I would like to upgrade my current system (Windows 7, soon to be Windows 10) that has two HDDs to instead use a SSD for my system drive, while keeping the HDDs for storing data files.
Am currently gathering info on how to install and clone to the SSD myself, in order to save the cost of paying a computer tech to do the upgrade. The process looks complicated, but hopefully with a little advice from BC folks, I'll be able to figure it out.
My first concern is as follows: If I connect a blank SSD, then use software like Macrium Reflect free to clone my existing system HDD to the SSD, most instructions recommend disconnecting my old system HDD to prevent confusing Windows before I next boot the computer. However, if I disconnect the old HDD, how will I ever be able to reformat it so that it can be used to store data?
Also, do I need to be concerned about whether or not my motherboard will support a SSD, or do all motherboards (even old ones) support using them? For example, I've seen advice about changing the BIOs setting from IDE to AHCI before first booting to the SSD. My BIOS has this option, but only under the RAID settings. Will this be okay, or is this a problem?