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Advice on Consolidating Hard Drives

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This is my current hard drive setup:
  1. C: - 128 GB SSD - OS
  2. D: - 1.2 TB HDD (RAID0) - My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and games (Steam installation, SteamApps, non-Steam games)
  3. E: - 1 TB HDD - My Videos
  4. F: - 120 GB SSD - SteamApps
  5. {G: - 2 TB HDD - Future hard drive}

This setup is getting kind of unwieldy as I keep adding drives over the years. I have a single large hard drive on order (G:) and I want to use it consolidate my secondary drives. I also want to move that second SSD logically up behind the first one. This is my planned new setup:
  1. C: - 128 GB SSD - OS
  2. D: - 120 GB SSD - Steam Installation, SteamApps, non-Steam games
  3. E: - 2TB HDD - My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, SteamApps, non-Steam games

Moving the library folders is easy enough, as well as Steam, but I am not sure how smoothly moving the non-Steam games will be. Will it work if I move the game installation folders from D: to G:, then shut down the computer, remove drive D:, start back up, and change the drive letter of G: to D:? Is that good enough to fool the registry, or am I better off doing it the hard way, and uninstalling/reinstalling each game?
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You could probably use a harddrive cloning tool to move everything over. I'm not an expert on how game validation works, but I would think cloning the harddrive wouldn't mess anything up.
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Hi thanks for the reply. I want to avoid disk cloning software if possible because it's more complicated than a simple 1:1 hard drive swap. But I found this thread which seems to explain that I can do what I want in safe mode.
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