Question Transferring data to SSD from former Hdd boot device?

diegohm

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Hello,
So I just finished my first build and got an SSD to install Win10 on it. Now I was wondering how I could transfer most of my data from my HDD that still has windows 10 installed to my SSD? I was thinking about simply unplugging the HDD and then installing Win10 on my SSD and once it's finished I would reconnect the HDD and simply move game files from the HDD to the SSD and keep the HDD as mass storage.
I'm not too sure if my approach will work. Would having windows 10 installed on both drives cause issues. Any suggestions?
 

USAFRet

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If the drive and data sizes permit, you might be able to do a clone from the HDD to the SSD. Then, wipe the HDD and use as desired.

What size/make/model is the new SSD, and how much space is consumed on the current HDD?
 
If a desktop, you could install Macrium Reflect, and the new SSD, then clone the entire installation over to the SSD.

You don't simply 'move games' from one drive to another. (In short, a plan to simply drag a folder over is somewhat doomed.)

If newly installing WIndows to the SSD, the games would need to be newly installed so that Windows knows that they are installed, and where they are located.
 

popatim

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The exception to MDD above, would be games that use launcher apps, like Steam/Origin. Those installs don't install anything to windows and the launchers even include a utility to move their games/apps from drive to drive.
 

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