Question If a hard-drive is already installed with Windows 10, can I just plug in a SSD?

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I want to plug in the SSD, install windows on it, and use the SSD as a boot drive. Would this be alright? If possible could I remove the windows 10 on the HDD? I don't want to format all drives and re-install windows on only my SSD as I have too many important files and need this computer for work. I don't want to do anything that takes too much time.
 

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I want to plug in the SSD, install windows on it, and use the SSD as a boot drive. Would this be alright? If possible could I remove the windows 10 on the HDD? I don't want to format all drives and re-install windows on only my SSD as I have too many important files and need this computer for work. I don't want to do anything that takes too much time.
Given certain conditions, you can maybe clone from the old HDD to the new SSD.

What size is the new SSD?
How much space is consumed on the current C drive?
Is the HDD partitioned into more than one data partition? A C and D perhaps?
Desktop or laptop?
What other drives are in this system? (a screencap of Disk Management would be nice here)

And this is not a procedure you want to rush.
 

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