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Need help moving from a HDD to an SSD

I am deciding on moving to an SSD, I know that the best way is to do a clean install of windows 7 on to my new SSD, but after installing windows 7 on to the SSD how do i use my harddisk for storage?
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  1. Like you would use it without an SSD.
    Plug it in and you're done.
  2. LukaBoki said:
    Like you would use it without an SSD.
    Plug it in and you're done.


    But the problem is would`nt there be window 7 on both the ssd and hdd?
  3. Best answer
    Format your hard drive.
    Disconnect your hard drive.
    Plug in the SSD.
    Put the Window DVD into the optical drive or use an USB.
    Install Windows onto the SSD.
    After it has completed, install motherboard drivers and gpu drivers.
    Install other necessary programs you want to use.
    Ninite is a good website to collect important programs to install. https://ninite.com/
    Connect back the hard drive.
    Go to Disk management in Windows and right click on the hard drive and select new simple volume.

    I don't recommend cloning tools since errors can pop up later on. Doing fresh install reduce the chances and if any comes up , you know it isn't caused by the migration.
  4. .....what?

    Most SSDS allow you to do a full migration of the entire install onto the SSD that why you don't have to reinstall windows per say. This is because they come with free software utilities. (Samsung and intel do for sure) If not there are plenty of free ones available such as rtools.

    If all you want to do is a clean install...just do a clean install of the SSD.... plug in your HDD...move whatever u want backed up onto the SSD and then reformat the HDD for a clean slate for extra storage.....
  5. Bexx33 said:
    LukaBoki said:
    Like you would use it without an SSD.
    Plug it in and you're done.


    But the problem is would`nt there be window 7 on both the ssd and hdd?


    I think not.
    But wait for others to share their opinions. :)
  6. Suztera said:
    Format your hard drive.
    Disconnect your hard drive.
    Plug in the SSD.
    Put the Window DVD into the optical drive or use an USB.
    Install Windows onto the SSD.
    After it has completed, install motherboard drivers and gpu drivers.
    Install other necessary programs you want to use.
    Ninite is a good website to collect important programs to install. https://ninite.com/
    Connect back the hard drive.
    Go to Disk management in Windows and right click on the hard drive and select new simple volume.

    I don't recommend cloning tools since errors can pop up later on. Doing fresh install reduce the chances and if any comes up , you know it isn't caused by the migration.


    How do format my harddisk?
  7. Use the window DVD to format your hard drive but don't install it. Cancel the installation after formating.
  8. vagrancyx said:
    .....what?

    Most SSDS allow you to do a full migration of the entire install onto the SSD that why you don't have to reinstall windows per say. This is because they come with free software utilities. (Samsung and intel do for sure) If not there are plenty of free ones available such as rtools.

    If all you want to do is a clean install...just do a clean install of the SSD.... plug in your HDD...move whatever u want backed up onto the SSD and then reformat the HDD for a clean slate for extra storage.....


    I do know that i can do a full migration but i am afraid that there maybe errors halfway through the process of migrating
  9. okay....then do what I said as the secondary option....

    I've done these types of migrations probably 60+ times now in my office when we moved everyone onto SSDs and its been fine, even RAID setups...
  10. vagrancyx said:
    okay....then do what I said as the secondary option....

    I've done these types of migrations probably 60+ times now in my office when we moved everyone onto SSDs and its been fine, even RAID setups...


    So if i were to migrate my HDD to my SSD , everything from my hdd will be in my ssd? After migrating, does that mean my hdd will be clean or do i still have to format my hdd?
  11. No you still have to reformat your HDD. Assuming the SSD has enough space for all of the data on ur HDD yes it will all carry over.

    then when you're hdd is connected..just go into diskmanagement and wipe the drive.
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