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Ummm, I'm a complete noob but here i'm wondering, if i use a 1tb hard drive initially as a main drive, but later amass enough money to buy an ssd drive, will i be able to switch main drives? I'm guessing I have to reinstall the OS on the ssd drive?
oh and another question: if ssd drive is the main drive then i have a bunch of other additional drives that aren't ssd for more space (like 1tb hard drives), will i still reap the benefits that come with an ssd drive?
sorry for all the questions but thank you in advance!
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Absolutely yes for both questions.
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Question 1.
Actually you can use this software, http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...s/migrateeasy/, to migrate your data completely from one disk to another without facing a reinstall.

Question 2.
You will definitely reap the benefits that come with an ssd drive. The goal is to use the ssd as an operating system drive. Install Windows 7 on that drive and any important applications and anything else the requires fast access. You can store the rest of your files on those other drives.

You should also notice a significant performance boost. I had a friend who had a mechanical drive on his laptop. Replaced all his data to the ssd. Saw a boost in boot times from 43 to 16 seconds, but keep in mind every system is different.
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