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Hey guys,

PC (my sig rig) has two HDDs in it currently - one Win7 boot, one storage. I have purchased an SSD to sharpen things up a little.

So far I have switched the existing HDDs in BIOS from IDE to AHCI, and begun moving files I want to keep over to the storage drive with a view to formatting the existing boot drive to further tidy things up. I'd like to avoid this until after I get my SSD set up so that I can take my time going through programs and game save data etc that may need moved to the SSD.

I just want to make sure there's nothing I've overlooked that's going to cause me problems with this plan:

  1. Unplug HDDs, instal SSD
  2. Instal Win7 64 (same OS as current OS drive) onto SSD
  3. Proceed through basic setup / updates / optimisation procedure
  4. Plug in HDDs
  5. Run PC from SSD, instal games/programs and continue with normal use, accessing the ex-OS HDD file system as needed for savegames etc.


Any glaring problems with that (Windows system files on 2 HDDs, etc?) or should it work OK?


Also, is there anything in particular I'm going to need to be careful of with allocating/changing drive letters? I'd like them set up a particular way, can this be changed at any time or do they lock?



Thanks
Sam
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    You can change all drive letters except for the system drive, which should always be C:\.  Just make sure that you connect the SSD to SATA0 (or 1, if the numbering starts with 1), and connect the HDDs to higher numbered SATA ports (the numbering is usually printed on the motherboard).  Also, immediately after reconnecting your HDDs, check your BIOS' boot order and make sure that only the SSD (and your CD/DVD drive) are in the list of devices to boot from.  That should ensure that your SSD remains Device0 after you connect the HDDs back up. thumb.gif

    Since you're disconnecting the HDDs for setup, there should be no problems with system files on the other disks.
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You'll want to check this out, if it's your first SSD.
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Thanks (again) for your help, Techie.

Chrit, I love that guide and have used it a few times, as well as absorbing advice from Sean on a couple of SSD purchases for computers I've built.

As far as my own systems go though, this is my first SSD so I am quite excited to see the benefits. They have already impressed me in the few builds I've done, so I decided it's time to take full advantage of that in my own gamer.
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