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I built my desktop 1 year ago (before I could afford an SSD) and used a 500GB Western Digital 7200RPM HDD as the main storage source for everything. This year, I want to get a 64GB SSD to install Windows and some programs/files on, and use the 500GB HDD to have programs and media. How do I do this without losing data?
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The Crucial m4 series come with an optional transfer kit. It's as simple as installing the software, plugging your SSD to a snazzy USB to SATA cable and launching an application that will let you pick and chose what stays and goes. But for the love of god I cannot stress enough. If you can't afford AT LEAST 128gb SSD, keep saving till you can. You'll thank me later.

It's pointless to buy an SSD if you're planning to keep your software on a secondary HDD, because although your OS will be nice n snappy, you wont notice much difference except for start-up/shutdown times since everything is still loading off the HDD.
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The Crucial m4 series come with an optional transfer kit. It's as simple as installing the software, plugging your SSD to a snazzy USB to SATA cable and launching an application that will let you pick and chose what stays and goes. But for the love of god I cannot stress enough. If you can't afford AT LEAST 128gb SSD, keep saving till you can. You'll thank me later.

It's pointless to buy an SSD if you're planning to keep your software on a secondary HDD, because although your OS will be nice n snappy, you wont notice much difference except for start-up/shutdown times since everything is still loading off the HDD.

I agree and disagree lol.

I agree that you can just make a system image or move your OS with one of those transfer kits and to keep all the programs and such on the SSD, but you don't need a 128GB drive lol.

I have a 64 GB drive and after windows install I have 52GB/59GB free space for all my apps. After all the apps and updates are installed I have over 35GB free, that means I have room so I can fit ~3 games on the drive via steam mover and not have issues. I have a bunch of editing and design software on my SSD as well. tongue.gif

Then just have all your personal files on the HDD.

I would do a complete install though. Everything is "feels" better than going from a HDD to a SSD if you do a complete reinstall.

You can basically install the OS on the SSD, then when everything is set up just plug in the HDD and delete all the folders on it that don't contain your personal files. Then edit the location of the User folders to teh locations on the secondary drive.
 
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I would do a complete install though. Everything is "feels" better than going from a HDD to a SSD if you do a complete reinstall.
Seconded. Windows 7 was designed to support SSD, meaning that if you start with a fresh install, almost everything will be pre-configured automatically for you when the install is finished instead of spending a few hours fishing through obscure settings as you'd have to do if you ghosted your old OS.

The bottom line is that SSD aren't main-stream enough for their to be a quick, easy, and painless solution to transferring quite yet. Either way it's going to take some work to get up and running... but a fresh install is by far the easier way to go.

Also, I wasn't trying to say that making a 64gb SSD is impossible, just that if you're going to spend that much, save for however much longer and buy a bigger one. The wiggle room is nice, and will save wear and tear on the drive since you won't have to play "What should I uninstall so I have room for (name here) this time."

I suppose It's a matter of preference.
Edited by EvilAndLazy - 11/23/11 at 7:38pm
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I would do a complete install though. Everything is "feels" better than going from a HDD to a SSD if you do a complete reinstall.
Seconded. Windows 7 was designed to support SSD, meaning that if you start with a fresh install, almost everything will be pre-configured automatically for you when the install is finished instead of spending a few hours fishing through obscure settings as you'd have to do if you ghosted your old OS.

Also, I wasn't trying to say that making a 64gb SSD is impossible, just that if you're going to spend that much, save for however much longer and buy a bigger one. The wiggle room is nice, and will save wear and tear on the drive since you won't have to play "What should I uninstall so I have room for (name here) this time."

I suppose It's a matter of preference.

Haha, I would suggest he get a 120-128GB drive too. LOL. I just wanted to point out that he doesn't need to get a one. As a matter of fact I'm getting a bigger drive myself soon. smile.gif

Also op, check out my guide, it should help ya. Takes me ~35min to do a complete install and all my programs installed up and running. thumb.gif

Sean's Windows 7 Install Guide & Optimization for SSDs/HDDs
 
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Yeah. What he said =) And sorry he/we couldn't be much help with your question.
If you have data you don't want to lose like save-games etc. you're going to have to manually back them up to the media of your choice and manually transfer them.
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