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I have been sitting on a Win 7 Pro installation because I have been waiting for SSDs to get faster, bigger and cheaper. I would like to jump in now, but anticipate that 6 months to a year from now, I will regret buying a large ( 256MBish ) SSD so I am thinking about getting a smaller one, then using it as a scratch disk later when I get a big SSD.

That being said, I have heard that it is best to do a fresh installation of the OS on your new SSD. Makes sense and I don't question this. What I do wonder is if there is any reason to do a clean install if you are simply going from a small SSD to a big SSD. I am thinking that you should be able to clone the drive and keepi running. Any reason to think this is not the case?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this issue.

Paul
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You have the right idea: A fast, small SSD now, and a larger one later if you need it.

To answer your question though, an SSD to SSD cloning should be fine. Some SSDs use different offsets than others (example; my Corsair uses 64KB and my A-data uses 1024KB), but only time will tell.

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Personally I think you'd be ok with a small SSD for boot drive and a second disk/array for programs, games etc. I have a 64GB SSD for my boot drive and I see no need to go larger until SSD prices come down more.
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