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So, Im finally getting a SSD for windows but im worried/concerned about one thing, how would I get windows from my current HDD to the SSD without losing everything?
I currently have 2 HDDs;
1. 1TB - Serves as the main hard drive for windows and programs etc.
2. 2TB - Literally only has games on it (Steam etc.)
I use windows 7 (Dont bully me please )

Any suggestions or advice?
Do I bother getting a SSD for windows to boot off or is it a waste of money? etc.
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Well, you really should have your HDD partitioned so that your OS is separate from everything else on the HDD. That way you could just format the OS partition and not lose anything on the rest of the HDD.

Assuming you don't have it partitioned, what I'd do is just move everything from the HDD you need/want to keep to your other HDD, or an external drive, format the HDD with your OS on it, re-install OS from scratch on the SSD and then transfer everything back over to the HDD that the OS was on.
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13 wroteWell, you really should have your HDD partitioned so that your OS is separate from everything else on the HDD. That way you could just format the OS partition and not lose anything on the rest of the HDD.

Assuming you don't have it partitioned, what I'd do is just move everything from the HDD you need/want to keep to your other HDD, or an external drive, format the HDD with your OS on it, re-install OS from scratch on the SSD and then transfer everything back over to the HDD that the OS was on.


Yeah I dont think I partitioned the HDD like that, also slight problem, I dont have the windows 7 disc/code anymore... Any suggestions on where I go from here (Yeah I know im stuck in a pretty deep hole here.)


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nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

That should work to help you get the Win7 product key. Then you just need to download a Win7 ISO, make a bootable USB with the ISO, and use the USB to re-install your OS. Obviously you'll want to write your product key down before any of that, so you can use it when you re-install OS.

Alternatively, you can just download Win10 and use that for free anyway.
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13 wrotehttp://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

That should work to help you get the Win7 product key. Then you just need to download a Win7 ISO, make a bootable USB with the ISO, and use the USB to re-install your OS. Obviously you'll want to write your product key down before any of that, so you can use it when you re-install OS.

Alternatively, you can just download Win10 and use that for free anyway.

Thanks, ill keep that in mind.
I have windows 10 on my laptop and I hate it if im honest and I missed my upgrade chance with my PC, just a few more questions.

1. Suggestions on what SSD I get? (Space, Brand etc.)
2. Could you possibly link me a guide/video for the Win7 ISO method?
3. Where can I find the right ISO for my Win7 version?
4. Wont I have to reinstall all my programs too? e.g Photoshop, Steam etc.

Thanks for the help man
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Grohl wroteI have windows 10 on my laptop and I hate it if im honest and I missed my upgrade chance with my PC

You didn't miss your upgrade chance, you can just use Win10 for free. Also I really don't understand what there is to hate about Win10? It's a perfectly good OS, especially if you're using your system for games.

Grohl wrote1. Suggestions on what SSD I get? (Space, Brand etc.)

Depends on budget, currency, etc. 850 EVO or MX300 are my go to's, or BX300/SL308 for cheaper options.

Grohl wrote2. Could you possibly link me a guide/video for the Win7 ISO method?

What do you mean? How to download an ISO? Or make a bootable USB? Or what? Use Rufus or Win2USB to make a bootable USB, they're pretty self explanatory really but if you can't figure it out, I'm sure it's pretty easy to find a video on YouTube explaining how to use Rufus/Win2USB.

Grohl wrote3. Where can I find the right ISO for my Win7 version?

Microsoft website should have them.

Grohl wrote4. Wont I have to reinstall all my programs too? e.g Photoshop, Steam etc.

If they're on the HDD you format, then yes.
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13 wroteYou didn't miss your upgrade chance, you can just use Win10 for free. Also I really don't understand what there is to hate about Win10? It's a perfectly good OS, especially if you're using your system for games.


I thought I missed my chance? I just never liked Windows 10 anyways, the way it was working, interface and nice just some features that really put me off.

13 wroteWhat do you mean? How to download an ISO? Or make a bootable USB? Or what? Use Rufus or Win2USB to make a bootable USB, they're pretty self explanatory really but if you can't figure it out, I'm sure it's pretty easy to find a video on YouTube explaining how to use Rufus/Win2USB.

I meant making a bootable USB and using it to install windows.

Thanks for the help anyways man
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Grohl wroteI thought I missed my chance?

Not really. I mean, for the free upgrade from an older Windows version sort of, but you can install Win10 and use it for free anyway so you didn't miss a chance to use Win10.

Grohl wroteI just never liked Windows 10 anyways, the way it was working, interface and nice just some features that really put me off.

It works fine? It's basically a more modern version of Win7, it's like Win7 with some of the better bits of Win8.1 added lmao. I'm not sure what you mean by features that put you off. Obviously use Win7 if that's what you want, but there's nothing wrong with Win10 and it really is the OS you should be using for a gaming system, unless you have some weird niche requirements, like people who play retro games obviously aren't gonna run Win10 lol.

Grohl wroteI meant making a bootable USB and using it to install windows.

Download Rufus or Win2USB and the Win7 ISO. From there, it's super straight forward. I'd be super surprised if you can't figure it out as soon as you open the program but if you're having any issues with it, come back here and we can help you out.
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