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I've done a lot of searching, but can't quite the answer I'm looking for.

I currently have just one 500GB HDD with Win7 and all of my files/games/media etc. I'm going to be installing a 120GB SSD that will contain just Windows and most of my games. I'm not quite sure and how I should go about getting Windows 7 from my HDD to the new SSD.

Do I:
  • Backup everything, format the HDD, reboot and install Windows on the SSD, then restore my media/files back onto the HDD?
  • Just un-install Windows 7 and my games, then install Windows on the SSD and reinstall my games on there?
  • Can I install Windows on the new SSD while it's still installed on the HHD?
  • Do I need to create a imagine of my current HDD and copy it over the SSD?

I've been searching everywhere and racking my brain, but I'm having a hell of a time trying to figure this out.
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A completely fresh install would be preferable from what I hear. Copying and realigning might not perform as well.
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A completely fresh install would be preferable from what I hear. Copying and realigning might not perform as well.
I've heard the same. So in that case, would I just want to take the route of formatting the HDD and then installing the SSD? Then I could install Windows on the SSD and restore my files from my external backup drive back onto the HDD?
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There's 2 ways you can go.
1) Clean install on your SSD. Just unplug your HDD first. Install the OS and your apps, plug back in your HDD and use it as your storage drive (games, backups etc)

2) Shrink your c: partition to the size of your SSD.
Create an image of the partition and restore it to your SSD.
You'll need to make sure your SSD is marked as Active and the HDD isn't.

Unless you're willing to take the time to learn, option 1 might be best. Once you have everything set up, you then create an image of your SSD so you never have to reinstall again.
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There's 2 ways you can go.
1) Clean install on your SSD. Just unplug your HDD first. Install the OS and your apps, plug back in your HDD and use it as your storage drive (games, backups etc)

2) Shrink your c: partition to the size of your SSD.
Create an image of the partition and restore it to your SSD.
You'll need to make sure your SSD is marked as Active and the HDD isn't.

Unless you're willing to take the time to learn, option 1 might be best. Once you have everything set up, you then create an image of your SSD so you never have to reinstall again.
Thanks for this info. I'm kind of a noob at this, so I apologize if I'm asking obvious questions.

If I take option 1, don't I need to uninstall windows from the HDD? If so, would I want to do that before I unplug it and install the SSD or after? Or would I just format the HDD prior to installing the SDD?
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Your questions are good. Don't feel bad about asking.

You don't need to uninstall first. Just make sure you backup any data you want to keep. Unplug it, plug in the SSD. Go into the BIOS and set to AHCI mode and install the OS. When finished, plug back in the HDD.
Have a look at getting Macrium Reflect (free) or Acronis (paid) to make an image of your SSD once it's all set up. Then you'll never have to reinstall. Just reload your image (takes like 15 mins max)
Edited by tw33k - 12/17/10 at 6:51pm
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Your questions are good. Don't feel bad about asking.

You don't need to uninstall first. Just make sure you backup any data you want to keep. Unplug it, plug in the SSD. Go into the BIOS and set to AHCI mode and install the OS. When finished, plug back in the HDD.
Have a look at getting Macrium Reflect (free) or Acronis (paid) to make an image of your SSD once it's all set up. Then you'll never have to reinstall. Just reload your image (takes like 15 mins max)
Thanks again. Now I plug the HDD back in, isn't Windows going to be installed on both the SSD and the HDD?
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I've done a lot of searching, but can't quite the answer I'm looking for.

I currently have just one 500GB HDD with Win7 and all of my files/games/media etc. I'm going to be installing a 120GB SSD that will contain just Windows and most of my games. I'm not quite sure and how I should go about getting Windows 7 from my HDD to the new SSD.

Do I:
  • Backup everything, format the HDD, reboot and install Windows on the SSD, then restore my media/files back onto the HDD?
  • Just un-install Windows 7 and my games, then install Windows on the SSD and reinstall my games on there?
  • Can I install Windows on the new SSD while it's still installed on the HHD?
  • Do I need to create a imagine of my current HDD and copy it over the SSD?

I've been searching everywhere and racking my brain, but I'm having a hell of a time trying to figure this out.
Uninstalling Windows is not necessary, once you're happy your new windows is working well you simply delete the partitions on the old drive, and create a new partition and format it (all using Disk Management.)

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Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
There's 2 ways you can go.
1) Clean install on your SSD. Just unplug your HDD first. Install the OS and your apps, plug back in your HDD and use it as your storage drive (games, backups etc)

2) Shrink your c: partition to the size of your SSD.
Create an image of the partition and restore it to your SSD.
You'll need to make sure your SSD is marked as Active and the HDD isn't.

Unless you're willing to take the time to learn, option 1 might be best. Once you have everything set up, you then create an image of your SSD so you never have to reinstall again.
for option 1, here is a guide I wrote: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/890571-...new-drive.html

for option 2, here is the other guide I wrote: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/887271-...dows-onto.html

I suggest option 1 for a clean copy of Windows, but if your Windows install is not that old, you might save some time with option 2 if you have to reinstall a lot of software.

Do either option, then use these two guides for post-install configuration:
Basics of saving some space in Windows 7: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/887334-...isk-space.html
Move your media folders to your secondary drive: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/761471-...s-folders.html


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Thanks again. Now I plug the HDD back in, isn't Windows going to be installed on both the SSD and the HDD?
Yes, but it doesn't really matter, as long as you boot from the SSD, and then you can get the various files you want from the HDD, and then when you're done and you're happy with your new install, you can delete all the partitions from the old drive, create one nice clean partition, format it, and use it for storage, and everything that doesn't fit on the SSD.
Edited by TheDreadedGMan - 12/17/10 at 8:44pm
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OP, you can clone you HDD using UDPcast via network

may be an option
post #10 of 12
Keith, follow GMan's advice and enjoy your new SSD
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