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Is there a way to copy/clone my laptop hard drive without copying the OS?

I recently built a custom pc with a new hard drive in it. I have a laptop with all my games, files, documents, music, etc. on it and I would like to copy all those onto my new hard drive. The only problem is that my laptop already has windows on it, so when I activate windows on my new computer, I can't just clone the laptop hard drive because then I will have two OS's on the same hard drive. Is there a way to copy/clone my laptop hard drive without copying the OS?
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    p_nlsn said:
    I recently built a custom pc with a new hard drive in it. I have a laptop with all my games, files, documents, music, etc. on it and I would like to copy all those onto my new hard drive. The only problem is that my laptop already has windows on it, so when I activate windows on my new computer, I can't just clone the laptop hard drive because then I will have two OS's on the same hard drive. Is there a way to copy/clone my laptop hard drive without copying the OS?


    No.
    You have an OS on this new desktop?

    If so...simply copy stuff from the laptop to a folder on the desktop.
    File and folder sharing is what you're looking for.
    You can't "clone" things like this.

    And you can't copy over Programs. Those will need to be actually installed on the new desktop.
  2. USAFRet said:
    p_nlsn said:
    I recently built a custom pc with a new hard drive in it. I have a laptop with all my games, files, documents, music, etc. on it and I would like to copy all those onto my new hard drive. The only problem is that my laptop already has windows on it, so when I activate windows on my new computer, I can't just clone the laptop hard drive because then I will have two OS's on the same hard drive. Is there a way to copy/clone my laptop hard drive without copying the OS?


    No.
    You have an OS on this new desktop?

    If so...simply copy stuff from the laptop to a folder on the desktop.
    File and folder sharing is what you're looking for.
    You can't "clone" things like this.

    And you can't copy over Programs. Those will need to be actually installed on the new desktop.


    Ok, so I can't move over programs, but what about my steam games? Can I just copy my steam folder and put it on the new hard drive so I don't have to worry about re-installing them or progress loss?
  3. Copy the SteamApps folder over to the new system.
    In the new Steam client you've installed, go into Settings and tell it about the folder location you put this SteamApps folder.
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