Installing windows 10 on ssd without losing any data on my pc right now because im happy with how everything is

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so my windows 10 is on my hdd at the moment, i literally want to just put windows on the ssd so it runs super fast, but i dont want to lose all my files, i want my pc to be exactly the same when windows is on the ssd, i cant take out my hdd and i cant take out my sdd, so i need a way to do this, i have a 1tb external hd if thats any help. thanks
 

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What size is the SSD?
What size is the HDD?
How much total used space is on the current C partition?
 

marktilbrook

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SSD is 250gb
HDD is 250gb
and on the C partition i have 102gb open

 

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Is anything currently on the SSD?

If not, this should go easy.
Macrium Reflect
Install it
Run it
Be sure you select ALL the partitions on your C drive.
Click the Go button

When done, power off
Disconnect the HDD
Power up, and verify the SSD is #1 in the BIOS boot order, and remove the HDD from the boot order
Once you have verified it actually boots properly from the SSD, you can wipe the HDD and use it how you wish.
 

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yeah but i dont want everything on my hdd to go onto my ssd, i only want games and certain applications on the ssd as well as windows, thats all im using it for, i dont just want to clone my hdd onto my ssd.

 

USAFRet

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This statement :


...is in direct opposition to this statement:
i want my pc to be exactly the same when windows is on the ssd
You can't have it be 'exactly the same' but different.
And you cannot move the OS and 'some' applications.
 
You can't be "A little bit pregnant" either but in this case you can clone whole drive and than uninstall some programs you don't want on it and reinstall them on cleaned up other disk (HDD), same thing with other files, just move them to HDD.
 

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[strike]Right. But the reason I suggested that series of steps would be to avoid ending up with 2 partitions on the SSD. The original C & D.
Cloning the whole drive initially breaks that 1TB SSD into two partitions.[/strike]


EDIT: Disregard the above. Was thinking of something else completely.
 

USAFRet

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Oops...disregard my above. I was thinking of a whole different thread.


Back to the original:
It's all or nothing, mostly. OP stated he wanted it 'exactly the same'.
But then later, "i dont want everything on my hdd to go onto my ssd"

One or the other.