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houshoin

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Hi,

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit first of all.

I have 1 SSD as the main drive running the windows and 1 HDD for programs installations.

If I want to buy a new (bigger storage) SSD and would like to transfer all the programs from the HDD to that new SSD (after clonning the windows from the old SSD to the new one), how would I go about doing that? Or rather, is that possible?

So what I'm trying to do is to get rid of the old SSD and the HDD and transfer everything to just one new SSD. I've cloned disks before, but I'm not sure if the programs from the HDD could be transferred or not.

Thank you!
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Please disregard.

Edited by mysoul, 31 October 2012 - 06:46 AM.

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http://www.sevenforu...-files-ssd.html

http://www.google.co...4bmB3yQ&cad=rja



The above links should help answer your questions.

You don't mention the size of the new SSD but hopefully it is NOT less than an 120 GB sized one

as otherwise you may not be happy in the long run.

Edited by mysoul, 31 October 2012 - 06:44 AM.

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http://www.sevenforu...-files-ssd.html

http://www.google.co...4bmB3yQ&cad=rja



The above links should help answer your questions.

You don't mention the size of the new SSD but hopefully it is NOT less than an 120 GB sized one

as otherwise you may not be happy in the long run.


Thanks for helping but I don't think you understood what I was asking. Both links above describe how to clone disks or save your OS as an image, I know how to do that. The problem in my case is that my installed programs are in the HDD and not with the SSD which is the OS. So if I were to clone my old SSD to a new SSD (256GB), the programs would still be stuck in the HDD. I want to transfer everything from both HDD and the old SSD to the new SSD.
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http://apcmag.com/ho...w-ssd-drive.htm

http://forums.anandt...d.php?t=2252744

See if these links are useful.

İ would not think of simply transfering,reinstall all of your programs.

That's best
http://superuser.com...d-easy-transfer

Please have a read here.

Edited by mysoul, 01 November 2012 - 02:37 AM.

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I doubt if what you want to do is possible, unless you create two partitions on the SSD, but I may be wrong. Into the first partitions you will copy the cloned operating system and into the other the cloned HD.

You can try it and see if it work, but you have to buy the bigger SSD first, unless you can borrow one for the experiment. If it doesn't work then do it the old, straight forward, proven way: OS installation, drivers, programs etc.
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Thanks for the help guys. Been a little late to reply but I ended up just reinstalling the programs 'cuz copying those program files over to the new SSD didn't work. Lesson learned: install everything in 1 drive??
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Lesson learned: install everything in 1 drive??


You will hear different opinions regarding your question. My approach is to install the operating system and all programs in the same disk because there is a very strong link between the two. By default most programs are installed on C and I have seen too many cases in which people who tried to separate the two ended up in a complete mess.

As a matter of fact I almost always install documents and data in the same partition too. The reason is that most average users do not know how to manage their documents so you end up with some on C (emails are most common) and some on D, which makes backup a much more complicated business with higher chance of losing material.

The HD on my main computer is a 500 GB, all in one partition, C.

I understand why other people do it differently and respect their opinion.
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Lesson learned: install everything in 1 drive??


You will hear different opinions regarding your question. My approach is to install the operating system and all programs in the same disk because there is a very strong link between the two. By default most programs are installed on C and I have seen too many cases in which people who tried to separate the two ended up in a complete mess.

As a matter of fact I almost always install documents and data in the same partition too. The reason is that most average users do not know how to manage their documents so you end up with some on C (emails are most common) and some on D, which makes backup a much more complicated business with higher chance of losing material.

The HD on my main computer is a 500 GB, all in one partition, C.

I understand why other people do it differently and respect their opinion.





İ fully agree with The Sceptic,that's the way i do things as well.
İ found this method to be the best(for me anyway).
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