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Upgrading boot drive from Spinpoint F3 to SSD

post #1 of 10
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For two years, I've had the following HDD setup:

500GB Spinpoint F3 (Boot drive and programs)
2TB Spinpoint F3 (Data and programs)

Recently, I bought a second hand 64GB SSD and intend to make that a W7 64Bit boot drive.

I want to know if there's any easy way to go about it, my current plan is;
  • Back up my 500GB Boot drive (Probably onto my 2TB
  • SSD in as 3rd drive
  • Fresh W7 install onto SSD
  • Set my 500GB as the Program drive
  • Leave my 2TB as it is (it is how I want it, probably re-oraganise)

Would that work?
Also, I have semi-fudged the Documents and Pictures etc.. folders so they're present on both my Boot and 2TB (I intended them to just be on my 2TB) Any help on that also?

Thanks!
post #2 of 10
It can all be done very easily actually. Managing your drives can be done in Computer Management in windows. Just dont format any drives with data on them but you can easily assign and rename the drives. Also, if you want to move your all of your user data over to your 2TB follow my guide here:
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1133113...ista-user.html

SSD Tweak guide here:
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1133897...ing-guide.html

You can also just move the Documents folders to your 2TB if you only want those files moved. Its very easy, just open your user folder from the start menu. Right click on the documents folder and click properties. Then click the location tab. There you can redirect all future documents and when you click on documents it will open that folder. Do this for all folders you want moved like pitures and videos.
post #3 of 10
You should consider that SSD's "like" to be on your first SATA header, which is also likely to be your fastest throughput header. Good luck!
post #4 of 10
Install ssd as only drive connected and secure erase it. Install os on ssd and do the tweaks you were linked to. Enter bios and set first boot device (ssd) Connect the rest of your drives without formatting, rename if you like, that's it.

Any programs you wish to install they usually give you a option as to where you would like to install said program.
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post #5 of 10
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Alright, thanks guys, I'm on my mobile currently, but when it's all done I'll rep appropriately..
thanks
post #6 of 10
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one thing I didnt mention is I'd like to store a few applications on my boot drive, for speed, stuff like Steam, Firefox, iTunes/fb2k etc.. my most used for snappy opening.. would I just be able to drag them from one program files folder to another?
and how do I keep my 640GB as the destination for new programs?
post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by McMogg View Post
For two years, I've had the following HDD setup:

500GB Spinpoint F3 (Boot drive and programs)
2TB Spinpoint F3 (Data and programs)

Recently, I bought a second hand 64GB SSD and intend to make that a W7 64Bit boot drive.

I want to know if there's any easy way to go about it, my current plan is;
  • Back up my 500GB Boot drive (Probably onto my 2TB
  • SSD in as 3rd drive
  • Fresh W7 install onto SSD
  • Set my 500GB as the Program drive
  • Leave my 2TB as it is (it is how I want it, probably re-oraganise)

Would that work?
Also, I have semi-fudged the Documents and Pictures etc.. folders so they're present on both my Boot and 2TB (I intended them to just be on my 2TB) Any help on that also?

Thanks!
That's how I have mine set up!

I made a guide to install windows too: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1156654...imization.html

As for the messed up folders just drag the data to the 2TB drive, keep that as a back up/storage drive.

Quote:
one thing I didnt mention is I'd like to store a few applications on my boot drive, for speed, stuff like Steam, Firefox, iTunes/fb2k etc.. my most used for snappy opening.. would I just be able to drag them from one program files folder to another?

and how do I keep my 640GB as the destination for new programs?
You can drag steam from drive to drive, but i'm not sure about the other apps

There is a regedit for it, i forgot it though

I'll try looking lol.
post #8 of 10
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Hey guys,
I have succesfully installed W7 on my SSD, and frankly, made myself feel pro (Although I failed about 2 times as I wasn't in AHCI mode.. and it just didnt work)
On another note, Program Files has been set up on the C: Drive (SSD) when I want it to be set up on my D: Drive (500GB), how can I fix this?!
I also put Steam and a game (GTA:SA) on my SSD, as that's what I want on there, in the existing program files, and Steam has lost the ability to see my other games.. How can I fix this?!
Any help is appreciated!!
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by McMogg View Post
Hey guys,
I have succesfully installed W7 on my SSD, and frankly, made myself feel pro (Although I failed about 2 times as I wasn't in AHCI mode.. and it just didnt work)
On another note, Program Files has been set up on the C: Drive (SSD) when I want it to be set up on my D: Drive (500GB), how can I fix this?!
I also put Steam and a game (GTA:SA) on my SSD, as that's what I want on there, in the existing program files, and Steam has lost the ability to see my other games.. How can I fix this?!
Any help is appreciated!!
For steam files moving: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/853462-...-have-app.html

Also, you can try deleting all the folders in your steam folder except for the "steamapps" folder and steam.exe. Move the folder. Then open up the steam.exe and it will reconfigure your steam folder and you will still have all your data.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Right Sean (As you're reliably responding)
I have sorted the program files, on a lovely fresh install of W7 and it's all looking good, but I want to make my start menu contain my program files again, do I have to re-install all of them? Or can I just make it notice they're already installed on my D: Drive?

+ Rep btw

EDIT: Boot time from 1:12 (From when the first screen appeared on my monitor (Loading ASUS Express Gate)) to 0:31

Success, I think.
Edited by McMogg - 11/2/11 at 5:05am
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