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how to switch my OS to a different SSD?

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I have a 250gb Samsung ssd that I first had when I got my PC. I then got a 1TB HDD for more storage like photos and videos. The 250gb ssd has my OS and some games like battlefield and small applications. I really want to get like a 60gb ssd for pure OS then use the 250gb for games and large applications that may load slow if put on a HDD.

My questions are:

Can I transfer my OS from my 250gb to a 60gb ssd easily without corruption?

I still have my windows 8.1 install disc so if i delete all the unwanted stuff on my ssd can I easily use the same disc to get my OS back?
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You can do it in one of two ways. If you are simply replacing the drive, and assuming all you have in the drive is OS, you can take an image of that drive and install that into the other drive - basically cloning the drive. Or you can simply reinstall windows 8 in the new drive since you have the disk. Your other drives that has data, games, etc. will be fine. I usually do the second option, but you may need to reinstall some of your software. If you want avoid any reinstall, google disc cloning, find a suitable and free tool, and go nuts.
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^^^ Yeah agreed wit the cloning/imaging suggestion. This is, by far, the easiest way to move over your OS and settings (assuming you have enough space on the new drive). thumb.gif
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Thanks!
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I actually missed the part where you are going from 250 gb to a 60 gb pure OS SSD. I think in this instance, the second option of reinstalling windows 8 fresh will be better in my opinion. Then you can clean up the 250 gig and put your favorite games in there.
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