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Hey guys,

Just ordered my new ssd, finally upgrading from a 2 year old crappy hdd. I'm planning on doing a clean win 7 install on my SSD. I have a ton of programs and files on the HDD (600+GB worth) so its impossible for me to clone it. I primarily use my pc for gaming so I have a few questions.

If I have save game files on my old hdd (which will remain in my system as a secondary drive) can I just direct my ssd "my documents" so that if I reinstall the game on the SSD it will still pick up my saves etc from the secondary? If so, will any new saves, preferences etc end up in the old my documents folder as well?

Will programs installed on my old HDD still run from the secondary or will I have to reinstall on the SSD (things like monitoring tools, cleaning tools, etc).

Im basically trying to just use the SSD for windows as well as whatever games im currently playing but would like to keep all the old files, saves etc handy and accessible.

Please let me know if im on the right track or if what im saying makes no sense. Im pretty seasoned when it comes to my pc but ive neglected the storage aspect of my hardware upgrades and am definitely a noob when it comes to ssds!

thanks!
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I have installed my most "important" games on the SSD (Skyrim, SCII), and the rest are on a not-as-slow-as-anyone-would-think 2 TB HDD. I haven't had any complaints. Most games do not really use an SSD power even at loading, so you could live with them on a HDD. Just make sure you identify those which really can use an SSD, then prioritise them.

I also have all of my documents (photos, videos) on my HDD, and there is absolutely no benefit from them being on an SSD. Just make sure to change the default directories for the media folders (right click the media folder, select Properties, then change the directories you want to show). For the save file, it will vary for the game. Some games will use the system drive for save files, no matter which default folder you have configured.

Programs already installed on another HDD may not work on a new OS install, due to missing registry keys. I would reinstall everything just to be on the safe side. An optimised windows install, along with Office, some other basic programs, antivirus and OCing/benching tools should not take over 40 GB.
   
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1: You can, but I don't remember how.

2: Some will, some won't. Depends how much they rely on Registry and PATH. Games should be fine.
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I keep my most played games on the SSD and the others on my HDD. When I made the switch to SSD I manually backed up all my game saves. Most of them are in the 'appdata' folder (hidden folder). To get the most out of your new SSD follow SEAN'S GUIDE.
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