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Transfer OS to SSD

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:52 pm
by Crookie2290
I am trying to get info or instructions to install an SSD and then transfer the OS (win7) to the SSD and retain the HDD for data. Is there any site which can explain the practicalities of doing this. I presume it is comparatively straightforward, but would like to be advised of any pitfalls.
My reasons for dong this is to improve my overall Windows Index from 5.4 to a level which reflects all the other indices (other than tha HDD), which approach 7.9. Any help or advice would be welcome. My kit is
YOYOTECH Water Dragon
Gigabyte MoBo MA790XT-UD4P
AMD Phenomm II X4 925 Processor at 3.4GHz
ATI Radeon 4890 1 GB
WD HDD 750.2 GB Sata300 3.5
4GB DIMM DDR3 Memory
Windows 7 64 Bit

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:48 pm
by Thomas
Hello Crookie2290, and welcome to the friendly Camera Labs forum!
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have you already installed the SSD? I think that should not pose any problem.
To get the OS on the SSD you could install it a second time. Is this no option for you?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:24 pm
by Gordon Laing
If you'd simply like to transfer an existing OS installation from one drive to another, you could use cloning software like Norton Ghost. Obviously you'd have to make sure the space used by the original installation isn't bigger than the available space on the new drive - a concern with SSDs as they're normally smaller than most hard disks.

Transfer OS to SSD

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:15 pm
by Crookie2290
Thanks for your prompt replies.
These alternatives are possible, and I feel both would do. However, I have many APPs which I have and would ask if these should be installed on the new SSD or left on the HDD?
Renistallation of the OS would of course leave the Apps on the HDD, and cloning would I think put them on the SSD.
Is this the case. I plan to buy a 62GB SSD, which I feel would be ample for the OS and the APPs if necessary.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:03 pm
by Gordon Laing
It's up to you. You could either install everything from scratch onto the new SSD including the OS and apps, or you could clone the hard disk onto the SSD, in which case everything foes onto the SSD and the hard disk becomes spare.

Transfer to SSD

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:15 pm
by Crookie2290
Thanks for your help Gordon. I'll give it a go and see what happens.