Just have to replace my old SSD by a new, bigger one and that’s why I would like to know, what’s the best way and requested steps for a complete reinstall of FS2020 from scratch. I purchased already several items from marketplace which I would like also to reinstall.I also I would like to knbow, if or how I have to backup my settings, controller configuration and so on before I start the reinstall again.
Do I have to uninstall everything before I change my SSD or can I just leave it as it is and starting the reinstall propcedures directly after restarting my system and without uninstall of FS2020 from my old SSD?
Would be really kind to get support from yourside and if you could give me answers to my questions.
Many thanks and kind regards
The answer is probably not very satisfying: It depends!..
If the old/new SSD is your bootdrive, you probably have to to a reinstall otherwise it might work with an image of your SSD. Carefull: In that case you have to change the capacity of the new SSD but there are image-programs available and also tutorials on changeing the size of the drive.
If you run MSFS via Steam, you might just move the whole game to a different drive…so no worries!
In case of a new install, the items from marketplace are available via the game after first install.
Leave our old SSD ( eg drive C ) install your new one ( eg Drive D ) then
- app & features
- search for Microsoftflight simulator
- select it and then press the move button ( not deinstall )
- select you now drive eg D
It won’t move. I tried that already. It gets about halfway, then says something about, “the program is not eligible to move”.
Can you not copy and paste all the FS2020 data from the old location to the new drive then open up the installer and select the new location of the copied data? The installer should then just download and register whatever it needs to which won’t be anywhere near the original 90GB+.
THIS IS HOW I MOVED TO A NEW SSD
Use a good backup software. A free one is minitool shadowmaker.
Make a full backup of your current drive to an internal or external data drive that has enough room to store an image of your current OS drive…
Backup the ENTIRE OS Boot Drive ( ALL PARTITIONS )
Restore that image to your NEW SSD using your selected backup software.
** SUPER IMPORTANT ** REMOVE OLD SSD
INSTALL NEW SSD IN SAME LOCATION AS OLD SSD, SAME CABLE
DO NOT, REPEAT, DO NOT BOOT WITH 2 COPIES OF WINDOWS i.e. 2 OS drives installed.
BOOT TO NEW SSD.
Excuse for the off topic : I’d like to install Windows.
The simulator is installed on a different SSD
Do I need to install it again ?
I don’t like to install windows 10 because it takes a lot of time for me, I’m very meticulous
Drivers, settings, customizations, and everything, it will take, and I do not exaggerate, more than 24 hours in total, except all the simulators and some other games
case your new SSD is a CRUCIAL 2,5" SATA SSD
New SSD must be same or higher capacity than old one
Install new SSD in your PC on connect it via USB with adapter cable
Donwnload soft Acronis True Image from Crucial site and install it
With Acronis make a disk copy bit to bit from the old one to the new one
Permute old and new SSD
Worked a lot of times for me
Nothing to reinstall
Sorry to hear
It worked without a problem in my case
I have Windows 2004 ( Build 19041… )
It is even on Zendesk
thanks for your detailed replies and support. In my case, I have currently the wohloe flight sim, purchased via windows store as app, on my drive D:. It is an SSD drive which has 2 partitions, Partition 1 as drive D: Flightsims, Partition 2 for my steam apps partioned as drive E: Games. Everythign, incl. the FS2020 app folder is installed on partition D:. Tried to copy all the FS Folders to an external drive as backup. Couldn’t copy everything yet. So it seems I have to make a clean reinstall from scratch?
Using the same logic as my earlier post using minitool shadowmaker, you can make a backup image of your data drive (D) , REMOVE that smaller SSD data drive and replace it with a larger SSD using the same slot and cable. Then simply execute a restore of your D drive. When you boot, your “D” drive should look just like your OLD D drive only much larger. This type of restore can be accomplished pretty quickly and is safe because you are actually removing and putting aside your old “D” drive.
I wil l replace my old ssd , samsung evo 850 512GB, against a Samsung Evo Plus 970 SSD M2 1TB. So I will not need the cable do to connecting directly via the M2-slot on my mainboard. I will reformat the old ssd afterwards and will leave the evo 850ssd in my system. Does that mean to uninstall everything in this case and making a reinstall from scratch then?