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Hello all, I just purchased a new SSD the Corsair Force 3 and am wondering about the set up process with regards to the info i have on my old hard drive. Now if I reinstall windows on this SSD, would I be able to then hook up my old hard drive and still have everything on there usable? For example, my games, programs, and music was on my hard drive and will be switching from my primary boot to my secondary drive. Or is the best way going about this formatting my old drive as well and starting everything from scratch. Thanks all thumb.gif
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Everything on the hard drive will still be accessible except for almost all of the programs and games because most programs and games have to be installed into Windows in order to work as they were designed.  Regardless, all of the data is safe;  Windows will see it as a storage drive.

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Thank You for taking the time to answer my question, is there an easy way to make my computer work the same after I install the OS on the ssd? As in being able to have the programs work from the old hard drive, or am I going to just have to reinstall everything?
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Most of the time you can just drag the .exe off the backup/old drive and make shortcut on the ssd. If for some reason it doesn't work, then reinstall it and point it to the backup/old drive and it will fix the issue. Thanks
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You will have to reinstall programs and games etc again, on the SSD or to the seperate drive as Windows has registry entries for everything that you install. Program specifics and required resources, all of that. Windows has to know it or most programs just fail to work (because they wouldn't be able to see the availabe Windows resoruces or paths, etc). Notice I say most, because some programs and games actually work fine if you just copy-paste them, but they are a rare breed.

As far as inactive data like documents and music, nah, all of that stuff will remain functional and untouched as said above.
    
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Ok thats fine, just wanted to not have to go through that if possible but whatever I expected that I would have to.. Thanks all for you help
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