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Windows 7: Need to Replace SSD Drive - Options?

10 Jul 2017   #11

Windows 7 HP 64

If the drive is working fine, there is no reason to replace the drive.
I have a 120G SSD with Win 7 (83G) and Linux (37G) and many programs on it and still a lot of free space (37%) on Windows Partition.
As I have a HDD, I moved C:\Users to D:\Users. In other words, C: is for OS and programs and D: is for data. I have the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD.
If you wish to try, I can guide you.
This isn't a Samsung, but I have a Samsung and a PNY and I can't see any practical difference.
ADATA Ultimate SU700 2.5 ASU700SS-120GT-C -
PNY CS900 2.5

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12 Jul 2017   #12

Windows 7 64 bit

Ok. I bought the Samsung 250Gb SSD. It should be here on Thursday. I have Acronis Clone Disk on my computer so I figure I can use that to clone the contents of my existing SSD onto the new SSD.

Here are the steps per Mellon Head.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
The order should be:

1. Install the new drive in an available SATA slot
2. Clone the old drive to the new one. (only one step needed here)
3. Install the cloned contents on the new drive.
4. Remove the old drive
5. Connect the new drive to the same SATA port where the old drive was connected.
6. Sell the old drive on eBay (after I format it)
I have a couple of questions. In order to format the contents of the old drive, don't I have to keep the old drive connected to the system? If I remove the drive, I cannot format it.

So the steps would be:

1. Install the new drive in an available SATA slot
2. Clone the old drive's contents to the new drive
3. Connect the new drive to the SATA port where the existing SSD is connected.
4. Connect the old drive to the SATA port where the new SSD was connected
5. Format the old drive
6. Remove the old drive
7. Sell old drive on eBay

When I start the PC after step 4, will the PC recognize that there are two SSD with an OS so will it ask me which drive to boot from? I want to say that the SATA port used by my existing SSD today is the primary SATA port which the PC uses for booting but I could be wrong. The port is SATA1 or something.

Thanks, Bill
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2017   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

After you make the clone, remove the old drive before you boot to the new SSD the first time. If you don't problems could occur. You can connect the old drive later to format it, etc.
When you reconnect the old drive, you should check that the boot order has the new SSD first.
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12 Jul 2017   #14

Windows 7 64 bit

Or as a simpler option, I can buy a $10 external SSD enclosure. I would then take the new drive, place it in the enclosure and clone the old SSDs contents to new SSD via the USB cable. Once the cloning is complete, I would install the new SSD in my PC and remove the old SSD. Hopefully the new PC will accept the new SSD and the final step will be to place the old SSD in the enclosure and wipe the contents of the old SSD drive.
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