Installing new SSD with clean Windows install

When I got my computer in 2012, I used Windows' own mover to move all files and settings over. I didn't know that that was a bad idea, and so ended up with a corrupted profile and some bad settings.

I am finally ready to do something about it.

Here's my setup:

* Windows 10 (which I am loving, by the way)
* Two drives, C and D. C is my boot drive.

I want to format a new SSD drive with a clean Windows 10 install and then replace my existing C drive with that new drive. I know this means I will have to reinstall everything that is on my existing C drive, but I'm fine with that.

Here are my questions:

1. How can I format my new SSD drive with Windows 10 and get it set up as my new C drive? I have a USB connector for the new SSD drive so I can access it from a USB port first; can I use that connection to install Windows on the drive? The new SSD came with software to clone my existing C drive, but of course that is not what I want; I want a clean install to get away from the corrupted install. Can Windows recognize and format a drive connected through a USB port?

2. When I put my new drive C into my computer, how do I tell my computer that I want that to be my boot drive?

3. Once I get the new SSD installed as my new drive C, how do I format my old drive C as a drive E with Windows 10? Again, I am fine with wiping out everything on that drive once I have a new C.

4. I have a lot of programs installed on my D drive and want to keep them there. Will I need to reinstall them? (Again, if so, I'm fine with that.) Or would symlinks work?

Please answer as though I need to have things spelled out for me step by step, because I mostly do.

Thank you so much in advance!


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The easiest was is to

first make the Windows 10 clean install DVD or USB. The remove the second drive and put the SSD as the only drive. Make sure you set it to boot from the USB or DVD before the SSD in bios. Then select format on the SSD when doing the Windows install.

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After SSD is formatted and

Windows installed put the second drive back in.

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C and D drive,

is that drive or partitions? How much space is being use on each?

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Thank you; still hoping for a bit more

Orlbuckeye, thank you. I was hoping to be able to avoid having to do much with uninstalling and reinstalling the hard drives. Can I just disconnect the cables from the hard drives?

Oldartq, C and D are two separate hard drives. C (an SSD) has 211GB used of 222GB. D (a regular hard drive) has 560GB used of 2TB. Why do you ask?

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(NT) sure, disconnect the cables to the drives
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I asked because I was thinking of cloning...then

I re-read your post and you said you don't mind all the driver hunting, so I am just going to skip my idea. Yes just disconnect the cables to both the C and the D drive. Just connect the new SSD and install win10. Have fun. Oh, don't reconnect the other drive until the new win10 is working to your liking.

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