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I am about to get an FX-8350 and I'm wanting to also add a 120GB Kingston SSD. How do I transfer the OS and boot portion of my HD to the SSD? As far as transferring a game onto the SSD as well, would it be as simple as moving the file?
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If you want to copy the whole hard drive to the SSD you have to use a cloning software, that way you'll copy literally everything from your current HDD/SSD to the new one, including boot loader and partition table. Copying files will not cut it. thumb.gif

A few software I can recommend is Clonezilla (Very powerful and it's free, you can get it with the PartedMagic live CD, though can be a little confusing to use), Acronis True Image (Which I personally use at home and at work, though not free) and lastly, Paragon Backup & Restore Free Edition.

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yes you need to clone the drive using apps

but i 100% don´t recommend to do this

with ssd start from nothing, format, reinstall windows, etc
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yes you need to clone the drive using apps

but i 100% don´t recommend to do this

with ssd start from nothing, format, reinstall windows, etc

THIS.

With the way an SSD works, it's not a good idea to clone to it. It will work... but you will get performance drops and possibly reduce the lifespan of the SSD.

As for moving applications. Most programs, when they install, place lots of lines in the registry notating the install location. If you want to move a registered application, you need to use an MKLink.

I posted this in another thread, fits here as well:

Install the program to any partition that it will let you install it to then move it and leave an MKLink. The OS will think it is in the location with the link while all of the files are where ever you put them.

1. Install program
2. Cut/Paste program folder where you want it to be.
3. Open command prompt.
4. Create MKLink

Example: mklink /j "c:\Program Files\iTunes" "e:\iTunes"

This will leave a "special" shortcut in the first folder pointing to the new folder. The OS will act as if the program still exists in the first location. lines with spaces must be enclosed in parentheses, as shown above.

You can even move your iTunes library from your my documents folder, leaving an MKLink it its place.

Right now, I have an 80gb SSD that i put the games I am currently playing most on. When I am done playing them, but still want to be able to play them in the future, I use MKLink. I just move the game to my storage drive and put an MKLink in it's place. Works like a charm.
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