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I am building a new PC, and I am doing the ever so popular SSD + HDD setup. SSD primary OS installation, HDD everything else. The SSD is blank and I am putting Win7 on it. As for the HDD, I really really don't want to format and repartition and all that stuff again because it is a pain in the butt and I have about 500 GB worth of stuff (200 GB steam games, 300 GB other stuff) I will have to reinstall if I do that. Is there a way to just not have to do that? This is my first custom build and my hard drive is an aftermarket hard drive I bought 2 years ago to replace a failing HP hard drive. I can probably bring down the 300 GB of other stuff to about 100 GB because there is a lot of junk on there like movies I never watch and old games I never play.

Is there anything that I can do so I can keep my HDD with everything on it and have it be my 2nd drive? Anything not convoluted (like messing with the registry on the SSD or something crazy)?
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Oh and my Win7 is 64 bit, and the new Win7 is 64 bit.
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I suggest following Sean's guide:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds/0_100

You'll lose everything in the registry when you reinstall Windows, so you will have to reinstall many things - but at least you won't have to re-download tons of stuff, and won't lose any important documents or personal info.

The important bit is disconnecting your drive before installing to SSD, then reconnecting it afterwards and giving it a drive letter (if necessary) from Disk Management. At that point you've got full access to all your old files - Steam would probably start right up, although many games will require reinstallation to work properly, and you'll have to copy over saved games and preferences from your user folder on the HDD to the user folder on your SSD.
     
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hitachi 2TB - HDS723020BLA64 Crucial M500 960GB - CT960M500SSD1 WD 4TB Black - WD4001FAEX WD 4TB Black - WD4001FAEX 
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Pioneer DVR-115DBK Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE LG GH22NS90 Lite-On EBAU108 External DVD 
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Noctua NH-D15 Fractal Design 140mm Fan - FD-FAN-140 Fractal Design 120mm Fan - FD-FAN-120 Windows 7 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Samsung 2343BWX 23" (2048x1152) BenQ GW2765HT 27" IPS LCD Monitor (2560x1440) Genius Keyboard KB-G235 PA 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic Platinum 1000w PSU - SS-1000XP Fractal Design Define R5 Steelseries Rival 6500 dcpi Mousepad + Desk 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onboard Realtek® ALC 892 Cyber Acoustics CA-2992 2.0 Speakers Razer Krait 1600 DPI nGear G-C1601 Card Reader 
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Pisen Card Reader Gigabyte M7 Thor 
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