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I'm thinking about getting this SSD to use as my W7 OS boot drive/start-up drive, etc.:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167049

Right now I have my W7/start-up programs on a 160GB WD HDD. It is configured to run on as C: drive. I want the new SSD to be C: now, and I want to take W7 and start-up programs completely off the WD HDD, but I do not want to reformat. Because of the size of the HDD there are a bunch of other programs I want to stay there and don't want to go through the headache of re-installing ALL that software.
Also, I'm looking into eventually running all this in RAID0, but I'm a total noob at this stuff. So, my system will eventually have the SSD, 1 160GB, and 2 320GB HDD's. Any advice and other help would be greatly appreciated, but mostly right now I looking for tips on how to set the SSD up as C:, and remove the OS/start-up programs from that 160GB HDD. Thanks!
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You can use clonezilla or easus todo back up to clone/make a system image of the OS and mirror it on the new SSD.

As for RAID 0, Make sure you always have a back up solution in case the array decides to go on you. The 160GB should do if you don't have a lot of data. The RAID 0 array would be good for games. And you will fall in love with having an SSD as a boot drive lol.

When you get your SSD also be sure to read this:

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The RAID 0 array would be good for games.

This is exactly why I want to run it. The machine I'm doing this on is a gaming machine. Period. I have 2 other machines that are multitaskers, but this one is for gaming.

Thanks for the tips. One question: When you say "make sure you always have a back up solution in case the array decides to go on you", what exactly do you mean? How can it "go", and what kind of back-up solution is there? I guess that was 3 questions, huh.... : D
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When you are doing a RAID0 half the data is stored on one disk and half is stored on the other. When one HDD fails all your data is lost since half a program is on one and the other half is on the other. RAID0 basically doubles your chances of losing your data..worth some speed, I don't think so.

Please get the Crucial M4 as it is much faster than the Intel 320.
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The RAID 0 array would be good for games.

This is exactly why I want to run it. The machine I'm doing this on is a gaming machine. Period. I have 2 other machines that are multitaskers, but this one is for gaming.

Thanks for the tips. One question: When you say "make sure you always have a back up solution in case the array decides to go on you", what exactly do you mean? How can it "go", and what kind of back-up solution is there? I guess that was 3 questions, huh.... : D
Well read the below post. Each set of data is split into 2, one part is on one drive, one is on the other. If a drive fails or you replace the motherboard the array will be lost along with the information.

I would always keep another drive as a mirror of the array personally. just in case. So basically get like an external HDD or a nice sized internal for back up storage. I have my data backed up to 4 places personally.

If you want to know a easy way to back up the drive, it is in the sig
Oh and on the last page of the thread is a cool program I found. You set it to mirror and it gives you a 1-1 backup of all the folders you choose.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/freefilesync/

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When you are doing a RAID0 half the data is stored on one disk and half is stored on the other. When one HDD fails all your data is lost since half a program is on one and the other half is on the other. RAID0 basically doubles your chances of losing your data..worth some speed, I don't think so.

Please get the Crucial M4 as it is much faster than the Intel 320.
Nice, but since it is for gaming it is good, I rarely ever had an array go bad, but I have always had a backup just in case.

And IDK, the price point the 320 is pretty good for the size, but still sata 3
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The 320 was on a killer sale deal today, now it is sold out! So I'm going w/ the M4. Also, I'm not terribly worried about data loss since this is only a gaming machine. Plus - and maybe I'm just living on borrowed time - I have never had a hard drive crash going back to 1992. First things first, however: Get the SSD, get it configured to run start-ups, and then see how it all functions. I do have an external hard drive I back important files up to.
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Originally Posted by croSSeduP View Post
The 320 was on a killer sale deal today, now it is sold out! So I'm going w/ the M4. Also, I'm not terribly worried about data loss since this is only a gaming machine. Plus - and maybe I'm just living on borrowed time - I have never had a hard drive crash going back to 1992. First things first, however: Get the SSD, get it configured to run start-ups, and then see how it all functions. I do have an external hard drive I back important files up to.
Alright cool, let us know how it goes and if you have any problems when following my guide just post in the thread and I'll solve it for ya.
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