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Just bought a OCZ Vertex 2e 60gb for using as boot drive/os/few games etc.

I want to use the 500gb for storage.

My trouble is that I do not want to lose settings/programs/data/music from my 500gb HDD. How do I go about backing these settings and programs up before wiping clean the HDD to use as storage. And loading the settings etc back up for use on the SSD?

have scoured the web/forum for tips/ideas but its a mixed bag of methods most of which don'T seem to be sepcific to me.

Thanks for any help


EDIT: Scrap it, I am just going to back up my documents/music on a seperate HDD and do it like that.
Edited by pale - 12/22/10 at 6:17am
    
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Just bought a OCZ Vertex 2e 60gb for using as boot drive/os/few games etc.

I want to use the 500gb for storage.

My trouble is that I do not want to lose settings/programs/data/music from my 500gb HDD. How do I go about backing these settings and programs up before wiping clean the HDD to use as storage. And loading the settings etc back up for use on the SSD?

have scoured the web/forum for tips/ideas but its a mixed bag of methods most of which don'T seem to be sepcific to me.

Thanks for any help
This might seem tedious and perhaps unnecessary, but it's the way I do it, and it's the only way I've ever attempted to do it. However, it freakin' works.
  1. For every program that has settings you'd like to save, Google how to save those settings (yeah I know it's lame to say "Google it", but this is a true exception)
  2. Additionally, Google "how to back up [insert program name here]" for each program you want to back up. This may also help you fill in the blanks after you perform the first step (well, these aren't really chronological steps, but still)
  3. For all storage-like data and all music, this can just either be left alone. Or you can move it to a safe location in order to simplify the path to the main goal

Of course, those first two points can actually seem very time-consuming, but it should be extremely rewarding. It most certainly was for me. I mean, now I can format, start over, and be back up and running in just a few of hours as though I didn't even format and start over. This is especially true for me with Firefox/Palemoon. I can get that back to where I left off without losing anything. There are only two things I have to do after installing Firefox/Palemoon: tell it to find updates for all of my Extensions, and I need to install all of the usual plug-ins (like Flash, etc.)

You can also utilize Windows Easy Transfer because this should save many settings in Windows!

But this is all I think of right now.
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You only need the "Windows Easy Transfer" which is included in Windows 7. It will not transfer programs, no tool can do that unless you decide to mirror the whole partition (which will go wrong because you switch from a HDD to SSD). You can't avoid reinstalling Windows and programs when changing from a HDD to SSD, but after you reinstalled all you can use the transfer wizard to ummm transfer (almost) all files and settings form the old to the new install.
*EDIT: however as TwoCables said there may be some programs where Windows Easy Transfer can't transfer the settings and you must search on google how to do it. Form my experience however there are quire rare.

You can find the tool in Start > Accessories > System Tools

Here's an easy guide on how to do it:
http://www.technospot.net/blogs/wind...sers-settings/
Edited by dragosmp - 12/22/10 at 6:33am
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Thank you, definitely doing that for chrome/photoshop/filezilla settings. The rest im just going to copy over to an external HDD and do a fresh install on the ssd (when i have it installed).

One more quick question, reviews of my SSD say that the firmware needs to be updated on it... Can do this once the OS is installed and its up and running? or is it best to do it first somehow?
    
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You only need the "Windows Easy Transfer" which is included in Windows 7. It will not transfer programs, no tool can do that unless you decide to mirror the whole partition (which will go wrong because you switch from a HDD to SSD). You can't avoid reinstalling Windows and programs when changing from a HDD to SSD, but after you reinstalled all you can use the transfer wizard to ummm transfer (almost) all files and settings form the old to the new install.
*EDIT: however as TwoCables said there may be some programs where Windows Easy Transfer can't transfer the settings and you must search on google how to do it. Form my experience however there are quire rare.

You can find the tool in Start > Accessories > System Tools

Here's an easy guide on how to do it:
http://www.technospot.net/blogs/wind...sers-settings/
I'm not talking about finding programs that do that stuff for you. Instead, I'm talking about learning how to do it manually.

For example, I don't use Outlook's built-in Export/Import. I do everything manually (I guess I think it's more fun or something). Although, I found that its built-in Export/Import definitely provides the same results.

Or with Windows Easy Transfer: I don't use it. I do everything manually, and I leave everything else alone that I don't want to forget how to do (like forgetting a best friend's phone number thanks to Speed Dial). So there are things I could easily back up in one way or another (either using notes in Notepad, screenshots, or by saving certain files or Registry entries), but some of those things I just do not want to forget how to do...

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Thank you, definitely doing that for chrome/photoshop/filezilla settings. The rest im just going to copy over to an external HDD and do a fresh install on the ssd (when i have it installed).

One more quick question, reviews of my SSD say that the firmware needs to be updated on it... Can do this once the OS is installed and its up and running? or is it best to do it first somehow?
Do they provide a reason why it needs to be updated?
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