I have a computer whose single, 500 GB SATA hard drive is beginning to fail.
I regularly do full-image backups to an external drive, so when my internal drive fails I can simply replace it with an identical new one and restore the image from the external copy. However, I would like to substitute a 500 GB solid state drive.
My questions are: (1) Are there any settings in a Windows 7 operating system (or the BIOS) that apply specifically to the mechanical drive and would make the system inoperable? If not, (2) Will the OS recognize that its drive is now a solid state, and disable Windows 7’s automatic defragmentation function since SDD’s should not be defragmented?