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Basically, I am going to hold off before getting a solid state drive this month. I want to check out the new Sata 3 ones(and am disappointed at Intel's weaker showing in random read performance) so we'll see how the sandforce controller performs.

Until I get one though, I am working on my build and have the two WD Caviar Blacks. If I go ahead and set one of them up as a boot drive, and the other as my storage drive, can I later image my boot drive over to the SSD and then set up the two HDD's in raid? Or will I have some issues?
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You can image an HDD to an SSD, but I've read nothing but complaints about drive degradation from this method. It's pretty much always preferrable to do a fresh install to the SSD. Saves you the hassle of manually setting up windows to realize that it's running on an SSD as well.
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Basically, I am going to hold off before getting a solid state drive this month. I want to check out the new Sata 3 ones(and am disappointed at Intel's weaker showing in random read performance) so we'll see how the sandforce controller performs.

Until I get one though, I am working on my build and have the two WD Caviar Blacks. If I go ahead and set one of them up as a boot drive, and the other as my storage drive, can I later image my boot drive over to the SSD and then set up the two HDD's in raid? Or will I have some issues?
You will end up with poor performance and other issues by doing so. Its really worth the time to do a complete fresh install. SSD's dont like system restore and likewise they do not like images from HDD's
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Basically, I am going to hold off before getting a solid state drive this month. I want to check out the new Sata 3 ones(and am disappointed at Intel's weaker showing in random read performance) so we'll see how the sandforce controller performs.

Until I get one though, I am working on my build and have the two WD Caviar Blacks. If I go ahead and set one of them up as a boot drive, and the other as my storage drive, can I later image my boot drive over to the SSD and then set up the two HDD's in raid? Or will I have some issues?
While it is NOT recommended to restore an image of a spinner to SSD, it is possible without losing performance...
IF:
You are using Windows 7
AND
Allowed Windows 7 to create the extra hidden 100 meg partition (which gives proper offset)
AND
The image to be restored is the same or SMALLER than the SSD.
AND
you imaged BOTH partitions at the same time.
AND
you have time to run a REPAIR INSTALL after the image is restored to the drive so Windows 7 can get all the settings done right.
(see my guide up in the stickies)

I figured it out because I use custom software that could not simply be reinstalled without paying for a new license.

Personally, I would use Windows 7 easy transfer to save your docs, settings, etc. and fresh install Windows 7 to it and use easy transfer to get the user stuff to the new drive.
Edited by magic-man - 3/20/11 at 1:26am
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