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Windows 7: Hard Drive Compatibility with different computers

22 Apr 2014   #31
zomboromano

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It's got Samsung, Kingston, etc


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22 Apr 2014   #32
ignatzatsonic

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Samsung 840 EVO is an excellent choice if in your budget. Maybe the best choice as of today.

Crucial M500 is another good one that is often seen at a low price because it is being discontinued and replaced by the M550.
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22 Apr 2014   #33
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Right, there you have a lot choices. All modern SSDs are sata 3. But even if you don't have a 6Gb port, they will work OK. It is the access time that counts, not the data transfer rate. The OS makes a lot of ramdom access operations (mostly reads) for mainly 4K blocks. So there is not a lot of data to transfer but the access has to be fast.
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22 Apr 2014   #34
zomboromano

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Okay. I'm going to bite the bullet and get the Samsung 840 EVO-Series 120GB SSD.

My simple question is: What's the easiest and best way to get the operating system on there?

I don't want to have issues with my product key being verified, and I'm not sure if having it on my other hard drive will effect that,

because I do have a USB thumb drive to boot from and to install windows 7 from.

So with me having that usb thumb drive, will it be easy to install from there? And will it be easy to uninstall the operating system from my second hard drive?

Or is there a better easier way?

Also, will that fit in my computers normal hard drive slot? Both of the hard drives above I mentioned fit perfectly but I'm not sure if it will fit properly. (Yes, I will of course take that Seagate out of my computer).
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22 Apr 2014   #35
zomboromano

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Also one last question, I have a sata 0,1,2, and 3 port. Does it matter what port I put it in?

My other hard drive was in like sata 0, but that port was blocking my video card, so I had to move them to other sata ports.

I know these are a lot of questions. But honestly when I upgraded my processor (as we talked about in the other thread) it brought my computer nearly to the performance I want. I think upgrading to this SSD should get me exactly where I want. So all of your help is helping me a ton! Then after this I can put off upgrading my motherboard for a while.
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22 Apr 2014   #36
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zomboromano View Post

My simple question is: What's the easiest and best way to get the operating system on there?

Best: A clean install from either an ordinary Windows 7 installation disc or from a USB drive containing the installation files.

Second best: "cloning" or "imaging" your current installation to the SSD.


If your PC is a name brand like HP or Dell or Lenovo, you should have a sticker with a 25 character "Product Key" on it. Do you have such a sticker and Product Key? What version of Windows 7 is mentioned on that sticker?

If you don't have the Product Key, you will have major problems with activation, which must be done within 30 days.

Tell us exactly what it says on your sticker, but DON'T post the actual 25 characters that should be in this format: xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.




I don't want to have issues with my product key being verified, and I'm not sure if having it on my other hard drive will effect that, because I do have a USB thumb drive to boot from and to install windows 7 from.

Changing hard drives would not have any effect. Changing motherboards might matter, depending on exactly what version of Windows you have.

So with me having that usb thumb drive, will it be easy to install from there? And will it be easy to uninstall the operating system from my second hard drive?


It should be easy assuming you have a valid Windows 7 Product Key and the thumb drive is not defective and contains installation files for that same version of Windows 7.

You don't "uninstall" the OS on the other drive. You first get Windows going and updated on the SSD. Then you reconnect the other drive and delete the partition containing the OS on that drive.

If you have any personal data on that OS partition, you need to copy it somewhere else before you delete the partition or you will lose it.





Also, will that fit in my computers normal hard drive slot? Both of the hard drives above I mentioned fit perfectly but I'm not sure if it will fit properly. (Yes, I will of course take that Seagate out of my computer).

SSDs are somewhat smaller than normal hard drives. Yes, it will fit. You have 3 choices:

1: buy the bare Samsung drive and buy a separate "2.5 inch adapter" that will allow you to mount the SSD in a standard 3.5 inch drive bay.

2: buy a package that includes both the drive and the adapter in a single package for one price.

3: buy the bare drive and don't use an adapter. You'd instead secure the drive in the drive bay with something like Velcro or duct tape. They don't have any moving parts, so aren't as fragile as hard drives. I used duct tape for a couple of years.
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22 Apr 2014   #37
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zomboromano View Post
Also one last question, I have a sata 0,1,2, and 3 port. Does it matter what port I put it in?

It should work in any port, but I'd put it on the port that equates to "Disk 0" when viewed in Windows Disk Management.

That's most likely a port now being used by one or the other of your hard drives. Take a look in Windows Disk Management and tell us which drive is shown as "Disk 0".

Better yet, post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

The most important thing is to NOT have any other hard drive connected when you start to install to the SSD.


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22 Apr 2014   #38
zomboromano

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zomboromano View Post

My simple question is: What's the easiest and best way to get the operating system on there?

Best: A clean install from either an ordinary Windows 7 installation disc or from a USB drive containing the installation files.

Second best: "cloning" or "imaging" your current installation to the SSD.

If your PC is a name brand like HP or Dell or Lenovo, you should have a sticker with a 25 character "Product Key" on it. Do you have such a sticker and Product Key? What version of Windows 7 is mentioned on that sticker?

If you don't have the Product Key, you will have major problems with activation, which must be done within 30 days.

Tell us exactly what it says on your sticker, but DON'T post the actual 25 characters that should be in this format: xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.




I don't want to have issues with my product key being verified, and I'm not sure if having it on my other hard drive will effect that, because I do have a USB thumb drive to boot from and to install windows 7 from.

Changing hard drives would not have any effect. Changing motherboards might matter, depending on exactly what version of Windows you have.

So with me having that usb thumb drive, will it be easy to install from there? And will it be easy to uninstall the operating system from my second hard drive?


It should be easy assuming you have a valid Windows 7 Product Key and the thumb drive is not defective and contains installation files for that same version of Windows 7.




Also, will that fit in my computers normal hard drive slot? Both of the hard drives above I mentioned fit perfectly but I'm not sure if it will fit properly. (Yes, I will of course take that Seagate out of my computer).

SSDs are somewhat smaller than normal hard drives. Yes, it will fit. You have 3 choices:

1: buy the bare Samsung drive and buy a separate "2.5 inch adapter" that will allow you to mount the SSD in a standard 3.5 inch drive bay.

2: buy a package that includes both the drive and the adapter in a single package for one price.

3: buy the bare drive and don't use an adapter. You'd instead secure the drive in the drive bay with something like Velcro or duct tape. They don't have any moving parts, so aren't as fragile as hard drives. I used duct tape for a couple of years.

The USB Drive I have Windows 7 on I have used several times to do clean installs. I also already did it to my current Hitachi hard drive.

I have a key with the operating system code, it's a Dell sticker, Windows 7 Home Premium Key.

If that sounds good I'll get the drive and Amazon.com: SABRENT 3.5-Inch to SSD / 2.5-Inch HDD Bay Drives Converter (BK-HDDH): Electronics

So based off the info I gave you, I could buy that, screw the hard drive into it, do a clean wipe on both my hd's, and then boot from a usb, install windows with the key I have. (I've done it a few times, and also wiped out hard drives using cmd and clean all before).

Then install my important programs and whatnot on that hard drive,

move picture files and other storage files onto my hitachi hard drive.

Am I completely dead on and good to go here? Am I missing anything?
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22 Apr 2014   #39
zomboromano

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zomboromano View Post
Also one last question, I have a sata 0,1,2, and 3 port. Does it matter what port I put it in?

It should work in any port, but I'd put it on the port that equates to "Disk 0" when viewed in Windows Disk Management.

That's most likely a port now being used by one or the other of your hard drives. Take a look in Windows Disk Management and tell us which drive is shown as "Disk 0".

Better yet, post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

The most important thing is to NOT have any other hard drive connected when you start to install to the SSD.


Here is a screenshot. Like I said. I forgot exactly what order they were in, but I think Disk 1 and Disk 0 were blocking my video card so I moved over 1 slot to the side to plug in my hard drive.

Then the other slots on the side of that I plugged the Seagate into.


Also, why would it be important not to have any other hard drives plugged in?

Couldn't I just boot from my usb drive, do a clean wipe on BOTH hard drives, and then install windows on 1 particular hard drive? Or would having both drives plugged in complicate things (for example, I boot from the usb drive, but when I install windows it would install it to a random drive, and complicate matters)


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22 Apr 2014   #40
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zomboromano View Post


The USB Drive I have Windows 7 on I have used several times to do clean installs. I also already did it to my current Hitachi hard drive.

I have a key with the operating system code, it's a Dell sticker, Windows 7 Home Premium Key.

Does it say OEM on that sticker somewhere?

I'll have to take your word for it that it's a valid license and key and that you successfully installed AND ACTIVATED on your current hard drive.

Dells don't come with an installation disc as far as I know. Where did you get the files to put on the USB thumb drive?


If that sounds good I'll get the drive and Amazon.com: SABRENT 3.5-Inch to SSD / 2.5-Inch HDD Bay Drives Converter (BK-HDDH): Electronics

That should work fine.

So based off the info I gave you, I could buy that, screw the hard drive into it, do a clean wipe on both my hd's, and then boot from a usb, install windows with the key I have. (I've done it a few times, and also wiped out hard drives using cmd and clean all before).

You've got the order wrong.

You should:

1: attach the SSD to the adapter.

2: mount the adapter and SSD in the drive bay.

3: remove or disconnect all of your other hard drives and any external stuff other than monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

4: connect the SSD to the right port on the motherboard and to your power supply

5: install Windows 7 to the SSD.

6: Fully update Windows 7 and satisfy yourself that the SSD is working OK. Probably run a benchmark and check a few settings like alignment and defragmentation status.

7: Then and only then start thinking about your old hard drives and other programs.


Am I missing anything?


I'd go to the motherboard manufacturer's web site and download the NIC (Ethernet) driver for Windows 7 for that particular motherboard model and put it on your USB stick. That driver should be installed by Windows 7, but I'd download it separately just in case I could not get an Internet connection going immediately after I installed Windows.

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