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Transferring HDD loaded with games to new rig...

JDS
Level 7
So I am currently in the market for a new gaming laptop. (I need to have a laptop because I'm a college student and having a desktop isn't a feasible option). Anyway, I currently have a 750GB HDD loaded with JUST a ton of games (I have and SSD with my OS loaded onto it already). So my problem is that I don't want to redownload these to my new computer when I get it. Is it possible to just toss this HDD into the new computer and straighten a few things up and have it work? If so, how do I go about doing this. Also, on a side note, what laptop would you recommend for me. Thanks!
Asus G75V
nVidia GTX 670M
i7 3630QM at 2.4Ghz
12 GB Memory
750 HDD (500 HDD + 250 SSD)
Windows 8 Pro
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Clintlgm
Level 14
There shouldn't be any problem moving a data drive to a new NB, provided the new NB has an empty slot for it to go into. Installed software/games will have to be reinstalled to your new OS.
If it doesn't have a 2nd hard drive slot, put it in a USB 3.0 external Case and run your games from there?

If you wanted to try cloning your current OS drive to something new, I don't know how that would go not real good I would think. However Macrium Relect has a deploy to different Hardware mode. If its possible this would be the software to do it with. That might save you from having to reinstall everything?
G752VY-DH72 Win 10 Pro
512 GB M.2 Samsung 960 Pro
1 TB Samsung 850 pro 2.5 format
980m GTX 4 GB
32GB DDR 4 Standard RAM

Z97 PRO WiFi I7 4790K
Windows 10 Pro
Z97 -A
Windows 10 Pro

GottiBoi55
Level 10
I have all my games on my HDD, and I reinstalled my OS a few times, it works really well.
If your drive is a 2.5 form factor, it should work just fine in your new NB.
Don't think the OS move would work that well, different drivers for the new NB and all.
(The drivers would not be compatible with new NB)

1. First thing you need to do is download all you games clients/
download mangers. (IE: Origin, Steam, Games for Windows)
2. logon into the games client/download manger, then click on game icon and run setup.
3. If games client/download manger doesn't detect your game on your HDD, you will need to run installer as Custom install.
4. locate your game location on your HDD with the custom install option, then that should detect your game.

This worked for me just fine, should take just a couple minutes per game to add to new OS, and create new desktop icons!
GottiBoi55
Asus
G750JZ-DS71 Windows 10 Pro (x64)
Intel® Core™ i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz)
Samsung
24GB Memory DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM
SanDisk
M.2 SSD 2x128GB in Raid 0 / WD-HGST-1TB HDD 7500-RPM
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 880M 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM
Second Monitor: Shar
p Aquos 32"

JDS
Level 7
Cool beans. I'm gonna go with your instructions GottiBoi55, I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks!
Asus G75V
nVidia GTX 670M
i7 3630QM at 2.4Ghz
12 GB Memory
750 HDD (500 HDD + 250 SSD)
Windows 8 Pro

GottiBoi55
Level 10
Great, keep us posted!

Good luck :cool:
GottiBoi55
Asus
G750JZ-DS71 Windows 10 Pro (x64)
Intel® Core™ i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz)
Samsung
24GB Memory DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM
SanDisk
M.2 SSD 2x128GB in Raid 0 / WD-HGST-1TB HDD 7500-RPM
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 880M 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM
Second Monitor: Shar
p Aquos 32"