Hi, I'm about to receive my first SSD (Intel XM-25, 120GB), which I plan to image my current OS drive to. I am running Windows 7, 64 bit. I'm hoping to avoid having to reinstall my OS and all apps.
My C:\ drive is actually a 100GB partition from a bigger SATA 500GB drive (WD Caviar Green). So I also have a 400GB D:\ drive.
I have never attempted to image a drive before, so this process is daunting to me. There are a lot of things I have to consider.
0. Is this procedure even possible? (imagining a partition of a conventional HD to a SSD)
1. What's the best software for this kind of job?
2. How would the procedure go? Would it go like the following
a. Install the imaging software on my current system as is
b. Physically install the SSD in my rig
c. Turn on the computer, and let Windows 7 auto assign the SSD some drive letter
d. Use the imaging software to duplicate my C: drive to the SSD
e. Shut down PC
f. Physically change the SATA cables between the Caviar Green and the SSD.
3. At step g. of the above, what happens when I reboot and there are two OS drives in my rig with the? Is there any other step I would need to do to avoid conflict or trouble?
4. What do I do about my old C: drive? Does windows 7 automatically assign it to another drive letter and treat it like a data drive instead?
5. How would I go about removing the partition on my old drive so I get one drive that is 500GB back?
These are all the fine-print issues I am mulling over. If anyone can provide some resources, guides to help me sort through this, it would be greatly appreciated.