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Reinstalling Windows questions

cs95
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I built my pc around 3 years ago and have decided to do a fresh windows install on my SSD, however I have a couple of games and programmes I'd rather not have to download again which are on my SSD. Is there a way I can move everything onto another of my hard drives so I don't have to re-download all my stuff again?

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Just copy everything to a hard drive then pull the data off when your done reinstalling.

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If they are games in a library system (Steam, Origin, etc), then you can easily move the library folder to another drive, and Steam/Origin will find them or can be pointed to them after a new install.

 

As for programs... not sure if things like MS Office, Adobe, etc can, since you usually need to install and make registry entries.

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1 minute ago, LukeTheCoder05 said:

Just copy everything to a hard drive then pull the data off when your done reinstalling.

Can I just drag and drop from one harddrive to the other?

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Just now, cs95 said:

Can I just drag and drop from one harddrive to the other?

I don't see why not. Do you have limited space on said drive? if not, make a zipped (compressed) then copy it in there to temporarily reduce size.

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Just now, jstudrawa said:

If they are games in a library system (Steam, Origin, etc), then you can easily move the library folder to another drive, and Steam/Origin will find them or can be pointed to them after a new install.

 

As for programs... not sure if things like MS Office, Adobe, etc can, since you usually need to install and make registry entries.

Yeah I've done that with steam/origin games, what about nmm?can i just drag that over to my D drive where all my games are?

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Just now, LukeTheCoder05 said:

I don't see why not. Do you have limited space on said drive? if not, make a zipped (compressed) then copy it in there to temporarily reduce size.

I have a 240gb ssd which is nearly full. I got a 2tb drive last year and moved my games to it but id rather keep the ssd for windows and a select few programmes as opposed to the random stuff i have on it now. plus i think after 3 years a fresh install will be good .

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1 minute ago, cs95 said:

I have a 240gb ssd which is nearly full. I got a 2tb drive last year and moved my games to it but id rather keep the ssd for windows and a select few programmes as opposed to the random stuff i have on it now. plus i think after 3 years a fresh install will be good .

Sounds good. how many steam/ origin games do you have total in size?

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Just now, LukeTheCoder05 said:

Sounds good. how many steam/ origin games do you have total in size?

Just under 1tb

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