[SOLVED] How to move old drives to new PC build

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I am currently upgrading my build to a ryzen 3600 and gtx1660s on a msi b450 mortar max motherboard from an old and dusty i5 4570 and r9 270 which has served me for 6 years.

I was thinking of also getting an m.2 ssd to boot my windows to. My current build has a 120gb ssd (boot) and a 1tb storage drive.

My question is how would i move them to my new build. How would you transfer the os to the m.2? and would i need to back up my 1tb (storage) drive or would i just plug it into my new motherboard and will be ready to go?
Also i want to wipe my 120gb ssd so that i can use it as an additional storage drive for games, but will i need to backup the os on it or will it not be needed?

Sorry im a bit of a noob with this and im not sure if i asked this in the right place but any help will be awesome!

Also the reason i chose the gtx1660s is because of the 125tdp which wont exceed my 500w power supply, but im thinking do i have enough power spare to power a more powerful gpu without upgrading the psu?
 

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First, for the new install:

Later, you reconnect the old drive, and delete ALL partitions.
The easiest way is the commandline function diskpart and the clean command.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-clean-and-format-storage-drive-using-diskpart-windows-10

After the clean:
In Disk Management
Initialize
New Simple Volume
Format
Give it a drive letter
 

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First, for the new install:

Later, you reconnect the old drive, and delete ALL partitions.
The easiest way is the commandline function diskpart and the clean command.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-clean-and-format-storage-drive-using-diskpart-windows-10

After the clean:
In Disk Management
Initialize
New Simple Volume
Format
Give it a drive letter
 
May 2, 2020
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First, for the new install:

Later, you reconnect the old drive, and delete ALL partitions.
The easiest way is the commandline function diskpart and the clean command.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-clean-and-format-storage-drive-using-diskpart-windows-10

After the clean:
In Disk Management
Initialize
New Simple Volume
Format
Give it a drive letter
thanks for the help mate! for my 1tb storage hdd can i just plug the sata cables into the new motherboard and it will be ready to use? as i do not want to redownload all of my files.
 

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thanks for the help mate! for my 1tb storage hdd can i just plug the sata cables into the new motherboard and it will be ready to use? as i do not want to redownload all of my files.
Depending on what they are, yes.

Applications installed on that, no.
Steam/Origin games, yes, after a bit of configuration.
All personal files and stuff you downloaded, yes.
 
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