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Windows 7: Installing SSD along side HDD

04 May 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I can't help you with AMD stuff, but be sure to get compatible RAM. You may or may not have to get a new power supply depending on your graphics card.
I am pretty sure this RAM is compatible. I have a 650W PSU which should more than likely be able to handle it all with this graphics card.

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04 May 2011   #12

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

The best way to make sure your ram is compatible is to go to your motherboards website, find your board and look at the QVL list. It will show you the ram that has been tested on that board. However, all ram isn't there. Most likely, if you buy ram from the same manuf, same voltage, frequency and timings it will work.

I only have experience with Intel and Vertex2 SSDs. On my AMD machine I found I had better results using windows ahci driver than AMD's. Be sure you set your bios to ahci before installing windows, and disconnect all other drives other than the SSD. There is a tutorial to optimize the SSD for installation. However, with a new drive don't run the 'clean all' command. Also, beware of all of the tweeks you will find on many websites about SSDs. You can optimize it to death. Windows will automatically optimize most of what needs to be done. The most important is to make sure defrag is off. Windows usually does that automatically but I always check to make sure. I turn Defrag off. But that means you will have to manually check your other hard drives. As soon as windows is installed, run the windows experience index.
To save space move the default location of user folders to another HD. If you plan on installing your games on the SSD I would consider a larger one. Your 40GB SSD wil probably format to about 36GB. Windows installation will take up about 16GB. Conventional wisdom is to not use over 80% of the drive. I don't know if that is true or not. When you decide which drive you are buying, go to the forums of that site. There should be a guide of installation and needed tweeks. Just don't overcomplicate it, windows will do most of the work for you. Enjoy your new drive, you'll love it.
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04 May 2011   #13

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

[QUOTE=Sean1082;1381708]To go along with my PC upgrade this summer, I have decided to go with purchasing an SSD to use for my OS along with internet apps, Microsoft office, etc. I plan to install my games (To be specific, Steam, and all games I have on it) as well as the majority of my data onto my 2TB HDD.

Here's some info, but not for the beginner I guess & do at your own risk : How to: Setup SSD boot drive with secondary Hard disc optimization - -
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05 May 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Thanks a lot. I am now looking into a larger drive in case I later decide to install some larger sized applications onto it and still have available space. This SSD seems great and has awesome specs.

Again, thanks for your replies, they'll help me out a lot with my build.
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