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I want to upgrade to an SSD because the prices are decent these days when compared to HDDs.

My problem is right now I have a 250 HDD with my OS and steam folder and a 750 HDD used for storage. right now i have about 40GB free on the 250 and about 80GB free on the 750. My question is what is the best/easiest/least amount of hassle way to go about setting up an SSD + HDD setup without having to reinstall all my programs from my OS drive.

I would love to just clone my 250 to the SSD but a 250GB ssd is just out of the question. What would you guys recommend?
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Well it would be kind of pointless to get an SSD and then leave your programs on the HDD. You want your programs on the SSD so that they take advantage of the speed and then use the HDD for storage. So if you can't afford an SSD big enough to just clone your current OS drive, I would just back everything up and start from scratch and only install the bare minimum of what you would use on the SSD(depending on size).
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Well I want to put the OS on the SSD and the other common programs. I just know if i cut and paste stuff to another drive that is big enough the links won't work and will be broken. I'm just wondering the best way to not have to reinastall/redownload my steam games.

also keep all of my web browser favorites.
Edited by Aftermidnight - 12/13/11 at 12:22am
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why not get a small ssd (40+) for just pure OS, essential programs
steam+steam games on 250gb hdd
keep using the 750gb for pure storage

btw, why do you want to clone? cant fresh install onto a new ssd?


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web browser favorites->import your favs/bookmarks into a html file->???->profit
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Originally Posted by DF is BUSY View Post

why not get a small ssd (40+) for just pure OS, essential programs
steam+steam games on 250gb hdd
keep using the 750gb for pure storage
btw, why do you want to clone? cant fresh install onto a new ssd?
****
web browser favorites->import your favs/bookmarks into a html file->???->profit

^^ that is def something i dunno how to do heh. i dont do many fresh installs so a web browser favs hax would be nice.

and if i just did a windows installs on the SSD would my programs still work off of the 250 HDD? like things like a browser. or would i have to reinstall those too.

i guess the main problem is the steam folder. i really dont wanna redownload 80 gigs and lose all my saves if i go SSD.
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^^ that is def something i dunno how to do heh. i dont do many fresh installs so a web browser favs hax would be nice.
and if i just did a windows installs on the SSD would my programs still work off of the 250 HDD? like things like a browser. or would i have to reinstall those too.
i guess the main problem is the steam folder. i really dont wanna redownload 80 gigs and lose all my saves if i go SSD.

1) ll web browser favs hax laughingsmiley.gif, what browser do you use?

2)if you dont touch ur 250hdd while setting up your ssd, i dont see why not

3) ^
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i use firefox.

well ive had 2 OS installed on 2 HDDs before while booting and i have to pick which one to boot off of before windows loads up unless there is a way around that.

thanks for your help so far btw!
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post #8 of 9
firefox...

bookmarks->show all bookmarks->import and backup->

from here you can either use regular FF backup (backup..) this would give u a .json file which is directly compatible with all FF's.
OR
(export bookmarks into html..) this would give you a .html file that is compatible with FF, chrome or whatever browser supports .html bookmark backups.


concerning your problem about choosing which hdd to boot off of when starting your PC, i had that problem before when i installed windows wrong but i fixed it by just fresh reformat all my hdd's (to remove any traces of OS files in them) and just having 1 harddrive with the OS (makes everything easier down the road tbh)

not sure if theres a alternative way, as im cant recall
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awesome stuff. tried it and i got both files just in case. i guess i would just import them and viola?

yeah i figured i would have to reformat the old OS drive. i guess that just leaves the steam problem. i know i tried cut and pasting my steam folder before and it fails pretty good when you try and run games. so what is the best way to keep my steam folder intact without having to redownload all my games? again thank you for your help. i'm starting to feel confident in my switch to SSD without being too much of a pain.
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