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What is the best way to Move my OS from HDD to SSD?

I just finished building my PC (this was my first complete build) and i'm not seeing the speed increase I hoped I would see. It's faster of course, but I think the speed would really increase if I added a SSD drive to boot my OS from and used my 1 TB HDD for storing the program files on.

The build was pretty easy as far as the mechanical part, but the hardest part was re-loading Windows 7 Home Premium and getting it working on the new PC. I read some hear on the forum about this and so far I haven't had to call MS to get it activated (I read that some members who built new machines had to do that).

I have a MacBook Pro with a 1 TB SSD drive and it loads in seconds so i'm hoping I can speed up my new PC with a SSD for the operating system to boot from. I'm just not sure how to go about re-loading Windows 7 again on the SSD drive and avoiding some of the problems i've already had. One of the issues I had was Windows 7 created 4 huge folders during the re-install (Windows.old, Windows.old 000, Windows.old 001, and Windows.old 002). These 4 folders contained all my original programs and the original OS. I tried to copy them to an external HDD and then delete them, but the first one I tried to delete contained some system files that shouldn't be deleted! I'm not sure how to handle this and if Windows 7 did this again on the SSD it would take up the whole drive!

Here's my System:

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.00GHz 31 °C
Haswell 22nm Technology
RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (11-11-11-28)
Motherboard
ASRock Z97X Killer (CPUSocket) 31 °C
Graphics
HP 2709 (1920x1080@60Hz)
4096MB ATI AMD Radeon R9 200 Series (Sapphire/PCPartner) 31 °C
Storage
931GB Seagate ST1000DM 003-1CH162 SCSI Disk Device (SATA) 30 °C
931GB Western Digital WD Elements 10B8 USB Device (USB)
1862GB Western Digital WD My Book 1140 USB Device (USB)
Optical Drives
OPTIARC DVD-ROM DDU1681S SCSI CdRom Device
PLEXTOR DVDR PX-891SAW SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audi

Any help and advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.....
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    Best way is a full reinstall of the OS and then all your programs so to be safe, make sure you create a fresh backup before you begin.

    Since you just installed windows, you can simply clone your existing drive to the ssd; it doesnt sound like you have anything else installed yet.
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