I have had my PC since 2010 and am still running on the same Windows install. But now it's time to replace the old SSD with a bigger and faster one. In the process, I will get a fresh Windows install, which is always nice. But I have a Ubuntu install and a bunch of installed software I'm unaware of how to handle.
The drives in question:
A, 80GB (Windows 7 install, documents, core software)
B, 3000GB (Various downloaded material, Steam directory with hundreds of installed games)
C, 1000GB (Ubuntu install, and one storage partition that is unused)
D, 240GB (New drive, will hold Windows. Though not necessarily Windows 7)
Windows was installed first and currently, when booting I am shown with a Ubuntu boot meny that defaults into Ubuntu unless I actively choose Windows 7.
So, my thinking is something like the following:
1) Back up crucial information from A.
2) Back up savegame files from B. As I figure I will have to remove the installed games (seeing how they will be tied to a Windows install that no longer exists). But is there a way around this?
3) Download Windows install files and mount onto usb stick.
4) Unplug A and plug in D. Install Windows onto D.
5) Remove all Steam data from B (sob sob)
6) Begin to re-download and install software and games.
But is this thinking flawed somehow? And also, how (if at all) will the Ubuntu install feel about all of this? If necessary, I'm not against removing it alltogether as I only use it to dick around and indulge myself.