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Add SSD to existing or modified system

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I am looking to upgrade my PC with new CPU/MB/RAM & an SSD hard drive.

I currently have Win7 installed on a 300GB drive that's partitioned evenly as C: & D:. All programs are installed on C. (We'll call this PC "A")

I also have a second PC with a failing MB that will be cannibalized to make a newish PC out of the leftovers from PC "A". This machine is running Vista 64-bit. We'll call this one PC "B".

In a perfect world, I wind up with:
PC "A" using:
new MB, CPU, RAM
new case
new SSD for OS
old HD for programs & storage
existing OS and programs
I'd prefer to do with without having to reinstall Windows, though I know it might be necessary with the hardware changes.

PC "B" using:
case, MB, CPU, RAM from old PC "A"
HD & OS from PC "B"

Where I really need help is getting the 300GB drive into the new PC "A" with the new SSD as the primary with the OS. I really want to do this without having to spend 3 days reinstalling all the software I use for work.

Help me out?
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by:maznabili
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After you've finished your installation, Boot up your machine in Safe Mode a couple of times.. So the OS can detect different MB, SATA controllers, etc.
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by:RKFcomputers
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Ok, thanks.

But what about moving the OS and possible some programs off the 300GB drive onto the SSD?
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by:zkrieger
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unless you are going to buy a *very* expensive SSD large enough to hold the current C: drive, you are out of luck.

yes, there are very long and drawn out ways to use symbolic links to move all the programs over without reinstalling, but since they are already installed, it will be nothing but grief for you, every time you run into a reference within the software thats pointing at C: instead of some place else.

so the short answer is yes you can, but it will take longer and only maybe work. You are better off reinstalling. (and following internet guides as you install to move program files to the hard drive)
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I'm thinking of a 30GB SSD to hold the OS, and the 300GB drive (currently split into 2 partitions) for data, programs.

What you say makes sense, I was just hoping there might be a way around it.
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