How do I move just the files from my old SSD that has Windows 7 onto a new SSD that has WIndows 10?

subratrix

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I bought upgrades for my computer (new motherboard, new CPU (went from AMD to Intel if it matters) and new RAM (DDR3 to DDR4)) as well as Windows 10. I will be installing Windows 10 (Home edition if it matters) into a new SSD I got (it is a Samsung 500GB M.2 SSD). My old SSD has Windows 7 and all of my files on it. What I want to do is move all the important files over without any issues. Is it as simple as drag and drop? Is there something special I need to do so there aren't any conflict issues with the two different versions of Windows? Thank you for any help in advance. Files I want to be moved over are things like files in My Documents, My Videos, My Photos, iTunes, etc. I understand some things I will need to redownload because there is a separate Windows 10 version. For my storage, I have two 1TB HHD drives, one of them has a fresh backup on it of my computer right now (before the upgrades, the other is blank), one Samsung 500GB SSD (that has all of the data on it), and I just got the Samsung M.2 SSD which I plan to use for Windows 10 and all the files (I only have about 200GB in total of space I will use up on this SD). Let me know if I need to provide any more information to help with the solutions, I will check if this gets answers very frequently as I am hoping to do this within the next few days. Thanks! :)

Additional info:
Motherboard: Went from Asus Sabertooth to Asus ROG Strix
RAM: Went from Ballistix DDR3 (2 x 8GB) to Ballistix Sport (2 x 8GB)
Processor: Went from AMD FX 6300 to Intel i5 8400

Update: Someone mentioned something I forgot. Since the SSD's are Samsung, I can use Samsung's data migration tool (which works very well) to clone hard drives, move data, etc (not sure if this is what I need in this case but I am looking into it).
 

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Ah! I knew I left out something. The Samsung SSD's I bought came with a data migration software which works magnificently. So that part I don't need to worry about. But what I understand from what you said, I can access all the files on the SSD that will still have Windows 7 on it like normal? I'll definitely do what you said and take out the old hard drives, load Windows 10 onto the M.2 SSD, then put the hard drives back in.

Also: Google Chrome wouldn't let me reply, it like bugged out so when I went to type, the text box disappeared and all I was left with was the "Add a solution" dropdown box, the same happen to you? It works fine on Internet Explorer apparently..
 

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Yes that is correct. You will see your files on the drive with win7 on it, just like a DVD or any other drive.

As for the browser, I use Firefox, but I read other complaints about browser issues lately.
 

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Okay, I want to thank you for your help and very quick response. I was trying to Google my problem and after hours of searching, I came up empty handed until I came here. This was actually my first post and I made an account just for this haha. I marked your first response as the answer, I hope I did this right. I hope you have a good rest of your day. :)
 

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Oh, you are welcome and thank you for the feedback! Good day for you as well!