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Can I transfer everthing from my current SSD to a new one?

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So I have come to realize that my current SSD just is not large enough and I need a bigger one. I was wondering if and how I can clone my current SSD over to a new one so I don't have to reinstall all my programs and windows.

Also, what SSD would you recommend to replace my current 60GB G.Skill Phoenix Pro?
post #2 of 5
SSD wise I'd recommend a Crucial M4. Great specs, good price and has been one of the most dependable SSD's so far.

The Sandforce drives should be fixed now, so that's also an option, though they've lost the trust of lots of ppl thanks to recent issues. Intel 510 series is pretty much the MOST dependable right now, but expensive.

Can also consider older SATA II drives if you're on a budget since there's honestly not much difference in end user experience. I personally have a Samsung 470 at work, X25-M in one rig at home and an M4 in another. All are much faster than HD and close enough to each other for day to day use that's I can't really tell the diff.

As for the actually cloning, plenty of software out there to do it, windows itself also comes with a backup program. It's in control panel --> backup and click on "create a system image."

I recently moved my OS and I'll be honest, I just went the lazy route and grabbed the 256gb version of this M4 kit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448

Installed software, hooked up new SSD externally, ran software, went to bed, woke up and just swapped SSD's. biggrin.gif
Edited by banthracis - 12/15/11 at 11:49am
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This might help you transfer your data from one SSD to another. However, my advice would be to do a clean install.

As for recommending an SSD, I would suggest a Corsair Force GT drive, preferrably two 64Gb models in RAID 0 to give you double the bandwidth but 128Gb of storage. Or, here is a single 180Gb drive.
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Yes, I am on a budget so I am probably looking for something in the 100GB range. 60GB just isnt enough with all of the windows updates and virus software updates along with the necessary programs
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I just got a 256GB M4 and would recommend it. Just keep in mind that the M4 128GB is a little slower at 4k writes than the 256GB or 512GB verions (see M4 tech specs). I've read specs for other SSD models that also list reduced performance for the smaller capacity sizes so it's not just the M4. Just FYI in case it makes a difference with your purchase decision.
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