128 gb M.2 ssd - Any way to only move OS from 1TB without deleting games etc

Found 7th Jan
Hi guys, so I got a ssd which i can use alongside my hdd in my laptop. Is there any way I can move the OS only without deleting any other files as I really cba to download and install my steam games once again.

Thanks in advance

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Clone the hard drive with existing os to ssd.

If 1 tb hard drive filled capacity is more then 120gb, more likely clone will not possible.

Original Poster

So looks like I'll have to wipe it then :'(

why not backup steam games to 1tb and restore when u have cloned the hdd

Easy, you use macrium reflect free. Clone the drive minus your steam folder. Once cloned, delete everything but your games from the drive. On the SSD now up and running, go to steam, settings, change the location to the old hard drive for games.

Original Poster

alltaken123

Easy, you use macrium reflect free. Clone the drive minus your steam … Easy, you use macrium reflect free. Clone the drive minus your steam folder. Once cloned, delete everything but your games from the drive. On the SSD now up and running, go to steam, settings, change the location to the old hard drive for games.



​This sound good. When I want to clone my HDD I realised my 'OS' is merged with everything else. I.e the total space for the OS is 918GB...anyway to shrink just the OS so I can copy that over If that makes any sense?

Thanks

b1koni

​This sound good. When I want to clone my HDD I realised my 'OS' is m … ​This sound good. When I want to clone my HDD I realised my 'OS' is merged with everything else. I.e the total space for the OS is 918GB...anyway to shrink just the OS so I can copy that over If that makes any sense?Thanks



Diskmgmt.msc, right click drive, shrink volume

Windows built in tool can't always shrink the volume, if it can't there are plenty of free apps on the web that will do it.
Edited by: "Uridium" 7th Jan

You can cut and paste your steam library and just add the directory after you reinstall.

Original Poster

Sorry for being a noob, if I shrink the volume, will that automatically serperate the windows files and the other files? I'm doing it now but it wants me to select the size of the partition?

b1koni

Sorry for being a noob, if I shrink the volume, will that automatically … Sorry for being a noob, if I shrink the volume, will that automatically serperate the windows files and the other files? I'm doing it now but it wants me to select the size of the partition?


Shrink volume simply reduces the "empty" space on the partition (drive letter) being shrunk, nothing else.

Cut your games and save to another HDD, loads of USB drives or cloud. Then put them back when you've moved Windows to the SSD.

Personally I would save anything I really need and reformat the HDD, doing a clean install on the SSD. You'll see better improvement.
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