD as the primary boot device and have the HDD as secondary.
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