Moving just the os to new ssd drive

inanition02

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mcnumpty is right, you can't move "just the os" - you can copy the whole hard drive and then remove what you don't want OR (better solution) would be to do a clean install.

A good format/clean install is good every now and again to keep performance high.
 

Anita_92

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Its 500GB, 503gb in total on 1 TB hdd
 

USAFRet

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Sooo...reduce that "503" to about 400GB, and you can clone the whole thing over to the new drive.
There is almost certainly a lot of junk files you can get rid of on that drive.

Old downloads, game install files, etc, etc.

Or, a clean install on the new SSD.
What OS is this?
 

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windows 10, if i do a clean install will i lose any files or i guess i will have to backup? Also the os is in drive c which is 243gb in total should i just clone it to the ssd drive?
 

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As said, you can't clone 'only' the OS. Everything on the C drive, including all that other junk.

If you do a clean install on the SSD, you won't 'lose' anything on the current HDD, but you WILL have to do a full reinstall of all your current applications.
The new OS will know nothing about them.
 

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