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Getting new SSd, migrate OS from old drive

AgentGuig
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As the title states, I'm gonna be adding an SSd to my computer. This won't be for a few weeks, but I'll be doing an overal upgrade with a CPU, MoBo, and the SSD. I'm going with a Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVME SSD. I want to keep my old hard drive for games and general storage, its a WD Caviar Blue 1TB. I guess my main question here would be, If I do a fresh install of windows on the SSD, would then need to format of hard drive or would I be able to delete the old install of windows from it.

If its relevant, the other parts I'm getting are a Ryzen 3700X and Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

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Issue you'll have is not necessarily Windows, but drivers for other components.

I plugged in a drive to my computer that had Win7 installed but as long as BIOS knows to boot to the drive with Win10, than you'll simply just be able to view the files without execution.

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From my experience, if you have a install of windows on both then you can boot from both.

 

From stuff I have read, it is not a good idea to boot your PC with 2 boot drives as it can corrupt them.

CPU: i7 6700

GPU: GTX 1060 6GB

RAM: 16GB DDR4 2133 MHZ

Storage: 2TB Crucial SATA SSD + 2TB WD BLUE

 

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  • 2 weeks later...
On 5/28/2020 at 2:46 PM, AgentGuig said:

I guess my main question here would be, If I do a fresh install of windows on the SSD, would then need to format of hard drive or would I be able to delete the old install of windows from it.

No, you do not need to format the hard drive, just delete system files related to previous Windows installation.

https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/can-i-delete-windows-on-my-old-harddrive-now-i-have-it-on-my-ssd.3029587/

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