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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System


11 Mar 2011   #589
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

How to Physically Install a SSD and Transfer the Operating System


Introduction

If you never owned an SSD, you have missed something. Yes, they are not cheap, but Dollar per Dollar there...


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12 Mar 2014   #590
bberkey1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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Right thats what I figured, but if the laptop comes with 7 pro already installed, the OEM already be locked to that computer, but the change of hard drives should be no concern as per SIWs remarks correct?
That's correct.
Thanks for your time everyone, its been a big help


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22 Mar 2014   #591
ONAHS

Win 7 32 Bit
 
 

HI,

I have bought a Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB ( For Laptop use). But now, I would like to utilize it a RAM storage for my PC computer (Samsung core i3 ). Is there any way to utilize this 128 GB storage as a RAM for my computer? If yes, then how. Also, which additional cables I may require to install it inside the PC case? Because right now I have SATA cable ( it came with the box) which can be connected to the USB port only.

I do not have SATA cable or power cable for use in PC.

Thanks in advance! Your immediate response would be highly appreciated!
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22 Mar 2014   #592
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ONAHS View Post
HI,

I have bought a Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB ( For Laptop use). But now, I would like to utilize it a RAM storage for my PC computer (Samsung core i3 ). Is there any way to utilize this 128 GB storage as a RAM for my computer? If yes, then how. Also, which additional cables I may require to install it inside the PC case? Because right now I have SATA cable ( it came with the box) which can be connected to the USB port only.

I do not have SATA cable or power cable for use in PC.

Thanks in advance! Your immediate response would be highly appreciated!
This begs the question as why do you need to use it for RAM when 32GB itself an extraordinary amount for most of us is available on sticks? Personally I think it would be better used as a back up drive or as I used my originals - clones in case the machine one goes south.
I cannot see any advantage in using this for RAM it indeed it can.
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22 Mar 2014   #593
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ONAHS View Post
HI,

I have bought a Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB ( For Laptop use). But now, I would like to utilize it a RAM storage for my PC computer (Samsung core i3 ). Is there any way to utilize this 128 GB storage as a RAM for my computer? If yes, then how. Also, which additional cables I may require to install it inside the PC case? Because right now I have SATA cable ( it came with the box) which can be connected to the USB port only.

I do not have SATA cable or power cable for use in PC.

Thanks in advance! Your immediate response would be highly appreciated!
No, SSDs can't be used as RAM, their architecture is not the same as RAM.
If you put it in an external enclosure you may be able to attach with USB and use it as Speed Boost function.
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22 Mar 2014   #594
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't understand this whole question. A SSD is a disk and has nothing to do with RAM. You cannot even use it as a ready boost device because with more than 2GB of RAM, it will just be a nuisance.
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22 Mar 2014   #595
ONAHS

Win 7 32 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply. my pc holds only 2 GB ram and since my work is experimental based so i needed to speed up my computer. The reason why I asked this was usually ppl use their USBs as RAM to boost the pcs. So, the question came up to my mind, if we can use SSD like that or not. Thanks for the reply!
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22 Mar 2014   #596
ONAHS

Win 7 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ONAHS View Post
HI,

I have bought a Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB ( For Laptop use). But now, I would like to utilize it a RAM storage for my PC computer (Samsung core i3 ). Is there any way to utilize this 128 GB storage as a RAM for my computer? If yes, then how. Also, which additional cables I may require to install it inside the PC case? Because right now I have SATA cable ( it came with the box) which can be connected to the USB port only.

I do not have SATA cable or power cable for use in PC.

Thanks in advance! Your immediate response would be highly appreciated!
No, SSDs can't be used as RAM, their architecture is not the same as RAM.
If you put it in an external enclosure you may be able to attach with USB and use it as Speed Boost function.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK HOW WE CAN ACHIEVE THIS? LIKE U MENTIONED OF PLACING IT AS AN EXTERNAL ENCLOSURE? CAN YOU PLEASE ELABORATE IT A LITTLE MORE INTO STEPS. ACTUALLY THIS WAS MY WHOLE POINT AS HOW TOO ACHIEVE THIS? LIKE A VIRTUAL RAM OR WHATEVER IT BE BE CALLED IT AS.

THANKS
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23 Mar 2014   #597
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you have only 2 GB of RAM, you can try to use the SSD as a Ready Boost device. That is not really additional RAM. What it does is use the SSD as an additional paging device which will speed up paging because the SSD access time is appr. 150 times faster than to the pagefile on the HDD.

The Ready Boost option should come up when you attach the SSD - in Autoplay.

But the best result you get when you install the OS on the SSD in lieu of the HDD. But that is only possible if the SSD is installed as an internal device. For OS transfer see here:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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23 Mar 2014   #598
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You will need an enclosure similar to this:
Rosewill RDEE-12002 Aluminum 2.5" USB 3.0 SSD/ HDD Aluminum Screwless External Enclosure support up to 12.7mm - Newegg.com
Install the SSD in it, plug into a USB port, follow whs's suggestion.
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25 Mar 2014   #599
ONAHS

Win 7 32 Bit
 
 

Thank you so much all. I really appreciate your help. I will post again , once I am done with the installations. If I do need some more clarifications which I think I might, then please do help me.

Thank you once again both of you.
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