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First SSD (Vertex2) + OS install... process help...?

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I just received my OCZ Vertex 2 (120GB) and I'm about to go through the install process... but I have several ways of doing this. I'd just like some advise as to what is the wisest;

Storage rig:
1 single Samsung F3, 500GB
1 external HDD, 500GB

I've backed up my entire Documents library to the 500GB external drive. In fact I made a mistake when I installed the OS (W7 64 home premium OEM) in that I didn't partition th 500GB drive (I wanted to install a Linux distro to use Gparted but never got round to it). So all my data is on a single partition (yeah, I beat myself up over it too..!).

I can see two processes possible here:

1) Physically install + test the SSD with current system
2) with a Linux live CD/USB, use Gparted to repartition my HDD... This will take ages as I have a very small portion of it unused (move a bit of used partition to new partition, shorten existing partition, move more to newly enlarged partition, etc... until all data is in the new partition)
3) Re-install OS on SSD, test
4) wipe out original system partition, make it all a data partition
5) Reinstall all my programs, free software, import settings from external HDD etc... (takes a while...)

or

1) Physically install + test the SSD with current system
2) Re-install OS on SSD, format HDD totally
3) Re-transfer all data that I transferred to the external HDD back to the now formatted and system free HDD
4) Reinstall all my programs, free software, import settings from external HDD etc... (takes a while...)

Question:

I need to backup my apps (I hate this word...) settings folder (I believe it's the Apps Data folder, hidden in the User folder) as well and then copy it over the new one.
Would this work fine..?
I wouldn't change the OS and I would just reinstall all existing software (things like Firefox + add ons by transferring old profile, free software like Audacity, Media Monkey, EAC...).

Ideally I wouldn't need to re-install my games and software... But it's safer to do an all-clean install despite my PC being only about two months old (self build, core i3, GTX460, Antec300).

Thanks!
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It is always better to do a fresh install when passing to an SSD. It takes time and can be frustrating, but it avoids long term headakes. In 2-3 hours you'll have everything on, and it will just work. During the setup Windows sets itself for an SSD, if you don't do this install you'll have to do all the settings yourself (which may or may not work). To avoid much of the headache of copying manually the system settings use "Windows Easy Transfer" - export from the current OS and import on the new OS, then all you need to do is reinstall the programs (win will tell you which).

About "how to install" the only advice I have is
* choose beforehand if you wanna use IDE or AHCI for the SATA
* during installation keep only the SSD connected, not the HDD; the reason is that Win7 creates during setup a hidden 200MB partition on the OS drive - if it finds the partition already exists on the HDD, it will no longer create it on the SSD. This partition is somekind of swap file (I think) and you want to have it on the SSD. If the HDD isn't there, setup will be forced to create it on the SSD.

To format the HDD, after copying the data you need, use Easeus Partition Magic. It is free, fast and very powerful. With it you can simply cut a slice of the 500GB and format it for Linux without losing the data on the shrunk partition.
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Merci beaucoup dragosmp Je suis Parisian aussi

No idea about IDE or AHCI but I'll go with IDE (since I recognize it more than the other option...! I'm such a noob).
Thanks for the tip on just using the SSD.
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Alright installation and transfer of files both to external HDD and using Windows Easy Recover worked just fine... I may re-install the OS tonight. Thanks!

Is there any way like on Linux to pull a list of all my installed software..?
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Merci beaucoup dragosmp Je suis Parisian aussi

No idea about IDE or AHCI but I'll go with IDE (since I recognize it more than the other option...! I'm such a noob).
Thanks for the tip on just using the SSD.
You should use AHCI.

Here's a guide on SSDs too.
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Cool thanks! I've setup the SSD for AHCI from the BIOS (easy enough to figure out), and I'm just about to format my original HDD. W7 install went very well.
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