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when i put my system together i had different plans than i do now and so i made the horrible mistake of not partioning my HDD in anyway other than what windows defaults out.

i am planning to get a SSD sometime in the near future and i am wondering if i can use acronis or something similar to pull all the OS and driver files off the HDD and copy them over to the SSD allowing me to change my boot to the SSD, then i can cleanup my HDD afterwards.

is something like this an option, or am i stuck doing a windows reinstal? reason i ask is i have 200gb worth of steam games and other software downloaded that i really dont want to have to do again...

like i said, different plans when built, now i regret not thinking with a "just in case" mentality.
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While it can be done, I would really recommend doing a fresh install of Windows to make things run a lot smoother.

I think in the long run you'll be happy you did. You're gonna love what an SSD will do to your system.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

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Yes, It is doable.. Acronis would be able to clone your windows partition(s) to the SSD.

... but Just like the post above, I completely agree that a new SSD deserves a complete reinstall. It will change your life.

Good luck!
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If I was in this situation, I would probably try to shrink my current partition down, create a second temporary partition and copy over the whole steam folder (And other data that you want to save, if there is room). Then I would install the SSD and do a clean installation of windows.

Next I would pull any remaining data from the older storage drive you want to save (With the exception of installed programs, most do not like being saved, they need a reinstall to work correctly.)

Then simply format the old partition, install steam and/or the other programs you want on the mechanical drive, COPY the old steam folder over the fresh install (to save from having to download it all again.). Now you can delete the temporary partition and extend your new, cleaned partition to the full size of the drive if that is what you want on it.


This gives you the clean install with the automatic optimizations for an SSD that windows 7 does and keeps you from having to download all your Steam games again. The downside is you would still have to install your other programs again.
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ok, thanks for the input guys.
i will start sorting through all my files and start getting a partition setup to save everything in.


also, SSD question, when you instal windows, do you have to change a settings in the installation to get optimum performance out of an SSD?
i just remember reading something mentioning SSD settings during installation
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Just make sure your controller is set to AHCI.

Unplug all SATA devices except your SSD and CD/DVD (with your OS disk)
Set to boot from CD/DVD.
Install to SSD.
Set to boot from SSD.

After this, you can reattach your HDD. Once you have pulled everything from it you want to save, I would reformat it. Sometimes you can have issues if you still have the OS installed on it.

Hope this helps,

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I don't like using an SSD for Windows, the cache writing will kill the performance fast.

I use SSDs for applications only. Therefore when install the application I put the application on the SSD instead of the C: Drive where windows is installed, what this does is makes my applications load and run a lot faster. Not all software has the option which allows you to choose where you want to install it, but when you have applications which are portable, they are super fast from an SSD.

Portable Apps are really great from an SSD as they are not tied to the registry and run independently on any machine that you launch then from, so you can take your SSD with you and use the programs installed there on other computers as well.

Because I'm pretty good with apps I can actually hack apps to run from the SSD, but not everyone knows how to do this. SSDs are better suited for stuff you access alot and you want it to be super fast, like your media library etc, but because media can be so huge, you definitely wouldn't want to run Video from an SSD, no way.

I keep all my documents on my SSD as well because I don't like waiting for docs, books, etc to load, I want instant access to documents & music, so I use my SSD for that as well.

How you use your SSD is your choice, but many people have learned, after the fact, that SSDs degrade in performance with use in an OS, some may argue that the new generations don't do this, and you are welcome to try it for yourself, but from my experience SSDs don't make great OS Drives.
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/\\ will keep that in mind while looking around.

thanks to the rest of you for input.
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