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installing OS on new ssd

I bought a new 256 gb ssd and want to install my windows 7 on to it. I currently have that copy of windows 7 on my 2 tb hdd. I would like to do this without losing any of the files on my hdd (games, movies, music). I would also like to be able to transfer a portion of said files over to my ssd. Any idea on the best way to this would be appreciated. From what I have gathered through my own research the best way seems to be removing the hdd and then installing win 7 onto the ssd while it is the only drive attached to the mobo.
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    A clean install on the new SSD is the best solution.
    Secondary is a clone, taking ALL the original drive. Obviously, the old drive has to be smaller used space than the new SSD.

    There is no application that can migrate 'a portion'.

    So...clean install with only the SSD connected. Then, once it is up and running, connect the old HDD.
    Install applications where you want. Given a 256GB drive, that will probably hold ALL your applications and a few games,
  2. will i have to re-download the games and movies? or can i simply move the files from one drive to the other and install
  3. john3569 said:
    will i have to re-download the games and movies? or can i simply move the files from one drive to the other and install


    You're talking about two different classes of 'files'.

    Movies (and mp3/doc/jpg) can be moved wherever you want
    Games and other applications will need to be reinstalled.
    Steam and Origin games can be 'moved', but not as simply as just copying from D to C.
    See this for Steam games: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129
  4. and these files will not be deleted from my hdd when I preform a fresh installation of windows 7 on my ssd?
  5. also, would i be able to have some steam games on the ssd and some on the hdd, because from what ive read it sounds like All the games have to be in the steamapps folder.
  6. john3569 said:
    also, would i be able to have some steam games on the ssd and some on the hdd, because from what ive read it sounds like All the games have to be in the steamapps folder.


    In the Steam client, you can designate multiple locations.
    Steam client lives on one drive, some games here, some games there...
  7. john3569 said:
    and these files will not be deleted from my hdd when I preform a fresh installation of windows 7 on my ssd?


    If that drive is disconnected, there is no way for a fresh install to delete anything from it.
  8. thanks a lot guys this info really helped!
  9. ONE last thing, will windows 7 still be on my hdd? and if so how long should i wait before removing it
  10. john3569 said:
    ONE last thing, will windows 7 still be on my hdd? and if so how long should i wait before removing it


    As long as it takes for you to feel comfortable with the new install on the SSD.
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