OK... here's the situation: Like many of us, my old Q9550 is starting to show its age. I'd love to build a new 6 or 8 (soon)core system with all the goodies, but frankly with this economy, I just cant pull the trigger! I defrag regularly, perform system maintenence on a regular basis, keep tabs on what apps and services are in startup, and I delete apps I no longer use. However, as a teacher and consultant I need to install, use, and test many apps... sometimes using my "production" system, sometimes using a VM. The problem is that my machine is getting slower... its in need of some new life! I have 4GB of RAM and my MB will take up to 16GB, but 4GB DDR2 sticks are difficult to find and I will spend about the same on an SSD. I know what huge performance advantages can be realized by an SSD, and it looks to be "the best bang for the buck" upgrade.
I've read through whs's tutorial on SSD Install and OS transfer, SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
it sure looks like the easy way out is by using Paragons Migrate OS to SSD software, and that's what I'm probably going to do. More info on Paragons Software here: http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/ It
appears that the Paragon SW will let me pick and choose what I want to transfer from my existing 640GB SATA boot drive to a smaller 256GB SSD.
My thinking ie that I will use this sw, and transfer only the OS, excluding the user folders, and app data, etc. This will give me two benefits as I see it... I can still boot off of my old HDD to see what else I need to reinstall, and I keep the data on the SSD to a minimum. I'm considering installing office on the SSD, along with a few other often used apps. Should I place COD on the SSD or leave it on HDD? I know I will need to point to my existing user folders on the former boot drive. I also realize I will have to reinstall most apps and I will place these into their existing directories on the old HDD... e.g. Program Files and PF(x86). I'm figuring a week or so for total migration as this is my everyday work machine.
For those of you familiar with this process using Paragone SW and migrating to a smaller SSD.... What tips can you give me, and others, to speed and streamline this migration?