Adding a SSD to my already built computer

I built my computer a few months ago and I feel like I majorly messed up by not adding a SSD and only having a HDD.

I was thinking about maybe buying a SSD during Black Friday. Is it easy to transfer my OS from my HDD to my SSD? I only want to add my OS on the SSD. I currently have a 2TB HD that has about 600gb used (mostly game). How much of a headache would it be to transfer?
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  1. if the SSD is larger than 600GB no problem you could clone the drive, remove the hdd from the boot menu and go.

    if you add say a 240GB ssd you will have some choices to make. which data goes and which data stays.

    My suggestion (if smaller SSD) is to remove the HDD power cable, add the SSD and install OS fresh. after install to SSD and updates, reconnect the power to the HDD (while powered off of course) and you can now re-install apps to SSD and migrate data from HDD to SSD
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  2. lysthe said:
    I built my computer a few months ago and I feel like I majorly messed up by not adding a SSD and only having a HDD.

    I was thinking about maybe buying a SSD during Black Friday. Is it easy to transfer my OS from my HDD to my SSD? I only want to add my OS on the SSD. I currently have a 2TB HD that has about 600gb used (mostly game). How much of a headache would it be to transfer?


    There is no function or application to transfer only the OS.
    It's mostly an all or nothing thing.

    If you can reduce the total used space to significantly below the size of the new SSD, then you can (maybe) clone it over to the SSD.
    Otherwise, a clean install on the SSD. OS and all your applications.

    - "Significantly below" = 200GB for a 250GB drive, 400GB for a 500GB drive, etc.
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  3. USAFRet said:

    There is no function or application to transfer only the OS.
    It's mostly an all or nothing thing.

    If you can reduce the total used space to significantly below the size of the new SSD, then you can (maybe) clone it over to the SSD.
    Otherwise, a clean install on the SSD. OS and all your applications.

    - "Significantly below" = 200GB for a 250GB drive, 400GB for a 500GB drive, etc.


    Luckily it's mostly only games and apps like Steam, Discord, and such. I have reasonably fast internet so re-installing them won't be so bad. How does that work for my Microsoft licence? If I try re-installing on a SSD, won't it require a new key?
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  4. lysthe said:


    Luckily it's mostly only games and apps like Steam, Discord, and such. I have reasonably fast internet so re-installing them won't be so bad. How does that work for my Microsoft licence? If I try re-installing on a SSD, won't it require a new key?


    Reinstall on a new drive, in the same system, will not require a new license key.

    1. What OS is this?
    2. Do you have another drive, internal or external, where you could temporarily put your Steam games?
    3. What size/make/model SSD are you considering? 250GB is the sweet spot for price v size.
    4. You really don't want 'only the OS' on it. You also want all your applications and other clients on that SSD as well.
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  5. USAFRet said:
    lysthe said:


    Luckily it's mostly only games and apps like Steam, Discord, and such. I have reasonably fast internet so re-installing them won't be so bad. How does that work for my Microsoft licence? If I try re-installing on a SSD, won't it require a new key?


    Reinstall on a new drive, in the same system, will not require a new license key.

    1. What OS is this?
    2. Do you have another drive, internal or external, where you could temporarily put your Steam games?
    3. What size/make/model SSD are you considering? 250GB is the sweet spot for price v size.
    4. You really don't want 'only the OS' on it. You also want all your applications and other clients on that SSD as well.


    1. Windows 10
    2. I don't. I was going to basically delete everything except for the bare-bone minimum
    3. I was considering 250GB
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  6. lysthe said:


    1. Windows 10
    2. I don't. I was going to basically delete everything except for the bare-bone minimum
    3. I was considering 250GB


    OK.
    Don't just "delete", but rather uninstall.
    Get the tital consumed space to below 200GB, and then you can clone the whole thing over.

    Exactly like this:
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    Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
    Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
    Power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
    Power up
    Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
    Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive
    Click the 'Clone' button
    Wait until it is done
    When it finishes, power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
    Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
    Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
    If good, continue the power up

    It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
    Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

    If it works, and it should, all is good.

    Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe as necessary.
    Delete the original boot partitions, here:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/4f1b84ac-b193-40e3-943a-f45d52e23685/cant-delete-extra-healthy-recovery-partitions-and-healthy-efi-system-partition?forum=w8itproinstall
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