Ok- so far so good. I managed to install the SSD & Windows 7 pretty much without a hitch. The only confusions I had were:
- Even after enabling AHCI in regedit it did not appear as an option in my BIOS. I can only presume that this is because my Motherboard is nearly 6 years-old . Should I change that regedit back from 0 to 3?
- The CD-ROM firmware updater didn't detect the SSD, but on inspecting the label on the SSD it confirmed it already had the up-to-date firmware (0309) installed anyway .
Anyhow, now I'm just trying to work out how to reconfigure my "old C drive", which is now my E drive. I wanted to wipe this & then change my user folder location to this, then copy back my user data (primarily photos). At the same time I wanted to extend my F drive (another partition on the same HDD which holds all my music). However, as far as I can work out, I cannot extend the F drive to the left
into the E drive using the Windows 7 disk management utility.
Anyhow, now I think I may have a better idea: as I have data back-ups of both the E & F drives, perhaps it would be best to wipe the E drive & copy my music onto this from the F drive, so that in the future I can easily extend the E drive to the right. Then wipe the F drive & copy the User folder data onto this.
So what is the best way to do this? Use diskpart to totally clean the entire HDD, then create new partitions & format? Would I then also lose the OEM Recovery partition (it's XP but I suppose I should always hold onto it)? Or is it easier to just use Windows 7 Disk Management to delete the volumes/format the partitions & then extend/shrink the partitions? I suppose I'm not sure as to whether I should be deleting volumes or formatting partitions......
Oh and ignatzatsonic, you were right, I've installed nearly everything & I still have over 50Gb left on my SSD!