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Windows 7: Migrating to a SDD Drive, 1 question, does it matter which SSD drive?

05 Nov 2014   #1
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Migrating to a SDD Drive, 1 question, does it matter which SSD drive?

I've been the author of this topic: Thoughts on a solid state drive?

That has convinced me I should seriously consider upgrading to an SSD drive for my windows.

However I want to do this without re-installing windows.

So here are my harddrive specs:
http://i.imgur.com/NhzsbPB.png

And here's a guide on how to do it: (there are some other guides but this one seems most solid)
Migrate system to a solid-state disk without reinstalling Windows with EaseUS Todo Backup software

My question is:
Do I need to buy a SSD drive that is from the same brand as my current hard drive? Or doesn't it matter what SSD I buy to migrate to? This is very important to know. Because I would like to make this smooth without much issues. And the last thing I would want is buying something that causes me to re-install windows.

And if so what SSD Drive should I best buy? Recommendations? Please provide links to the product pages.


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05 Nov 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

No, you don't need the same brand.

Some SSDs will come with software that will clone your old installation to the new SSD.

Or you can use third party software to clone from the old drive to the SSD.

Or you can use third party software to make an image of the old installation and then restore that image to the SSD.

Or you can do a clean install.

Good choices would be the Crucial MX100, Samsung 840 EVO, or an Intel.
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05 Nov 2014   #3
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thank you for the informative reply. Just some thoughts that I written down about the subject below:

Do you think SSD will ever hold the same storage amount as current hard drives?

I'm hoping that in the near future their storage space increases but on the other hand I understand that SSD is not meant for storage like a hard drive.

Do you think hard drives are fading away, are they not part of the future? Is SSD going to replace the hard drives?

Also I guess it is important that the SDD I buy has more GB then what my current hard drive occupies of space before making the switch?
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05 Nov 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

see comments in bold

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Max Pen View Post
Thank you for the informative reply. Just some thoughts that I written down about the subject below:

Do you think SSD will ever hold the same storage amount as current hard drives?

Ever? That's too long to predict. SSDs now hold more than consumer hard drives did 10 years ago. I don't know what the upper size limit is for the current technology

I'm hoping that in the near future their storage space increases but on the other hand I understand that SSD is not meant for storage like a hard drive.

Storage space on SSDs is going up constantly. One TB SSDs are easily found, but again I don't know the upper limit. SSDs are becoming more popular because of declining prices, not just because of more space. Prices are less than half of what they were 3 years ago---as low as 40 cents per GB and declining constantly.

Do you think hard drives are fading away, are they not part of the future? Is SSD going to replace the hard drives?

Hard drives are fading away for operating system installations, but they are still the majority. Anyone building anything beyond an entry-level PC should certainly use an SSD for the operating system--prices are now under $100 for an SSD large enough for most machines. But in 10 or 20 years, who knows.

Also I guess it is important that the SDD I buy has more GB then what my current hard drive occupies of space before making the switch?

Yes, and you should allow for future growth and leave some spare space empty. A common idea is to put the operating system and applications on a relatively small SSD (maybe 80 to 240 GB) and then use a standard hard drive for data only.
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05 Nov 2014   #5
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thank you for all the info. I think I have no more questions now.

I would give you +rep for your help sir but alas the system says I need to spread more rep to others first.
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07 Nov 2014   #6
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

Quote:
Do you think SSD will ever hold the same storage amount as current hard drives?
Sure! But it will be awhile due to costs. SSDs still cost more per Gb than HDs. But as more and more users buy, build, or upgrade computers with SSDs, costs will come continue to come down. And as more and more users move to SSDs and away from HDs, the R&D investments in advancing HD technologies will fade, as will HDs.

The move to notebooks and handhelds will (is) also affect HD sales. PC sales have nearly plummeted in recent years. And SSD only notebooks, which have been around for several years now, continue to increase too, cutting into HD sales.

Finally, there is cloud storage and streaming services like Netflix that mean we don't need monster HDs on our own systems.
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