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Windows 7: Question about HDD>SSD Upgrade

08 Jan 2015   #1
Phill3990

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Question about HDD>SSD Upgrade

Hey all,

I am thinking about finally upgrading my HDD to a SSD I have my eye on this

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

I have a few concerns/questions however since this my first time upgrading the HDD

1. The SSD come with cloning software, Does this clone the OS or would I need to re buy Windows

2. Does cloning windows to a new drive break any windows license policies

3. If these answers are no it wont clone windows and yes it does break rules, can I keep the HDD for the OS but run all of my games (and only my games) from the SSD to get better performance?

Thanks for any help

Phill3990


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08 Jan 2015   #2
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi there Phill3990!

Don't worry, there's nothing too complicated when using a SSD.

1. The cloning software basically copies your first storage device onto a second one, all with OS, settings, programs etc. The only condition here would be the capacity range, meaning that if your hard drive is larger than the SSD in capacity, you should delete as much as to the capacities should fit. You don't need a new OS.
2. Cloning softwares are legal, official and some of them even paid (this applies to proven softwares, of course). They shouldn't be breaking any windows license policies. Besides, if you are buying the SSD and it comes with the software, it then certainly shouldn't be a problem.
3. SSDs are faster than HDDs, but not that big in capacity most of the times. Usually for best overall performance, users using both, would load OS and all programs/games/software from the SSD (for speed) and use the HDD for storage purposes only (capacity).

Hope this helps!

CK_WD
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08 Jan 2015   #3
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

^^Agreed^^

Nice tutorial here
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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08 Jan 2015   #4
Phill3990

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks guys for your speedy replies. Sort of wish I had enough cash to get a larger SSD so i could just have a SSD instead of SSD/HDD but I have over 800 GB on this PC (I have a lot of steam games lol).

Would you say it is worth saving my cash and getting a larger SSD so I don't need the HDD at all?

Thanks again

Phill3990
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08 Jan 2015   #5
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

I have several machines and I use 64/128GB drives in most of them with large spinners as secondary drives (mostly 1TB)
I only have one machine at home that has a 250GB SSD in it and that's only because my wife and kids all have accounts on it so need a bit more space but its still only half full
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08 Jan 2015   #6
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hey Phill3990!

You're welcome!

It all depends on what you prefer but it also depends on how much reliability you want, e.g. having two separate storage drives gives you a bigger area of options if one of them fails. You could divide them in one OS-programs drive and one storage drive.

The other option for a bigger SSD is also a good one; you can divide it in partitions for your needs and you'll know that it would run faster than normal HDDs. But it does cost a bit more.

Again, it depends on what you would like and what is more convenient for you.

Cheers!

CK_WD
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