transfering windows 8 to ssd

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danferd13

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ok so i just got myself an ssd to put in my computer and i was wondering if there is any way to transfer just windows 8 to the ssd without having to reinstall EVERYTHING!?!
 

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You can clone your existing drive however that copies the complete drive; not just windows.

There are other things to consider as well;
1 A ssd type drive needs a different partition offset than a mech drive. If you use the latest version of acronis to clone, acronis will recognize a ssd and apply the correct offset.
2 You will have to manually enable TRIM for the ssd
3 Some things that run on a schedule ie defrag, etc will have to be manually turned off

All of these things are done for you automatically when you clean install either win7 or win8. Cloning the drive requires you to do them manually.

FWIW I would just clean install the os. An install from a bootable usb3 drive on to a ssd takes all of 10min or so.
 

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ok cool so if i install windows on the ssd is there a way to uninstall windows on the hdd so it just has all my files (lots of games and music)? XD
 

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No. If you install windows, you must install your programs as well. When a program installs itself, it copies files to its own folder AND the windows and or window\system32 folder. Along with those files are registry entries that point to the relevant file. In short if you want to clean install windows, you must install your apps as well.
 

danferd13

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ahhhhh ok sounds logical haha so can i just copy my users folder over to the "new" OS so i have all my music,documents stuff like that?
 

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Data files are fine to copy; you cannot copy program folders and expect them to work.
 

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so i installed windows 8 on my SSD how would i delete everything off my HDD and make it a data drive also make it my second drive while my SSD is my main (OS) drive?
 

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so i installed windows 8 on my SSD how would i delete everything off my HDD and make it a data drive also make it my second drive while my SSD is my main (OS) drive?
If you want to delete everything, simply format the drive. This can be done in disk management or my computer. Note this destroys ALL data on the disk so be sure there is nothing you need on the drive.
 
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