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Windows 7: Swaping back from SSD to HDD


16 Apr 2012   #1

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Swaping back from SSD to HDD

Hello,
I do have a small problem!
I just got a ssd 64gb from kingston (i don't know how good or bad they are,but it has some good reviews) and i am planing to test it on my laptop!
My problem is that after changing from hdd to ssd and test it...later on i want to put back my hdd.
Will my laptop still works as before taking out the hdd first time?
The ssd is ment to be for a desktop,that i don't have it with me at the time,but while i am waiting for the holiday,i am planing to see how a ssd is working.
Just keep it for a few days and after that back to normal hdd!As i don't have the fund for a bigger ssd...may be in a few months!
Best regards,
Wyzo

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16 Apr 2012   #2

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Provided you've changed nothing but the drive, and didn't alter the drive or put it in any other computers while it was out, you shouldn't have a problem.
Laptops are generally single boot device systems. So it should automatically seek the bootmgr on whatever drive happens to be plugged in.
Moving the data from the hdd to the ssd if you were planning on that is a little more complicated. For that I suggest installing on the ssd then just moving files you wanted to keep.

also make sure the laptop is unplugged AND the battery is removed when swapping parts.
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16 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 

Well i will just take out the hdd,set it a side...plug in the ssd..do a windows 7 install...keep it for a few days and after that put back the hdd!The ssd is ment for an older desktop that my mother is using..so instead of buing a new one,i decided the ssd will do the trick of speeding up!
And i just want to ask,i have heard that you can save the ssd of to much use and exted it's life by swaping the pagefile or smth like this to other hdd,and like that will improve his performance and make it last longer...any idea...suggestions?
And thank you for the quick answer...i do think weednesday when i am off i will have something to do..and come back with the result!
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16 Apr 2012   #4

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All those ssd tricks will only apply if you have another physical drive in the system to take all the load of the commonly changed files.
I personally have not done ALL the stuff in this regard to my own ssd because I honestly don't think the lifetime problem is nearly as bad as many people are making it out to be.
That's just me though, don't take that as scripture or anything...

On that note though this following link would be a good place to start looking into all that stuff.
SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7
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16 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 

Now i understand!
What i was thinking as well...instead of remplacing the hdd...is there any way that i can install the OS on the external drive and boot it from there?
I have read on some forums that some users they keep theyr windows on external hdd and they can take it with them everywhere...is any way i can do that?
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16 Apr 2012   #6

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

To be honest you want the core system files on that ssd, that's what is going to give you the huge speed boost you are looking for. If the system is already older I wouldn't be horribly concerned about the drive lifespan anyhow, it will probably last the rest of the computer's useful lifespan regardless.
Save the external for file storage space, since the ssd is so small...
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