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Windows 7: Moving data to a new SSD


15 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Moving data to a new SSD

I am planning on getting a 256 GB Samsung 840 pro SSD, but I have some questions first. I plan on using it for my OS and my programs and games. How would I move that to the SSD? Is there anything else that would see a speed increase if moved to the drive? What would my libraries (videos, pictures, music) be like if my media was stored on my HDD? Is there anything else I should know before I buy one? Thanks in advance.

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15 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ROBO731 View Post
I am planning on getting a 256 GB Samsung 840 pro SSD, but I have some questions first. I plan on using it for my OS and my programs and games. How would I move that to the SSD? Is there anything else that would see a speed increase if moved to the drive? What would my libraries (videos, pictures, music) be like if my media was stored on my HDD? Is there anything else I should know before I buy one? Thanks in advance.
Getting an SSD is a very good move. It speeds things up so much. As you said, you want to put your OS and programs on the SSD. Pictures, music, etc and such can be put on a HDD. Here is your tutorial for the switch to the SSD SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System You will see two methods in the tutorial of moving files. One is the Geeky method which requires a lot of steps. The other is the easy way which requires you spending $19.95 If you can spare the $20, do it that way. If at all possible do a Clean Install Windows 7 and reinstall your programs. It is always best to start with a Clean Install when possible.
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15 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

The easiest way moving your OS, programs, etc., on your "C" drive is create an image and restore it to the SSD drive. As long as the "C" drive is equal, or less in size than the SSD, it'll work. You can use Windows backup, or Macrium Reflect for creating the image. Other partions can be imaged as well and restored on a new drive. I've just done that on a laptop and it has no issues, it didn't even ask for reactivating Windows.

The boot sector size for the SSD needs to be certain size, the HDD does not have this requirement. When the image from the HDD is restored to an SSD, Windows is smart enough to adjust the boot sector size for the SSD since Vista.

It is also possible that Windows always installs itself based on the SSD requirements. Pick your take...
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15 Nov 2012   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Install Windows 7 to the SSD, a clean install, and use this tutorial to move Users to a separate HDD after.
User Profile - Change Default Location
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15 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks everyone. I think I will just transfer to the ssd since there's a tutorial on it. i read through the tutorial, but I'm a little confused. Hopefully all will go well when the time comes. Will the steps in this tutorial lead me to moving my pictures, documents, videos, and music to the ssd as well? My video's folder alone is too large to be moved to the ssd.
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15 Nov 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ROBO731 View Post
Thanks everyone. I think I will just transfer to the ssd since there's a tutorial on it. i read through the tutorial, but I'm a little confused. Hopefully all will go well when the time comes. Will the steps in this tutorial lead me to moving my pictures, documents, videos, and music to the ssd as well? My video's folder alone is too large to be moved to the ssd.

Just use the tutorial linked by Britton30 to move the user folders to the hard drive. That's what most of us do, and you will notice no difference except the location.
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15 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

That's what I plan on doing. I think I was just a little confused. I'll give it a try when I get my SSD.
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16 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Would games even benefit from being moved to the SSD?
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16 Nov 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ROBO731 View Post
Would games even benefit from being moved to the SSD?
Only start up time. They will load faster but will not run any faster. The in game performance will be the same as a mechanical hard drive.
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16 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay, thanks. I figured.
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