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Conversion to SSD easy as cake? Maybe not.

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Hey guys,

Installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 64 bit on an SSD should be easy enough, but that's not my problem.

Here's what I'm wondering about: several months ago I built a gaming PC from scratch and used two hard drives: one has the OS and some "core" programs (MS Office, FireFox, etc.), and the other has all of my games and media.

My rationale for this configuration was to keep my boot drive "clean" in the pursuit of quicker boot times and for quicker app launching. Does this actually work? I suspect the performance dependence is slim at best.

But nonetheless, now I've got money for an SSD. Looking at a 64g for my OS and the core programs. My question is, is it possible to have the fresh OS recognize all of the existing programs (games) on my other harddrive? If so, can I just grab the launch icons and place them on my desktop? I know that this is a bit naive, but if it's possible it will save several hours of reinstalling apps. My gut feeling is that Windows has registries or some kind of logbook of everything that has been installed, and that this cannot be replicated on the SSD...

Thanks!

Dave
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You can give it a shot, although some apps will be pissed off that they don't have registry entries anymore.

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but if it's possible it will save several hours of reinstalling apps.
I can't imagine you have that many apps..
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Ain't no way I'd expect your plan to work.

Buckle down, do a clean install, and do what you gotta do.
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Beers,

The reason I think it will take several hours is that if I cannot "point" my OS to look at the harddrive for the apps I have on it, I will end up backing up that drive (media only), reformatting it, then then reinstalling everything plus placing the media back on it.

How do I "give it a shot?" What can I do to alleviate pissed off apps? This was basically my question from the start.

Thanks for the reply,

-Dave
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Beers,

The reason I think it will take several hours is that if I cannot "point" my OS to look at the harddrive for the apps I have on it, I will end up backing up that drive (media only), reformatting it, then then reinstalling everything plus placing the media back on it.

How do I "give it a shot?" What can I do to alleviate pissed off apps? This was basically my question from the start.

Thanks for the reply,

-Dave
Give it a shot means just that. Some apps won't care that they aren't in the registry while others will require a reinstall. SO at least you won't have to reinstall ALL of them only some of them.
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I can't speak for others, but when I reinstall Windows, I install the apps on demand. I mean, I don't install something until I want to use it. It might take me a few days to get around to the PDF reader, or the Netflix streaming app (Silverlight), and I won't bother setting up Exact Audio Copy until I buy a new CD to rip. Obviously games are affected, as I'll only install the one or two I want to play soon. Not much gets installed the first day besides the drivers, Windows updates, antivirus, web browser, and a media player or two.

Maybe you could try that instead of getting everything back to the way it was ASAP.
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How do I "give it a shot?"
Since you'll be reinstalling Windows anyway, you don't have much to lose.

1) Boot onto SSD Windows with other drive attached
2) Launch program from other drive
3) If it complains at you, reinstall it
4) If not, use it
5) ???
6) Profit.
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