How do I move my os (JUST THE OS) to my ssd while keeping everything else on my hdd? I have windows 10, 120gb ssd and 1tb hdd

How do I move my os (JUST THE OS) to my ssd while keeping everything else on my hdd? I have windows 10, 120gb ssd and 1tb hdd. I really dont want to have to format my hdd and reinstall everything. Ive tried other thing and gotten them to work brokenly but i dont have my programs or anything in my program list in control panel.
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  1. You want to have Windows installed on your ssd and use your hdd for storage is this right?
  2. It is not a pick and choose sort of deal, its all or nothing.

    Even if there was a way to move all the OS and not the programs, the programs will not work. When a program installs it installs more then just what is in the program folder, it installs registry keys, files in user accounts, and/or files in programdata folder; once you move the location of these things to a different drive letter, it will no longer work.


    I take it you are in the situation where you have a 120 GB SSD and a hard drive with say 600GB of data on it, am I correct?

    You may be able to modify partitions so that you can move the files off of your OS drive C and then clone that to your SSD.

    How much free space is on your 1TB drive, and how much of that is files vs programs??
  3. boosted1g said:
    It is not a pick and choose sort of deal, its all or nothing.

    Even if there was a way to move all the OS and not the programs, the programs will not work. When a program installs it installs more then just what is in the program folder, it installs registry keys, files in user accounts, and/or files in programdata folder; once you move the location of these things to a different drive letter, it will no longer work.


    I take it you are in the situation where you have a 120 GB SSD and a hard drive with say 600GB of data on it, am I correct?

    You may be able to modify partitions so that you can move the files off of your OS drive C and then clone that to your SSD.

    How much free space is on your 1TB drive, and how much of that is files vs programs??


    i have 543 gigs free on the hdd.
    if i make a clone ofmy hdd with a 1TB passport and then put my os on my ssd and format my hdd then copy my backup back onto the hdd will that work?
  4. bjsm said:
    You want to have Windows installed on your ssd and use your hdd for storage is this right?


    correct
  5. Ok, perfect.

    Shrink the 1tb drive to 600gb:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/resize-a-partition-for-free-in-windows-vista/

    Create a new 400gb partition:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg309170.aspx

    Move all files to 400gb partition, may need to create desktop, documents, etc folders.

    Download and run ccleaner to clear out as much junk as possible (close all internet browsers before running).
    Also go to your downloads folder and delete what you don't need, move what you do need to 400gb partition.

    If there is still more then 100gb on C drive then uninstall any unwanted programs.

    Now you can clone C drive to your SSD!
  6. Scratch that, if you have the external then you don't need to do the whole shrinking and creating a new partition.

    Just copy the files to the external, run ccleaner and clear out downloads folder.
  7. If you have the OS on its own partition, then you can clone just that partition to the other drive, but I am going to assume you do not have it setup that way, which means it is not possible.

    The closest you could get is to temporarily move all the bulk data off your drive (onto an external drive maybe), then clone the C drive over. Reformat the old disk as your D drive, and copy everything back. Honestly, it is probably cleaner and easier to reinstall.

    AOMEI Backupper is a good free tool for cloning partitions between drives (but it is only going to do entire partitions, you first must get the partition small enough to fit on the new drive).
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