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#1 ArcticPrince

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 08:57 PM

I have an HP dv7 laptop with 1.60 gigahertz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 Gig Ram and 2x 500 Gig hard drives and one optical drive (which I seldom use). Can I pull the optical and replace that slot with an SSD Hard drive as my primary and use the 2x500 as my storage drives. I would of course need an external optical and assume that there must exist a case that I could put my present optical into in order to use that same drive as an external.

Does this make any sense with this system, or is it just throwing money away. I am looking for more sta ility and faster start times. If this can e done, is there an easy way to "move" my system files to the new ssd, or do I need to reformat and reinstall?

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 01:32 AM

No, you can not pull the optical drive out and replace it with a SSD. It is a better to have a fresh installation.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:40 PM

You can sometimes pull out the ODD and put in the SSD, however, it depends on how the drives connect to the laptop. However, to get the best speed possible, you should install your operating system to it, which will require a reinstallation of the operating system, or, you can clone your old drive in its entirety.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 04:50 PM

You could take out one of the 500GB hard drive that doesn't have the OS on it and use that for the SSD.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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