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Getting a new SSD to replace HDD. Need to know about transfering Windows.

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Hey people,

I'll make this quick. I'm redoing my whole computer: mobo, CPU, GPU, the works. Everything except the case and PSU will be changed. I want to keep my HDD for storage and use the new SDD as the boot drive and maybe to hold a few often-used games or programs. All I would like to know is:
1. Can I install Windows on the SDD using the same copy of Windows 7 (64-bit Home Premium) that I used on my HDD? I should be able to right? It's not OEM (and thus tied to mobo) and it's completely legit. I just don't want to run into any crap about license keys or what-have-you...
2. Now, when the OS is on the SDD, what do I do with the old HDD? There is still a copy of Windows on there right? If I reformat it will it eliminate Windows itself on the HDD (Isn't Windows needed to reformat lol)?
3. I've heard that clean installing everything is best (and what I had in mind) so I don't want to know anything about images or drive-cloning or whatever

Any light that could be shed on these questions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance
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I've done this exact scenario with mine. Installed Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on my 1TB drive. Installed it on my brand new SSD, and re-formatted the original 1TB drive. No hiccups.
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If you run into any trouble just call Microsoft and tell them your motherboard died. They will let it go through pretty easy to deal with.
You can format the old drive after you install, before you do dig around and get all your pictures and stuff. Clean in stall is recommend about every year anyways. Keeps your computer running smooth.
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Just unplug your 1TB drive, plug in the SSD to SATA slot 0 or 1. Install windows. Plug in 1TB drive. Format it and your good to go.

You will be able to install Windows to the SSD, same one as on the 1TB drive, and its still the same system (Motherboard, etc.) If you were getting a new motherboard and stuff you would have to re-activate, and would most likely have to the automated process over the phone.
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