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Just bought a Samsung 250gb 840 non-pro to use as my boot drive with Vista 64bit Home Premium. Currently have a very old 500gb Hitachi Sata 7200rpm drive. All I basically do is game and surf the web on this PC and most of my games are on Steam or Origin. I'm confused as to how I should setup windows on the SSD.

Should I wipe my current HDD clean(with what?) and freshly install windows onto the SSD and use my current HDD as storage? Not sure how I'd even set that up. Last time I ran multiple drives was with IDE drives in Master/Slave mode via jumpers. I'd like to put games I play alot like BF3 onto the SSD so should I also install Origin and Steam onto the SSD and the game files to the regular HDD? Can I install windows onto an SSD the same as my regular HDD using a bootable windows DVD to format the drive?
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Here is a guide, although it's for windows 7 you should be able to apply this to vista if you insist on using a sub standard OS.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
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Lol vista seems fine for me? All I do is game and surf. XP would have been fine if it offered DX11
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That was a nice write up. Steam mover should work great for me since I only have 250gb.

I am still confused what to do with my current drive. Since I am installing windows on my new SSD what do I do with my current HDD? Just unplug it and plug it back in after windows installs and formats on the ssd and wipe it or do I wipe it before I install windows on the SSD?
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That was a nice write up. Steam mover should work great for me since I only have 250gb.

I am still confused what to do with my current drive. Since I am installing windows on my new SSD what do I do with my current HDD? Just unplug it and plug it back in after windows installs and formats on the ssd and wipe it or do I wipe it before I install windows on the SSD?

You could keep it, but if it doesn't cause any hassle, just wipe it, as this will eliminate any problems you might have.
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Leave it unplugged while you install windows on your SSD, then plug it back in and format it afterwards. If anything goes wrong with your SSD install you can always plug your HDD back in.
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What is TRIM and do I need it to run this setup? I just read that Vista doesn't support trim
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as per the above advice...

and if you follow the guide, once you have wndows installed on the SSD and the HDD has been wiped.. move your user profile folders over to the HDD to extend the life of your SSD.
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What is TRIM and do I need it to run this setup? I just read that Vista doesn't support trim

Trim is a feature that improves the performance of SSDs. The reason it's not supported by Vista is because when it was released, SSDs were a distant dream. This, if anything, should be the reason to upgrade to se7en.
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Why would I not want windows 8? And what kind of performance are we talking? I'd imagine an SSD without TRIM is going to be night and day over my SATA 1 hdd
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