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Operating system data migration HELP!

by Exodusangel / August 21, 2013 3:13 AM PDT

This is my very first time posting on the forums and I hope i receive the answer to this issue im dealing with. Currently I am running Windows 7 64bit on a 2 TB Samsung Barracuda HDD. I also have 2 other SSDs inside the computer. I have been wondering if or how i may move only the operating system/System files to one of my SSDs so Windows could boot/run faster. I do not want to lose any of my data/games/game data on my current HDD. I also own a copy of Windows 8 that i haven't installed. Basically I want to run programs from the HDD as a secondary drive with my major programs like steam, Origin, etc on the SSD. Is it even possible to move certain files/folders/Operating system? I cannot afford any backup nor External HDD. Basically stuck with my 3 Drives. My SSDs are 80gigs and 120gigs of space. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

AMD FX 8350 Processor
8 GB of Ram
2tb Samsung Barracuda HDD
120G Samsung SSD
80G Corsair SSD
Windows 7 64bit

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You can reinstall on the SSDs
by wpgwpg / August 21, 2013 3:31 AM PDT

I think your best option would be to do a new install of Windows 7 on one SSD and Windows 8 on the other. This would give you a 3 way multiple boot. Install Windows 8 last. Everything you currently have on your 2 TB hard drive would still be there, but you'd need to reinstall your applications. I recommend putting the paging file on the hard drive.
Good luck.

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by Exodusangel / August 21, 2013 4:21 AM PDT

Well im trying to do this process without having to go into bios and booting a certain Windows. I am just trying to have 1 Windows that runs all of the files from all three Drives.

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Re: installing
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 21, 2013 4:38 AM PDT
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So first install your favorite version of Windows (Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, whatever) on that SSD and set your BIOS to boot from that. Temporarily disconnecting the 2 other drives greatly helps to do this right.

Then install all our applications while running that OS and onto whatever disk (SSD, HDD) you prefer (provided the installer lets you choose a drive, not all do: some automatically choose the c:-drive and you can't change it).


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