Installing a SSD with an existing HardDrive in my PC.

Charlie_34

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I want to install an SSD onto my pc so i can put games and my OS on it. My Hard Drive already has around 1 terabyte of data on it, so how would i go about installing the OS on the new SSD? Do i simply just:
1. Unplug Harddrive
2. Connect SSD and install windows (from the disc)
3. Plug back in HardDrive
4. Transfer games and other files i want on to the SSD
How can i backup 1 tb of data, if i need to back it up aswell?
Thanks, hopefully i haven't worded this in an awkward way!
 

USAFRet

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No, just find and save your personal docs.
Copy them off to another drive.

Other things you need with this whole process:
Drivers for your hardware. Primarily the LAN driver, just in case the new install does not install this properly
Document all your username/passwords
Know where to get any install files for your specific applications. Along with any serial numbers/licensing info.

Since you're doing this on a whole new drive...the old drive will still be OK, until you wipe it.
So don't wipe it until you are absolutely sure you don't need whatever is on it.
 

USAFRet

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1. What size/make/model is this new SSD?
2. How much total data is consumed on your current drive?
 

Charlie_34

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1. Its an Samsubng 850 evo, 250gb ssd. i have 2.5" drive bays ready also
2. I have used 938gb of data on my 2 terabyte hard drive
 

USAFRet

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OK then
You'll have to do a full reinstall, vs a clone operation.

This involves installing the OS, and everything else. Applications, drivers, etc.
You're starting from a clean slate.
 

Charlie_34

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so im guessing i back up the hard drive with all the relevant things i want to keep.Install OS ont the ssd, wipe har drive ad insert it again, transfer backed up files to hard drive, ans move files like games to the ssd?
 

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Yeah, pretty much.
The applications (apart from Steam games) will need to be reinstalled with the new OS.
 

Charlie_34

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(as you can tell im pretty new to this) When backing up the hard drive, do i need to backup windows on it too? or do i delete it? (sorry if its a stupid question)
 

USAFRet

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No, just find and save your personal docs.
Copy them off to another drive.

Other things you need with this whole process:
Drivers for your hardware. Primarily the LAN driver, just in case the new install does not install this properly
Document all your username/passwords
Know where to get any install files for your specific applications. Along with any serial numbers/licensing info.

Since you're doing this on a whole new drive...the old drive will still be OK, until you wipe it.
So don't wipe it until you are absolutely sure you don't need whatever is on it.
 

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