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I'm looking to upgrade a computer to utilize a SSD for the OS and a few frequently used programs.

I don't have all of the info on the current setup but here is what I do have:
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R
HDDs: 2x250GB Raid 0
CPU: Intel i7 (not sure which one exactly)
OS: WinXP

Looking to upgrade to Win7 with a SSD.

I realize the Mobo is SATA II and will only operate a SATA III SSD at SATA II speeds, which is fine.

Since I have never upgraded a system to use a SSD as the boot drive, is there anything I need to know?

My plan was to unhook the HDDs, install new OS on the SSD, enter bios moving the SSD to the top of the boot list, and reconnect HDDs. I'm guessing there might be more to it though...
post #2 of 9
You need to read Sean guides:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1227308/storage-essentials-thread
If you don't plan to upgrade soon in next two or three months I suggest you strongly to go with two "SanDisk Extreme II" SSD for RAID 0.Anybody who say now you will be good with sata2 speeds is wrong, believe me you will feel short, been there.
by the way X58a-ud3r is great board which I also have have.If somebody say to me that I need to sell one platform ,for what ever reason I would always sell first Z77.
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Anybody who say now you will be good with sata2 speeds is wrong,

Why do you say that? OP already said he's fine with SATA II speeds. So you're saying his own opinion is wrong? I have some USB 3.0 flash drives but my board only supports USB 2.0 and i'm fine with it..does that make me wrong for being fine with that?
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My plan was to unhook the HDDs, install new OS on the SSD, enter bios moving the SSD to the top of the boot list, and reconnect HDDs. I'm guessing there might be more to it though...

You'll probably be fine installing Windows 7 on the SSD but you should make a backup of your RAID 0 array before messing with it just in case it doesn't work after you move to Windows 7. Are you using an onboard RAID controller? (built into the mobo)
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GIGABYTE EX58-UDR3 biggrin.gif

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Why do you say that? OP already said he's fine with SATA II speeds. So you're saying his own opinion is wrong? I have some USB 3.0 flash drives but my board only supports USB 2.0 and i'm fine with it..does that make me wrong for being fine with that?
You'll probably be fine installing Windows 7 on the SSD but you should make a backup of your RAID 0 array before messing with it just in case it doesn't work after you move to Windows 7. Are you using an onboard RAID controller? (built into the mobo)
Yes he has sata2 but he don't have SSD on it ,only HDDs ,so you comparison don't stand.I suggest him RAID SSDs because i saw he already have RAID field ,so he knows everything about that.Yes he will be just fine with sata2,there is no doubt about that,BUT only for two weeks ,then he will ask himself like every other PC enthusiast(maybe you are not one of them,so you dont know what i am talking about)how is it when you have 500mb/s instead of 250mb/s and belivie me you can see a difference,not all the time but some task do feel snappier and faster.
Thank good everybody don't talk like you because we would still be on Pentium 3 and IDE HDD and we be talking how everything is good and we dont need anything more.
And for god's sake what now USB 3.0 flash drive on USB 2.0 port got to do with OS drive?
And why constantly ,people that don't use and have RAID feel called to speak about RAID reliability.He needs to do back up disregard of whether it is RAID or single drive.I have now 3 years RAID field and i never had one failure or any kind of other problem.
Edited by Unit Igor - 4/2/14 at 2:44pm
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Whoa....calm down there. No need to get all bent out of shape. I just asked a few simple questions and you got incredibly defensive. No worries though, I got the answer I knew I was going to get even though you didn't really answer my question. I think it went over your head. Have a good night.
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Good morning all biggrin.gif

Not sure about ssd's myself - but hopefully soon when Ive got my new Gpu i will be following suit thumb.gif
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Good morning all biggrin.gif

Not sure about ssd's myself - but hopefully soon when Ive got my new Gpu i will be following suit thumb.gif
What card you plan to buy and what card do you have now?
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i had a hd7970 and sold it. using my backup card hd6540. Waiting to see what the 8xxx series will do and what amd will do to retaliate biggrin.gif

if to pricey i might take advantage of the prices going down on the 780ti etc thumb.gif
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