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I've used Macrium Reflect and Acronis (free) before and both have allowed me to resize partitions during cloning. smile.gif
Oh, that's a nice feature.
I use DriveImage XML for my cloning, and since it doesn't support resizing I used GParted to resize it.

Definitely something to keep in mind when cloning though, make sure your cloning software can do this or have a way to resize it somehow else.
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Changing settings via msconfig or regedit is still a heck of a lot easier and faster than doing a full Windows install complete with updates and program re-installation. rolleyes.gif

Yup.
At least with the Samsung Magician software, all of those can be configured very easily with a simple GUI. I'm sure There are other ways that simplify it too but even doing the stuff individually will take much less time than the windows updates alone.
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Totally agree here. Why is it such a big deal to do a reinstall? Your OS will be cleaner and perform better.

Not that big a deal but certainly less convenient than a simple clone. Besides, you've got less downtime with cloning. With a clean install, it usually takes me a weekend to install most drivers, updates and frequently used programs and maybe a week or two to get the machine back to working exactly the way I like it. And really, after I've installed all that and made tweaks, performance will be almost the same as if I had just cloned in the first place. rolleyes.gif

The biggest speed up is moving from HDD to SSD. Whether you do a clone or clean install is entirely up to you. Either method you choose, performance will be noticeably faster and more responsive than HDD.

Edited for clarity.
Edited by rui-no-onna - 3/27/15 at 8:32pm
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post #13 of 38
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Hmm....now you guys have me all confused.
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SSD is sooooo worth the money
 
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Hmm....now you guys have me all confused.
  1. Buy a 500GB class SSD ($~200)
  2. Clone OS onto new SSD
  3. Delete partitions off old system drive and reformat
  4. Live life in the fast line
  5. Become rich and famous
  6. Unlock the secrets of the universe

/done

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I'd just buy a new SSD and reinstall the OS to that, and then set the SSD as the boot drive in the BIOS. However you decide to do it, you should definitely add an SSD, though. Everyday use on a machine with no SSD is almost intolerable once you're use to having one. Even two Raptors or two of Seagate's Hybrid drives in RAID 0 can't give you the same responsiveness that you'll get from just putting your OS and programs onto a basic 120GB SSD that you can buy for about $50 these days. It's money well spent.
     
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Ok so if I just clone the whole drive over to the SSD and then reformat the HDD, am I still going to have to go in and change settings in the msconfig or regedit?

Because if I do, I will be at a loss as I do not know much about messing with those programs. However, If I do, then I might as well just Install a fresh copy of windows onto the SSD and then reinstall everything else that is on the HDD onto the SSD and then wipe the HDD.

How can something so easy be so complicated for me?

Excuse me, I have to go find some of my lost brain cells..........oh...there goes one.........!!!
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Ok so if I just clone the whole drive over to the SSD and then reformat the HDD, am I still going to have to go in and change settings in the msconfig or regedit?

Because if I do, I will be at a loss as I do not know much about messing with those programs. However, If I do, then I might as well just Install a fresh copy of windows onto the SSD and then reinstall everything else that is on the HDD onto the SSD and then wipe the HDD.

How can something so easy be so complicated for me?

To be honest, I haven't needed to touch the registry or msconfig at all after I cloned my laptop's HDD to SSD. All I did was make sure scheduled defrag was disabled for the SSDs and check if TRIM was working (fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify in DOS window as administrator). That's it.
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To be honest, I haven't needed to touch the registry or msconfig at all after I cloned my laptop's HDD to SSD. All I did was make sure scheduled defrag was disabled for the SSDs and check if TRIM was working (fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify in DOS window as administrator). That's it.


I don't even bother with doing that half the time. lol

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I'd say go for the SSD, but get a 500GB or greater because you won't need a new one till the day it dies.

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