Questions about using new SSD and old HDD together

I am looking to upgrade to an SSD, specifically the Samsung 850 Evo 250GB, and use it as my primary boot drive for Windows 7. Currently I have an old Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD as my only drive and it stores all my music and Steam games including Windows 7. I plan on doing a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD, and using my HDD as storage and what not. I am familiar with the steps needed to make my SSD my primary boot drive, but some things still puzzle me.

Here are my questions:

1.) If I have Windows 7 on both drives wouldn't they conflict?

2.) In order to use all games (Steam) and programs on my old HDD do I need to wipe it clean or can I keep it as is?

3.) If I need to wipe the HDD, how would I go about doing this?

4.) Once installing Windows 7 on the new SSD, do I need to download and install motherboard and graphics drivers all over again? Or would they carry over from the HDD (if I don't have to wipe it)?
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    That's a lot of questions ;) I'll try answer them all

    1. No they shouldn't just don't have the HDD plugged in while you install your new SSD and Win 7 on it. Once the new SSD with Windows on it is up and running, power off and re-connect your HDD. Then on first boot go into BIOS and make sure your SSD is set as the boot drive (BIOS will detect both drives as bootable)

    2. This one is kinda tricky. you will be able to use all your Steam games on your old HDD (if you want to avoid having to download and re-install them) but if you are going to install Steam again on your SSD then you will have to "point" Steam to your HDD as a place for it to look for games... or you can just leave Steam on your HDD and run it from there.

    3. If you want to make things simpler (and avoid any unforeseen conflicts with Steam and any other programs you might want to still run from the HDD) it might be best to format it and start fresh. There are some things you will want to do though. Make sure you grab any save files/screenshots/etc. from your games (they are unfortunately kept in different places by different games but usually they are under C:\Users\(Your user name)\AppData\Local (and LocalLow and Roaming)\*game name* or *publisher or developer name* )
    Once you've gotten all the info you don't want to lose (like saved games) and you are ready to format got to start menu-> right click on Computer->Manage->Storage->Disk Management then select your HDD and -> more options(on the right panel of the screen) then Format
    *NOTE* once you format all the info on that disc is essentially gone so be sure you've got the info you want first!

    4. After you have installed Win on your new SSD (and before step 2 or 3) you will wan to do these things
    a) Install all your motherboard drivers (good idea to get them first and have them on a USB stick)
    b)Install any anti-virus (if you use any other than M4 security and Windows Firewall)
    c) update your GPU drivers (and any other PCIE cards your might have i.e. sounds card, etc.)

    To you last point, no nothing driver or OS related will "carry over" from your HDD as the OS will only boot from one drive at a time, so if the drive that boots doesn't have the drivers, they technically "aren't there" because they aren't in the proper directory (on the OS drive)

    Hope this helps some, let me know if you've got more questions :)
  2. Thank you :)
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