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I'm left with a copy of my Operating System on both of the drives, and I'm currently running on my SSD just fine at the moment. Am I safe to format my HDD?
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if its working, then yeah haha. generally it is a "best practice" to do a fresh install on a new hard drive, but if it is working, just keep an eye out for any instability. i'd probably backup important files to a flash drive or external drive just to be safe
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You're safe to set your HDD on fire now, but you might want to leave it alone as a back-up drive just in case the SSD dies on within the month. Or you can make a system image with Windows' built-in tool, and, once it gets RMAed after a hypothetical death, reinstall Windows on the new drive and then restore the image. Out of curiosity, which SSD and what capacity?
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if its working, then yeah haha. generally it is a "best practice" to do a fresh install on a new hard drive, but if it is working, just keep an eye out for any instability. i'd probably backup important files to a flash drive or external drive just to be safe

Thanks for the quick and helpful reply! +1
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You're safe to set your HDD on fire now, but you might want to leave it alone as a back-up drive just in case the SSD dies on within the month. Or you can make a system image with Windows' built-in tool, and, once it gets RMAed after a hypothetical death, reinstall Windows on the new drive and then restore the image. Out of curiosity, which SSD and what capacity?
Took advantage of the $80 OCZ Vector from newegg, 128GB
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Yes you are. Also, if anything bad does happen with your new OS drive, fear not, creating a new windows image on an SSD is so much faster than before. You may actually want to reformat both drives. A good cleaning every few months-year is alwaysa nice feeling to me
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Just curious but if there a best method to formatting a hard drive? I want to use my old hdd for storage purposes, and to save a backup of my ssd on it just in case.
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Just curious but if there a best method to formatting a hard drive? I want to use my old hdd for storage purposes, and to save a backup of my ssd on it just in case.

EaseUS Partition Master is a good tool. You can easily add and delete partitions and there is an option to format a partition. If you need to do everything without using an external drive, then you can create a second partition on the HDD. Then, move all your media files over to that. Next, delete the original boot partition and let the new media partition fill the free space. You might need to defrag afterwards.

Since I'm psychic, you'll then want to go into the Action Center and set the SSD to make a system image of itself on a schedule. Weekly, monthly, daily, it doesn't matter. Go to "Backup and Restore" and change the settings to your liking. Then, follow this here picture:



And you can change how much storage is allocated for system restore points and images. You also might want to go into advanced system settings and disable or shrink the page file. This is basically RAM for when you run out of RAM and is mostly unnecessary if you use 50% or less.
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Took advantage of the $80 OCZ Vector from newegg, 128GB

OCZ's recent drives have been great, and that's an awesome deal. They had some issues with the old Sandforce controller in the past, but all of those have since been resolved, and they might even be using a different controller now.
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Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn View Post

EaseUS Partition Master is a good tool. You can easily add and delete partitions and there is an option to format a partition. If you need to do everything without using an external drive, then you can create a second partition on the HDD. Then, move all your media files over to that. Next, delete the original boot partition and let the new media partition fill the free space. You might need to defrag afterwards.

Since I'm psychic, you'll then want to go into the Action Center and set the SSD to make a system image of itself on a schedule. Weekly, monthly, daily, it doesn't matter. Go to "Backup and Restore" and change the settings to your liking. Then, follow this here picture:



And you can change how much storage is allocated for system restore points and images. You also might want to go into advanced system settings and disable or shrink the page file. This is basically RAM for when you run out of RAM and is mostly unnecessary if you use 50% or less.
OCZ's recent drives have been great, and that's an awesome deal. They had some issues with the old Sandforce controller in the past, but all of those have since been resolved, and they might even be using a different controller now.

Thanks!
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