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I currently have Windows 7 installed on my 1tb Spinpoint F3. I also have a 60gb SSD with nothing on it.

Should I

a. Use the SSD for my OS and the HDD for extra stuff
b. Use the HDD for my OS and the SSD for extra stuff

The reason I would go with b is because I have some heavy duty games that I want to run very fast (only about three of them.) They are all about 10 gbs. I also don't install that many games so I'm not sure that the 1tb as a non OS would be such a good idea.

thoughts?

Edit: Also, the SSD is 2.5 and I only have 3.5 bays. Do I NEED a 2.5 to 3.5 converter or can I just lay it down in the bay?
Edited by Sauce Boss - 7/17/11 at 1:59pm
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post #2 of 10
Put the os and your main programmes on the ssd.

Your boot up time and loading of programmes will massively increase
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How I do that? Also can I just make shortcuts from the 1tb/externalthing onto my Desktop?
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post #4 of 10
simply back up all your files that you need to keep i.e save games and any work or important documents on your computer onto a externall hdd or anything you have.

Install windows 7 onto your ssd. boot into the ssd (making sure you have that as the main bootup in the bios)

install your main programmes onto the ssd i.e google crome, a few games e.c.t

Install all your games onto the F3

and any other programmes you got onto the f3 and enjoy
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simply back up all your files that you need to keep i.e save games and any work or important documents on your computer onto a externall hdd or anything you have.

Install windows 7 onto your ssd. boot into the ssd (making sure you have that as the main bootup in the bios)

install your main programmes onto the ssd i.e google crome, a few games e.c.t

Install all your games onto the F3

and any other programmes you got onto the f3 and enjoy
My OS is already on the HDD. I don't know if I can install Windows on the SSD again because I have an OEM. Also, what if I dont have a backup drive?
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You will be fine aslong as the oem is on the same mobo

On my laptop I switched from stock hdd to a hybrid one and it took the same produt key fine.

The reason why I say do a back up is when you install a copy of windows 7 it may sometimes format the F3 by mistake, So you could allways unplug it before installing.
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You will be fine aslong as the oem is on the same mobo

On my laptop I switched from stock hdd to a hybrid one and it took the same produt key fine.

The reason why I say do a back up is when you install a copy of windows 7 it may sometimes format the F3 by mistake, So you could allways unplug it before installing.
Can I get shortcuts from the F3 to the SSD?
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Edit: Also, the SSD is 2.5 and I only have 3.5 bays. Do I NEED a 2.5 to 3.5 converter or can I just lay it down in the bay?
They're shock immune, so you can put it wherever you want. Just don't dangle it - that can pull the cables out over time.

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My OS is already on the HDD. I don't know if I can install Windows on the SSD again because I have an OEM. Also, what if I dont have a backup drive?
Yes, you can, and no, you don't need a backup drive.

Unplug your HDD (while powered down) and then install onto the SSD. Once Windows is installed, reconnect the HDD and fix the boot order in the BIOS. After that you can start copying over stuff - your favourite games, and whatever is important in your user profile folder. (C:\\Users\\%UserName\\... Saved Games, Documents, Application Data\\Ventrilo\\, etc.)

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Can I get shortcuts from the F3 to the SSD?
You can trick your OS into believing a folder is in a different location.

http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinks...kshellext.html

I use that to direct my Downloads folder to one of my WD Greens.
     
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They're shock immune, so you can put it wherever you want. Just don't dangle it - that can pull the cables out over time.


Yes, you can, and no, you don't need a backup drive.

Unplug your HDD (while powered down) and then install onto the SSD. Once Windows is installed, reconnect the HDD and fix the boot order in the BIOS. After that you can start copying over stuff - your favourite games, and whatever is important in your user profile folder. (C:\\Users\\%UserName\\... Saved Games, Documents, Application Data\\Ventrilo\\, etc.)


You can trick your OS into believing a folder is in a different location.

http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinks...kshellext.html

I use that to direct my Downloads folder to one of my WD Greens.
Thanks but will my computer be able to read the F3 as a normal drive that I can drag and drop files from?
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After plugging it back in? Yes...

It'll show up as D: or E:
     
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