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Best way to transfer content from SSD to HDD

I have absolutely everything on my computer on a 118GB SSD that I got in an emergency because my previous HDD died without warning. So now tomorrow I have a new 1TB WD HDD coming in and here's my dilemma: I'm wanting to transfer everything from my SSD to my HDD EXCEPT for my OS (obviously), and a 2 intensive programs, Steam, and Sony Vegas Pro 13. What would be the best method of performing this?
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  1. Hey there, Daniel.

    Congrats on the new drive!

    As for transferring everything, I assume that you have all of your information on a single partition on the SSD, so cloning won't be an option. You also want to keep the OS on the SSD (naturally), so it would probably be a matter of copy - paste for the personal data such as: photos, videos, documents, etc. For the programs however, I'd advise you to uninstall them and reinstall them on your HDD.

    Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Boogieman_WD
  2. Is there any way to possibly create a new partition on my SSD so cloning would be an option? Or would that involve reformatting and thus losing all my content?
    Boogieman_WD said:
    Hey there, Daniel.

    Congrats on the new drive!

    As for transferring everything, I assume that you have all of your information on a single partition on the SSD, so cloning won't be an option. You also want to keep the OS on the SSD (naturally), so it would probably be a matter of copy - paste for the personal data such as: photos, videos, documents, etc. For the programs however, I'd advise you to uninstall them and reinstall them on your HDD.

    Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Boogieman_WD
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    There are 3rd party partition management tools which can separate a single partition into 2 other partitions without reformatting, but I'd strongly advise you against trying that out. It's highly possible for some of the data to become corrupted so it's strongly recommended that you backup your data in advance, which on the other hand would make the process pointless since you'd have to transfer the data anyway. So basically this just adds additional steps to the whole process (unless you want to risk losing your data by repartitioning the drive without a backup).
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