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Exactly how should I go about cloning an OS HDD to an SSD? I've seen walkthroughs talking about it, but I don't know when I should go about making BIOS changes for the SSD..

Is it just as simple as plugging in the SSD to a sata port, cloning the drive and then changing the bootup sequence?
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Exactly how should I go about cloning an OS HDD to an SSD? I've seen walkthroughs talking about it, but I don't know when I should go about making BIOS changes for the SSD..

Is it just as simple as plugging in the SSD to a sata port, cloning the drive and then changing the bootup sequence?
yes
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The first time you boot after cloning, unplug the HDD so that Windows reconfigures to operate completely off the SSD. Otherwise, it may continue to load bits and pieces from the HDD. Clean install is best, of course.
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Is it just as simple as plugging in the SSD to a sata port, cloning the drive and then changing the bootup sequence?
You also need to make sure that the cloning software aligns the SSD correctly.
It should start at 1MB offset.
Most all HD's don't do that, so if you do a straight clone, and the clone software isn't SSD aware, then it will misaligned the SSD and cause really bad performance.
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^ This. Good 'ol Norton Ghost has a command line parameter for aligning a destination partition...I still use it to this day in FreeDOS, and it even works fine with Win8.1 images.
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Whoa whoa what's this aligning thing? How do I check to see if it's properly aligned?

I've got everything cloned already but I didn't know about this alignment business.
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Whoa whoa what's this aligning thing? How do I check to see if it's properly aligned?

I've got everything cloned already but I didn't know about this alignment business.
Get AS SSD, and when you select the SSD, it should show OK, like so:
http://www.overclock.net/t/754763/as-ssd-benchmark-thread/3160#post_21139463

Look at that pic, under the SSD name... if it says "not ok" then you have a alignment issue.
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