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Hello all.

I need your professional help here.

I just recently purchased an Intel X25-M ssd (80gb), and I've been researching how to transfer from an HDD to a SSD.

However, many of the search results are not straight-forward and difficult to comprehend.

I'm currently almost done with my water cooling project and I just need to fill up the system with coolant. However, I'm wondering if anyone can help me with steps on how to transfer components.

I want the ssd for my os - Win7 - and for my Steam account (for gaming). If I have to reinstall Steam, then that's fine because I already have backed up the files on the Steam account. But I really don't want to deal with reinstalling my Win7. Is it possible to just transfer this onto the ssd drive?

Thanks for your help.
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Acronis will image your drive and you can drop it onto another drive. However, it is strongly recommended to just do a fresh install of Windows.

Also your games on steam won't benefit from the SDD much besides starting faster maybe and loading maps a little quicker. No FPS gains or anything else.
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Acronis will image your drive and you can drop it onto another drive. However, it is strongly recommended to just do a fresh install of Windows.

Also your games on steam won't benefit from the SDD much besides starting faster maybe and loading maps a little quicker. No FPS gains or anything else.
What is "Acronis?" And what do you mean that you can "drop it in?"
Is this a 3rd party program?

And yes, I know that installing games on an SSD won't improve fps, however, I would like them to load faster. I mostly use my computer for gaming and internet browsing on my free time.

Any recommendations on what else to add to my ssd drive?
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What is "Acronis?" And what do you mean that you can "drop it in?"
Is this a 3rd party program?

And yes, I know that installing games on an SSD won't improve fps, however, I would like them to load faster. I mostly use my computer for gaming and internet browsing on my free time.

Any recommendations on what else to add to my ssd drive?
As kRze said, just reinstall Windows on the SSD. This is the best way to optimize speed and make sure your windows install isn't a cause for slow performance. The installation time on the SSD will be quicker than imaging anyways. You can actually just move your Steam folder to your SSD and reinstall Steam and it will recognize the games I believe, so that shouldn't be a big deal either.

As far as other apps go, I'd say install your most used apps on the SSD, web browser, graphic apps, MS Office. Most apps will open as if they were minimized when they are installed on an SSD.
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Acronis is back up and recovery software: http://www.acronis.com
I would put all game and programs on the ssd. Thats what I do with my raptor and I use my other drives for music, movies, and pics.
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Purchase a copy of Acronis True Image Home 10
Install it
Using the software Create a Rescue CD/Boot CD
Connect your SSD
Boot into True Image using the boot CD and use Acronis True image to clone your current disk to your SSD.
In the BIOS set you SSD as your Primary Boot.
Your Done.

Basically, Acronis takes a sector by sector snap shot of your drive and clones it to another drive or can create an image file.

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...FRBx5QodEQgZKw

Put anything you want fast load times on your SSD. Your OS obviously, Games, Apps, Page File. Media and documents, and other things of the such can be transfered to your HDD.

Just a note. Acronis True Image home is know to mess with Windows File sharing making your shares inaccessible. I would suggest once you create your Boot CD to uninstall it.
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post #7 of 17
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Thanks fellas for the suggestions & advices so far.

I believe I will go ahead and reinstall my win7 on ssd then. I will just start my computer without installing the ssd to make sure everything is fine after the water cooling completion. Once I am sure that's working, then I will go ahead and install the ssd.

What I am wondering though is, when I connect it, will my system recognize it immediately? Or is this something I will have to manually do?

Any sites to specific instructions would be greatly appreciated too.

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Arexniba View Post
Thanks fellas for the suggestions & advices so far.

I believe I will go ahead and reinstall my win7 on ssd then. I will just start my computer without installing the ssd to make sure everything is fine after the water cooling completion. Once I am sure that's working, then I will go ahead and install the ssd.

What I am wondering though is, when I connect it, will my system recognize it immediately? Or is this something I will have to manually do?

Any sites to specific instructions would be greatly appreciated too.

Thanks.
Yes it will recognize it without any adjustments.You should enable ahci before installing windows.
Also make sure you have the latest chipset drivers.
Edited by djsi38t - 5/26/10 at 10:27am
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Yes it will recognize it without any adjustments.You should enable ahci before installing windows.
Also make sure you have the latest chipset drivers.
Oh man, now I'm even more confused and feel completely rookie

What is "ahci?"
And latest chipset drivers for what? The ssd? Or another component in my rig?

Thanks
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Oh man, now I'm even more confused and feel completely rookie

What is "ahci?"
And latest chipset drivers for what? The ssd? Or another component in my rig?

Thanks
In your bios you can select 3 different options for your SATA drives: IDE, RAID, or AHCI. Run AHCI to get full performance out of your SSD.

For chipset he is talking about your mobo.
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