Here is a list of all of my drives because only the drives are really relevant in this problem:
OCZ Vertex 60GB
OCZ Vertex 30GB
Western Digital External 500GB
Okay, so I recently acquired the 60GB Vertex and attempted to clone my OS to it from the 30GB one because I was starting to run out of space. Unfortunately, I was stupid and messed around with the drive letters and ended up clearing out all of the data on the 30GB drive before I was sure that the 60GB one would work. It didn't. There was some trouble with whether Windows was actually genuine and it wouldn't show me anything except a black screen.
I ended up copying all the data from that drive into the WD External, installing a clean version of Win 7 on the 30GB drive again for manipulation purposes and re-copied the data to the 60GB. It didn't work so well so I ended up merging bits of the clean install from the 30GB drive into the files and then putting it on the 60GB. I booted it up and it worked with some minor easily fixable shortcut errors that I took care of.
Then I noticed that the drive was taking up 10GB more space than necessary (i.e. than it did before I cloned my info and proceeded to mess everything up) So now I'm looking to either find a way to clean that extra stuff out, or even more preferably, learn how to perform a clean install on my SSD while keeping my user customization (including how I set it up so all of my user files -- documents, music, desktop, recycle bin, etc -- were on my Seagate) and with working programs.
I've found that if I just reinstall the OS on the SSDs, the programs don't show up on the Add Remove list and while some of them work when I click the shortcuts for them in my Seagate's folders, others don't. For example, Acronis basically tells me that it's not installed even though I made sure to install it on my Seagate drive.
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Thanks for the helpful tips on saving space! I have a 4GB stick of ram, so I'll definitely try some of that stuff out, but please explain what you mean by clean installing everything to the SSD? My SSD doesn't have enough room for all of the programs I have on the Seagate and I really only want to reserve it for the OS and drivers.
Some programs that do not have registry entries or install random files on c: can be used after a reinstall, while other programs will give errors after a fresh install of windows(missing file ect).
Reinstalling the programs in place by just installing them over there existing copies on the hard drive will generally fix this issue(because those entries will be remade and any files on c: will be re added).
With a fresh install of windows, you would have to reset your custom folders(desktop/docs/pics/movies ect). It does not take much time, but if you installed programs on the hard drive , it may or may not work right.