Currently, I have a 120 GB SSD with Windows installed on it, and I try to keep it free from other files, but over the years, I have accumulated a lot of stuff on it, and now it’s almost full. I am soon going to build a new PC, but I plan to keep all my old drives, including this SSD. However, since I have an OEM version of Windows, I will need to obtain a new one, and I intend to install it on the same SSD.
My question is, will the new Windows installation format the SSD and overwrite the previous installation, or is there something else I need to do?
I don’t want to go through the hassle of manually deleting everything, and I need the SSD to work until the very moment I plug it into my new PC and install the new OS.
I apologize if my terminology is not accurate, and please feel free to ask for clarification.
Installing a new Windows installation on an SSD with a Windows installation already on it can be a bit tricky, especially if you want to keep your old files intact. In this blog post, we will discuss how to install a new Windows installation on an SSD with a Windows installation already on it. We will also cover the steps you need to take to ensure that your old files are not lost during the installation process.
Backing Up Your Data
Before you start the installation process, it is crucial to back up your data. It is always better to be safe than sorry. You can use an external hard drive or a cloud storage service to back up your data. This step is essential because during the installation process, you might lose all your old files.
Creating a Bootable USB Drive
The next step is to create a bootable USB drive. You can use the Microsoft Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB drive. This tool will download the latest version of Windows and create a bootable USB drive that you can use to install Windows on your new PC.
Installing Windows on Your SSD
Once you have created a bootable USB drive, you can use it to install Windows on your SSD. During the installation process, you will be prompted to choose the drive where you want to install Windows. You should choose the SSD where you want to install Windows.
Formatting Your SSD
When you choose the SSD where you want to install Windows, you will be prompted to format it. Formatting your SSD will erase all the data on it. If you want to keep your old files, you should not format your SSD. Instead, you should choose the option to install Windows on the existing partition.
After you have installed Windows on your SSD, you will need to activate it. If you have a retail version of Windows, you can activate it using the product key that came with it. If you have an OEM version of Windows, you will need to obtain a new one. You can purchase a new product key from Microsoft or from an authorized reseller.
In conclusion, installing a new Windows installation on an SSD with a Windows installation already on it is not as complicated as it seems. You need to back up your data, create a bootable USB drive, install Windows on your SSD, and activate it. It is crucial to follow these steps to ensure that your old files are not lost during the installation process.
To install a new version of Windows on your SSD, you will need to boot from installation media, such as a USB flash drive or DVD, and then follow the prompts to install Windows. During the installation process, you will be given the option to choose where you want to install Windows. You can select your SSD as the destination and the installation process will format the drive and install the new version of Windows on it.
Before you start the installation process, it is a good idea to backup any important data on your SSD to another location. This will ensure that you don’t lose any important files during the installation process.
To create a bootable USB flash drive or DVD, you will need to download the Windows installation media from Microsoft’s website and then use a tool such as the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to create the installation media. Once you have created the installation media, you will need to set your computer to boot from it. This can typically be done by pressing a key, such as F12 or Esc, during the boot process to access the boot menu.
Once you have set your computer to boot from the installation media and started the installation process, simply follow the prompts to install Windows on your SSD.
Here are a few final thoughts to keep in mind when installing a new version of Windows on your SSD:
- Make sure to backup any important data on your SSD before starting the installation process.
- Use a bootable USB flash drive or DVD to install Windows on your SSD.
- During the installation process, choose your SSD as the destination for the installation.
- Follow the prompts to complete the installation process.
- Once the installation is complete, you may need to install drivers and software to get all of your hardware and devices working properly.
I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if you have any additional questions.
As you are getting a new computer, you just need to boot into the installation media and format the SSD where Windows is currently installed. Although you have the option to not format the drive before installing Windows, this will require a large amount of space, which may not be available.
Your OEM license won’t work on your new machine, so when asked for the license key (unless it’s an OEM license), you need to enter a valid product key for Windows 10. This is only required the first time you install Windows 10 on the computer.
Within the Windows installation environment, you can choose the format option and click the button to delete partitions. Simply select each partition and delete it, but remember to back up your data before deleting the partitions.