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New SSD & HDD, old HDD with Failing Health, How to Migrate Programs and Files?

Hey Tom'sHardware,

I am going to be receiving a 120gb SSD from a friend and I want to install it on my main computer, along with a new HDD. However, my old HDD has more used storage than the SSD is capable of holding, and is failing, and I wanted to know what would be the best way possible to migrate from the old HDD to the new SSD and HDD. Reinstalling Windows on the SSD and transferring programs over to the HDD might work, but how?
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    Transferring programs will be more of a headache than it's worth. To clone one disc to two with an OS will be tricky.I'd get all the storage files onto the new HDD first until the old HDD is smaller than 120gb then clone to the SSD..
  2. CropEditPaste said:
    Reinstalling Windows on the SSD and transferring programs over to the HDD might work, but how?

    1. Remove HDD, connect SSD;
    2. Install windows;
    3. Connect new HDD, old HDD;
    4. copy data from Old HDD to new HDD.
    Done.
  3. ^ that'll cover files, but not programs. Back up to another drive and restore to new one(s) would work better, if the partitions are well segregated and sized.
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