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I have both a 1tb HDD and a 240 gb ssd, I have already downloaded Windows onto the HDD but is there a way to change it to boot to the SSD instead? And also what would you think should be put in an SSD?
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  1. You will need to properly install windows onto the ssd. I would definitely suggest doing this, you can also put some games on your ssd but dont fill it up too much leave about 50gb, and stick all the rest like files and pic and stuff on the hdd.
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  2. JoshRC said:
    You will need to properly install windows onto the ssd. I would definitely suggest doing this, you can also put some games on your ssd but dont fill it up too much leave about 50gb, and stick all the rest like files and pic and stuff on the hdd.


    So what should I do once I have booted windows on SSD? Do I delete Windows on HDD?
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  3. PCRookie747 said:
    I have both a 1tb HDD and a 240 gb ssd, I have already downloaded Windows onto the HDD but is there a way to change it to boot to the SSD instead? And also what would you think should be put in an SSD?


    You need to start over.

    Disconnect ALL drives except for the SSD
    Install the OS on the SSD
    Verify the boot order, to ensure the HDD is not in there.
    Reconnect the HDD
    Wipe ALL the partitions on that HDD
    Create a new partition on the HDD, using the whole space.

    ---------------------------------
    What to put on which drive?

    The 240GB SSD will hold the OS and ALL your applications, and maybe a game or two.
    Everything else goes to the HDD

    Read here:
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1 & 10: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html
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  4. USAFRet said:
    PCRookie747 said:
    I have both a 1tb HDD and a 240 gb ssd, I have already downloaded Windows onto the HDD but is there a way to change it to boot to the SSD instead? And also what would you think should be put in an SSD?


    You need to start over.

    Disconnect ALL drives except for the SSD
    Install the OS on the SSD
    Verify the boot order, to ensure the HDD is not in there.
    Reconnect the HDD
    Wipe ALL the partitions on that HDD
    Create a new partition on the HDD, using the whole space.

    ---------------------------------
    What to put on which drive?

    The 240GB SSD will hold the OS and ALL your applications, and maybe a game or two.
    Everything else goes to the HDD

    Read here:
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1 & 10: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html


    So I need to use safe wipe to wipe windows from my HDD? And then I need to re-download all the files?
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  5. PCRookie747 said:
    USAFRet said:
    PCRookie747 said:
    I have both a 1tb HDD and a 240 gb ssd, I have already downloaded Windows onto the HDD but is there a way to change it to boot to the SSD instead? And also what would you think should be put in an SSD?


    You need to start over.

    Disconnect ALL drives except for the SSD
    Install the OS on the SSD
    Verify the boot order, to ensure the HDD is not in there.
    Reconnect the HDD
    Wipe ALL the partitions on that HDD
    Create a new partition on the HDD, using the whole space.

    ---------------------------------
    What to put on which drive?

    The 240GB SSD will hold the OS and ALL your applications, and maybe a game or two.
    Everything else goes to the HDD

    Read here:
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1 & 10: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html


    So I need to use safe wipe to wipe windows from my HDD? And then I need to re-download all the files?


    What do you mean by "re-download the files" ?
    What are you looking at doing?
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  6. PCRookie747 said:
    USAFRet said:
    PCRookie747 said:
    I have both a 1tb HDD and a 240 gb ssd, I have already downloaded Windows onto the HDD but is there a way to change it to boot to the SSD instead? And also what would you think should be put in an SSD?


    You need to start over.

    Disconnect ALL drives except for the SSD
    Install the OS on the SSD
    Verify the boot order, to ensure the HDD is not in there.
    Reconnect the HDD
    Wipe ALL the partitions on that HDD
    Create a new partition on the HDD, using the whole space.

    ---------------------------------
    What to put on which drive?

    The 240GB SSD will hold the OS and ALL your applications, and maybe a game or two.
    Everything else goes to the HDD

    Read here:
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1 & 10: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html


    So I need to use safe wipe to wipe windows from my HDD? And then I need to re-download all the files?


    Do not delete any file until you have installed windows on the ssd AS WELL AS the hdd.
    You can do that by putting in a windows install CD or with a bootable USB (https://venturebeat.com/2016/01/04/how-to-create-a-bootable-windows-10-usb-flash-drive-2/).
    Then disconnect your hdd from the mobo.
    You must choose to boot from the installation media in your boot menu in the bios and make sure during the installation that you choose the right disc to install on. Install window onto the ssd shut down and reconnect the hdd and then boot off it ssd. It is at this point that you can delete or reformat the hdd.
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  7. JoshRC said:


    Do not delete any file until you have installed windows on the ssd AS WELL AS the hdd.



    WHAT???? This is completely incorrect.

    You do NOT need to install the OS on both drives.
    Nor should you. At all.
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  8. USAFRet said:
    JoshRC said:


    Do not delete any file until you have installed windows on the ssd AS WELL AS the hdd.



    WHAT???? This is completely incorrect.

    You do NOT need to install the OS on both drives.
    Nor should you. At all.


    This is how i have always done it in the past. Could you perhaps tell why this would be incorrect?
    Its essentially just a dual boot system with 2 windows drives.
    As far as i knew having both drives connected during the install may cause some problems but if you just have one drive connected is shouldn't.
    Alternatively you just keep them both connected and re format the hdd just before you start the new install it's essentially doing the same thing though.

    Just sounds like the op was under the impression that you could just delete the windows files in explorer and then redownload windows which is obviously not the case, i was really just trying to explain the bootable install off the usb.
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  9. JoshRC said:
    USAFRet said:
    JoshRC said:


    Do not delete any file until you have installed windows on the ssd AS WELL AS the hdd.



    WHAT???? This is completely incorrect.

    You do NOT need to install the OS on both drives.
    Nor should you. At all.


    This is how i have always done it in the past. Could you perhaps tell why this would be incorrect?
    As far as i knew having both drives connected may cause some issues but if you just have one drive connected is shouldt cause issues
    Alternatively you just keep them both connected and re format the hdd just before you start the new install its essentially doing the same thing though.


    OK....here's what is going to happen:

    He currently has the OS installed on the HDD.
    He desires the OS to be on the SSD. As it should be.

    Leaving the HDD connected while you install the OS again on the SSD will result in the boot partition that currently exists on the HDD to be altered, to recognize the new install on the SSD.
    Boot up, and you would be presented with a menu to select which OS. Win 10 or Win 10. HDD or SSD (but it doesn't really tell you).

    Now....we remove the HDD, or delete all the partitions on the HDD.
    Guess what....that boot partition now no longer exists.
    No boot for you, because that boot partition does not exists on the SSD.

    Install the OS on the SSD with only the SSD connected.
    Reconnect the HDD later, and do with it what you please. Preferably, wipe it.


    Your procedure above had him installing the OS on the SSD while the HDD was still connected.


    Now...the question is...what already exists on the HDD?
    Since this seems to be a brand new install, probably not much. But we shall have to wait for confirmation from the OP.
    In any case, whatever applications, drivers, utilities were install with the OS on the HDD...htey will have to be reinstalled again anyway, with the OS on the SSD.
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  10. USAFRet said:
    JoshRC said:
    USAFRet said:
    JoshRC said:


    Do not delete any file until you have installed windows on the ssd AS WELL AS the hdd.



    WHAT???? This is completely incorrect.

    You do NOT need to install the OS on both drives.
    Nor should you. At all.


    This is how i have always done it in the past. Could you perhaps tell why this would be incorrect?
    As far as i knew having both drives connected may cause some issues but if you just have one drive connected is shouldt cause issues
    Alternatively you just keep them both connected and re format the hdd just before you start the new install its essentially doing the same thing though.


    OK....here's what is going to happen:

    He currently has the OS installed on the HDD.
    He desires the OS to be on the SSD. As it should be.

    Leaving the HDD connected while you install the OS again on the SSD will result in the boot partition that currently exists on the HDD to be altered, to recognize the new install on the SSD.
    Boot up, and you would be presented with a menu to select which OS. Win 10 or Win 10. HDD or SSD (but it doesn't really tell you).

    Now....we remove the HDD, or delete all the partitions on the HDD.
    Guess what....that boot partition now no longer exists.
    No boot for you, because that boot partition does not exists on the SSD.

    Install the OS on the SSD with only the SSD connected.
    Reconnect the HDD later, and do with it what you please. Preferably, wipe it.


    Your procedure above had him installing the OS on the SSD while the HDD was still connected.


    Now...the question is...what already exists on the HDD?
    Since this seems to be a brand new install, probably not much. But we shall have to wait for confirmation from the OP.
    In any case, whatever applications, drivers, utilities were install with the OS on the HDD...htey will have to be reinstalled again anyway, with the OS on the SSD.


    Nope your wrong that's exactly what i have said. TWICE actually
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  11. JoshRC said:


    Do not delete any file until you have installed windows on the ssd AS WELL AS the hdd.
    You can do that by putting in a windows install CD or with a bootable USB (https://venturebeat.com/2016/01/04/how-to-create-a-bootable-windows-10-usb-flash-drive-2/).
    Then disconnect your hdd from the mobo.
    You must choose to boot from the installation media in your boot menu in the bios and make sure during the installation that you choose the right disc to install on. Install window onto the ssd shut down and reconnect the hdd and then boot off it ssd. It is at this point that you can delete or reformat the hdd.


    To reiterate...the bolded line above appears to be in the wrong sequence.
    That's the way it reads.

    Disconnect the HDD before you do any booting from the install media or whatever.
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  12. JoshRC said:


    Nope your wrong that's exactly what i have said. TWICE actually


    I get what you're saying, but it reads a bit wrong.
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  13. It literally wrote "Then disconnect your hdd from the mobo" that does not read wrong mate.
    Why do you feel the need to give me a hard time hey? Im just here to help people out with there issues as people have done for me on this website in the past.
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  14. JoshRC said:


    It literally wrote "Then disconnect your hdd from the mobo" that does not read wrong mate.
    Why do you feel the need to give me a hard time hey? Im just here to help people out with there issues as people have for me in the past.


    I'm not trying to give you a hard time.
    But thats just the way it read.....
    "Do not delete any file until you have installed windows on the ssd AS WELL AS the hdd."
    and then
    "Then disconnect your hdd from the mobo."

    Reading it through a second/third time makes perfect sense, and we are both saying the same thing.
    But the first read through that seemed like having the OS on both drives.

    I apologize if I read it the wrong way.
    We straight now?

    OP....what is actually on the HDD currently?
    Are you sufficiently confused?
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  15. USAFRet said:
    JoshRC said:


    It literally wrote "Then disconnect your hdd from the mobo" that does not read wrong mate.
    Why do you feel the need to give me a hard time hey? Im just here to help people out with there issues as people have for me in the past.


    I'm not trying to give you a hard time.
    But thats just the way it read.....
    "Do not delete any file until you have installed windows on the ssd AS WELL AS the hdd."
    and then
    "Then disconnect your hdd from the mobo."

    Reading it through a second/third time makes perfect sense, and we are both saying the same thing.
    But the first read through that seemed like having the OS on both drives.

    I apologize if I read it the wrong way.
    We straight now?

    OP....what is actually on the HDD currently?
    Are you sufficiently confused?


    Yeah actually I see what you mean. All good
    I apologize too i don't respond very well to criticism
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  16. JoshRC said:


    Yeah actually I see what you mean. All good
    I apologize too i don't respond very well to criticism



    You wouldn't believe the number of people I've seen in here that think an OS needs to be installed on each drive in a multi-drive system.
    To the point of having a different OS license for each drive.
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  17. USAFRet said:
    JoshRC said:


    Yeah actually I see what you mean. All good
    I apologize too i don't respond very well to criticism



    You wouldn't believe the number of people I've seen in here that think an OS needs to be installed on each drive in a multi-drive system.
    To the point of having a different OS license for each drive.


    First of all, I'm amazed this thread went crazy, secondly I have only downloaded steam, a few games, chrome, and some recording software. Do you people think I should wipe my HDD or try to move it all onto SSD?
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    PCRookie747 said:
    USAFRet said:
    JoshRC said:


    Yeah actually I see what you mean. All good
    I apologize too i don't respond very well to criticism



    You wouldn't believe the number of people I've seen in here that think an OS needs to be installed on each drive in a multi-drive system.
    To the point of having a different OS license for each drive.


    First of all, I'm amazed this thread went crazy, secondly I have only downloaded steam, a few games, chrome, and some recording software. Do you people think I should wipe my HDD or try to move it all onto SSD?


    I would just do a clean install on the SSD, and then wipe the HDD.
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