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I just bought a SSD. Crucial M4.

I will install win7 on it.

I have a few questions:

1. Is there a way to keep games and programs on my Drive C:?
2. Can I run dual OS for a while? The time to setup everything.

I am not in the mood to reinstall everything. Just the drivers, common programs (browser) and BF3.

Thanks,
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I think you can try a disk image of c folders to copy over. I have tried that but messed up something last time around and was getting program errors. I end up doing fresh install by the time im aggrivated enough. Now I don't even bother.

Hope someone can teach me a thing or 2 in this thread.

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Thanks!

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Well. Thanks for the overwhelming feedback. I must admit: I didn't read them all.

Found out about Paragon which allows to transfer current OS. I'll reformat SSD down the road.

http://www.paragon-software.com/tech...ate-OS-to-SSD/

Basically.

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Ready to upgrade to a new Solid State Drive (SSD)? Paragon’s Migrate OS to SSD is just what you need. Our handy intuitive wizard performs fast and safe Windows migrations to new storage devices (HDD or SSD) and even downsizes to smaller capacity drives, thanks to advanced new data exclusion capabilities. You can transfer a live system with no impact to your work, and have your partitions automatically aligned in the process if needed.
I'll be capable of keeping my softwares installed.
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Well. Thanks for the overwhelming feedback. I must admit: I didn't read them all.

Found out about Paragon which allows to transfer current OS. I'll reformat SSD down the road.

http://www.paragon-software.com/tech...ate-OS-to-SSD/

Basically.



I'll be capable of keeping my softwares installed.
Thanks for posting that up!! +rep
post #6 of 10
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Thanks for your help too.

Just downloaded the whole hard drive suite.

SSD should arrive on monday. Yay!

How much does Win7 uses. If I place only the essential of the SSD? How much free space will I get. I'd love to install BF3 but we will see if that is feasible. Got only a 64GB.

Great read on the topic:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ng-system.html
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Thanks for your help too.

Just downloaded the whole hard drive suite.

SSD should arrive on monday. Yay!

How much does Win7 uses. If I place only the essential of the SSD? How much free space will I get. I'd love to install BF3 but we will see if that is feasible. Got only a 64GB.

Great read on the topic:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ng-system.html
Mine is also a 64GB. I have 25.1 available with only windows on it. I'm looking to get another 64 just for games.
post #8 of 10
@GrandMax what I would recommend is to install win 7, then install the program you want, connect your old HDD then copy the folder for program/game to the SSD, dont overwrite any folders it will instead copy any settings that arent default like game saves or mods etc.
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My Win7 Home Premium is about 22gb. I believe BF3 is around 10gb. (BFBC2 is 9gb)
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Great. Thanks guys. I just hope now that Origin has some kind of displace game tool.
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