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Upgrading to a SSD


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#1 bee24

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 03:55 PM

I'm looking to upgrade and buy a SSD. I've been using the hdd i have now for a long time and don't want to format it. How do I install windows on my SSD without formatting my original hard drive? Also, any suggestions on what SSD to get? I want a relatively cheap one and don't need a lot of memory on it.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:23 PM

You don't have to format your old hard drive if you don't want to... But I recommend it after copying image.. Is it a sata? The only SSD drives to get are Intel or Crucial.. They have a very low failure rate.. I think they are both manufactured by the same company... I have bought several others like OZC, Kingston, Corsiar.. Also depending on what operating system your putting on it... I would get at least a 64Gb size.. The bigger sizes 256gb and up have a higher failure rate.. You can get a hard drive image copy software to make a exact image of your old hard drive and put it on your SSD. There are free ones out there ...do a Google search.. I have done many pc's with SSD drives and I recommend using W7 if your PC can handle it.. The SSD drives run the best with W7... Also after you copy or image to your new SSD I would wipe the old drive and format it to NTFS and use it for storage only... It is better then having another operating system on it to deal with.. Good luck

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:28 PM

My hard drive has 500gb of files on it so i can't copy all of it. I only want windows and specific files on my SSD without formatting my original HDD. How can i remove windows from my original hdd and re install it on my SDD? Yes it's sata and I already have windows 7.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:52 PM

The easiest way in my opinion, to do what you want to do, is once you get your SSD, to go ahead and do a clean install of windows 7 on that SSD, and the programs you want to install on it, and then following the steps in this guide go through your old hard drive, take ownership of the windows files on it, and delete all of them leaving the data you wish to keep intact.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 05:38 PM

Some SSD's, like the ones Intel sells, have a data migration tool built-in. However, it makes an exact copy, so, you have a few options. You can simply do a clean install of Windows onto the SSD, or, you can move or delete files off the old drive to get it down to the SSD's capacity. If you go the clean install route, I suggest unplugging the old drive from the computer before putting the SSD in the case and hooking it up, that way, you cannot mistakenly delete everything off the old drive.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 06:35 PM

Can i still do this with an OEM copy of Windows?

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 06:48 PM

In reply to the question in your PM, there are 3 standards of SATA, all are forwards and backwards compatible. Sata 1 transfers at 1.5 gb/s SATA II transfers at 3 gb/s and sata III transfers at 6 gb/s. If you have a SSD drive that says it is Sata 6 gb/s then it is sata III or vice versa. They are all forwards and backwards compatible and will work with any sata plugin. The sata cables are all the same as well. Either of the SSDs you linked me to will work with your motherboard without any issues whatsoever.

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