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Whats the best way to move over from a HDD to a SSD if both have different windows installed and files on them

Whats the best way to move over from a HDD to a SSD if both have different windows installed and files on them, sorry for the long title :)
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  1. Best way? Keep the SSD and the files to boot from, move all of the important files you want to keep from the HDD to the SSD temporarily, reformat the HDD, and reinstall everything.
  2. Patrick_19 said:
    Whats the best way to move over from a HDD to a SSD if both have different windows installed and files on them, sorry for the long title :)


    1. Why 2 OS's?
    2. Which OS's?
    3. What do you want the end state to be? Which OS, which drive, etc...
  3. USAFRet said:
    Patrick_19 said:
    Whats the best way to move over from a HDD to a SSD if both have different windows installed and files on them, sorry for the long title :)


    1. Why 2 OS's?
    2. Which OS's?
    3. What do you want the end state to be? Which OS, which drive, etc...


    I want to be on just one OS but heres the thing. The SSD is currently in my laptop, 240gb that I got recently with windows 7 x64 installed on it and all the laptop drivers.
    The HDD is currently in my desktop that I only got up and running recently. The computer itself is quite old but it runs csgo at 200fps so im happy :). It also has windows 7 but for some reason I accidentally installed windows 7 x32 on it (the processor supports x64 I checked, I must have been half asleep when doing the install) but the effort of a new install is too much.

    The end state is a config where I have the SSD running windows 7 x64 on my desktop, while also using the HDD for file storage like movies, music and sample libraries.

    So what should I do? Pop the ssd into my desktop, format it and install windows 7 on it from scratch x64?
    The ideal solution would be without any formatting, since both drives have files on them. I'm pretty sure I partitioned the drives so that windows has its own partition on both of them if that helps.
  4. Best answer
    I would do that, yes. Given that your current laptop win 7 is OEM, you'll need to reinstall with the product key that you got for the tower. Most likely, you'll need to reformat the SSD in order to get a clean install of Windows on it. Just make sure that when you reformat it, it's reformatted to GPT and not MBR, I've made that mistake many times x.x

    Go into your disk management and check the partitions on the drives, when I install Win 10, it gives me a recovery partition, an EFI boot partition, and then sections the entire rest of it off. Those two partitions don't hold the Win 10 installation. Now, if you created the partitions yourself and set aside a chunk of your drives specifically for Windows, that would certainly make the job easier, especially if you don't have any other files other than Windows on it.
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