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So, I have my OS installed to a partition on my 750g boot drive and would like to know if there is a good way to migrate the install over to a 64g SSD when I get it in my hot little (big) hands.

Partition size = 60.9 gigs
system partition = 100megs

Would arconis, Or Norton ghost work? If it's a kinda would I be able to insert my install media and repair installation and be good to go....

Or should I just nuke and re-load and be done with it?
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Well, you may want to just do a clean install. There are some boot issues with configuration that could ensue. Windows makes a couple small tweaks when installing to an SSD now vs an HDD as it installs and I am not sure if they will automatically go through. Besides its really not a big project and by the time you factor in both angles you will end up spending roughly the same amount of time doing it.
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Nuke it. Far easier and if it fails to transfer correctly you would have to wipe and install again anyways. But that being said, there are programs that allow you to transfer programs, I'm sure one of them would let you do an OS.
    
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thank you for your quick responses... I was leaning twords a nuke, just thought I would ask for the sake of it...

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Unfortunately, acronis or ghosting would not provide the proper alignment characteristics required for SSD operation..

You are actually in a better position if you are to install Win7 cleanly on the SSD, deleting any existing partition, and selecting "Next" rather than creating a new partition manually, Windows setup should detect and align your SSD partition properly.

This way, once your SSD is setup with a fresh OS install and latest updates/drivers, you can go about migrating all your documents, bookmarks, saved games, and other settings/data you might need, which are all left in tact, selectively leaving out things that you no longer have use for.

I recently did a new OS install on a fresh SSD, and it took less than 10 minutes to copy all my documents, saves, browser config, profiles, most used apps and their settings, etc. Leaving out anything that I rarely used in my previous config, which otherwise would take more time to remove if you were to copy the existing install.
    
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