Install a clean Windows 10 into SSD while keeping my files

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  1. Jajo240

    Jajo240 Notebook Guru

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    So, I just installed a Crucial MX300 (525GB) into my laptop. Right now, all of my files are inside the 1TB HDD, with around 200 GB free. Of course, I want to install Windows on my new SSD, but cloning isn't possible (I'd have to delete all of my games and redownload them, without mentioning that most of the data is fine to stay on the slower disk). The easiest way I can think to do this, is by installing a fresh Windows 10 into my SSD, and then move/reinstall what I need from one disk to another, and after that, set the SSD as the principal disk and use the HDD as storage (thus deleting Windows from it). Is this even possibile? To have two Windows 10 installed at the same time, even if in different drives? Or there are other ways?

    Also, bonus question: my pc came eqiupped with Windows 8, then I made the free upgrade to 10, would I have any problems with license and stuff?
     
  2. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You can install win8.1 on your PC but your current license can't be used because w10 consumed it.
    Do you have Steam games? Use game save manager to backup your game settings and progress.
    If your games are Steam based, then copy the entire folder under Steamapp/common/ to your external HDD.
    One thing I can suggest you is to create a partition for storing your games and your files temporarily and use macrium reflect to clone it to the SSD.
     
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    So, the only way to have Win 10 on my SSD would be by cloning the drive or buying another license? Downloading games isn't really an issue, I have a 300Mb connection and Steam/Uplay will do all on their own, I'd just prefer to start fresh because of all the crap I would unavoidably carry over to the SSD.
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Why waste both internet bandwidth, time to install and tweak your games when you can simply move to ext. HDD and be smart.
    Cloning or clean install will preserve your W10 license. To be safe I'd login to Microsoft account and link your license online.
     
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    Alright, thanks. To summarize, all I have to do is create a bootable USB with Windows 10, install it on the SSD, and then organize my files between the drives? Simple as that?
     
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    I think its better to disconnect the current hdd whilst installing w10. I am telling this to avoid Windows Creating bootloader on both SSD/HDD again.
     
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    Do I have to physically disconnect it or can I "disable" it via software? My pc doesn't have a way to quick reach the slots, I have to unscrew a ton of screws and it's tedious :rolleyes:
     
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    If you have Prema BIOS then you can disable that HDD via BIOS or else disconnect it physically. Or simply move/delete unneeded contents on HDD before cloning. I'd suggest you to clone just C drive with OS.
    Don't plug them both because it will confuse Windows 10 which drive to boot.
     
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    I don't believe this is accurate. You can always go back to Win 8/.1 if you'd like to.
     
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    Don't listen to that spammer. Your license shouldn't be affected even if you've upgraded as you mentioned. The moment you go online, your machine will be activated automatically using HWID from Microsoft. Only motherboard changes may have issues with activation but if you've upgraded from a retail key, then simply calling Microsoft and speaking to one of their customer service agent will help you activate.

    Just install Windows 10 on the SSD and set that as the boot device in the BIOS (you will find 2 Windows Loader entries in the BIOS after you've installed Windows on the SSD) after the first reboot while it's installing Windows 10 on your SSD. Then if you can backup the stuff you want on an external HDD, then format the other HDD in your laptop and copy the stuff that you want from the backup would be the easiest way
     
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