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Quick Tips
- Enable AHCI mode on in your BIOS
- Unplug your other drives before installing Windows
- Don't bother with RAID

For more information, I wrote a few pictorial guides you might find helpful:

Installing Windows 7: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/890571-...new-drive.html
Basic Space Savers: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/887334-...isk-space.html
Moving your document/media folders to secondary drive (easily): http://www.overclock.net/ssd/761471-...s-folders.html
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Okay, so I have my SSD now. So basically what I'm going to do is do a clean install of Windows on my SSD, and after the install, add the HDD to the system?
 
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post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by TheDreadedGMan View Post
Quick Tips
- Enable AHCI mode on in your BIOS
- Unplug your other drives before installing Windows
- Don't bother with RAID

For more information, I wrote a few pictorial guides you might find helpful:

Installing Windows 7: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/890571-...new-drive.html
Basic Space Savers: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/887334-...isk-space.html
Moving your document/media folders to secondary drive (easily): http://www.overclock.net/ssd/761471-...s-folders.html
thanks. i just got my ssd today as well. a 60 gig g.skill. i hope these guides help.
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Hey guys, I've decided that instead of doing a clean install on my SSD, I just want to move everything from my HDD to my SSD (now 96GB worth of data). How do I do this? Can somebody at least give me a place to start?
 
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post #15 of 25
Clean install is definitely the way to go. Don't worry the install on an ssd probably takes 15 seconds

Man I thought a 90gb ssd would be enough, but then i saw wow and windows ate up almost 50 gb of my fresh install :/
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post #16 of 25
Most importantly dont forget to format it. For better results do a clean install.
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Crap, well that's definitely not what I wanted to hear, LOL. Okay, then. I think what I'll do is just wipe my HDD clean of most everything but of the documents, pics, music, videos, etc. When I install my SSD, will I need to wipe that as well? Or will nothing be on it?
 
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post #18 of 25
RAID is a standard designed to improved performance or provide redundancy (or both) by distributing data over multiple drives. It is best to use identical drives (model and capacity) for any RAID configuration.

OP: do a clean install of Windows on the SSD (with your HDD unplugged). Use the SSD for OS and speed dependant apps and the HDD for data/media storage.

If you currently have Windows installed on the HDD you'll need to blow away the OS partition otherwise your system will see two operating systems.


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Crap, well that's definitely not what I wanted to hear, LOL. Okay, then. I think what I'll do is just wipe my HDD clean of most everything but of the documents, pics, music, videos, etc. When I install my SSD, will I need to wipe that as well? Or will nothing be on it?
I'm a little lost on what you are talking about, but let me share my thoughts:

Install Windows on your SSD. You will notice the biggest gains in performance that way. Also, install all your demanding programs that you use often (such as Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc) on your SSD. You should only install SOME of your games on your SSD. Do NOT over do it. If you run low on space, then you can run into a whole bunch of problems such as System Restore not working, Recycle Bin acting up, and other things. Leave a good 10GB of empty space on your SSD.

Use your WD as your storage drive. What I like to do is remap my Downloads, Document, Videos, Pictures, and Music folders to my D drive, that way when I go to Users>Karmuhhhh>Documents, everything is automatically saved to my storage drive and does not waste precious SSD space (You can remap by right clicking on My Documents>Properties>Location and changing the drive letter).

So install your SSD, put in the Windows DVD, Format the drive, install Windows, and you should be good to go. Don't forget to enable AHCI mode and be sure not to install on the wrong drive (unplug your storage drives prior to Windows install)
    
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I'm a little lost on what you are talking about, but let me share my thoughts:

Install Windows on your SSD. You will notice the biggest gains in performance that way. Also, install all your demanding programs that you use often (such as Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc) on your SSD. You should only install SOME of your games on your SSD. Do NOT over do it. If you run low on space, then you can run into a whole bunch of problems such as System Restore not working, Recycle Bin acting up, and other things. Leave a good 10GB of empty space on your SSD.
Whoa, I totally was not aware of that. Thanks for the heads up there. Anyway, once I get Windows installed on my SSD, do I go ahead and plug in my HDD and format it like that? How do I "blow away the OS partition" without my PC seeing two OS's?
 
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