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Windows 7: Thinking of adding SSD

08 May 2014   #11

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

Once you've installed it you'll wonder how you ever did without it - even on a really OLD machine !!!.

You MUST though separate your OS from your DATA - (music, photos, videos, documents etc). That way backups etc are easier and ypu don't lose any data if you re-install the OS.

The Easy way -- forget about Windows file transfer etc is simply to IMAGE your current system with a program like Free Macrium, and then RESTORE it to the SSD and simply plug in the SSD.

A cheap cable (USB==>SATA) type makes this job simplicity itself.

(If it's a DESKTOP you don't even need to take out the old HDD - just change the boot order in the BIOS so the SSD is FIRST in the boot order. You can wipe the old HDD / re-format it later. If it's a laptop it's normally simplicity itself to swap the internal HDD for the SSD - just be careful in case there's an EXTRA connector that connects the SATA connector on the HDD to the MOBO).

Some SSD's - like the SAMSING 840 will include this type of cable - but not all makes do.

I'd recommend this first - even before you re-install Windows as this will check that the system works and the SSD is installed correctly. If something goes wrong without having booted the SSD with a system on it - you won't know if it's Windows or the SSD so even if you do a RE-INSTALL of WINDOWS try the image method first. With an SSD re-installing windows takes MINUTES BTW !!. Installing user applications and updates is the bugbear erspecially if there are a few GB's of updates to download again !!.


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09 May 2014   #12

Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

Well the bits arrived today - had a scare cos no spare power lead but i found one - tonight is preparation night sponsored by Malibu and Coke - backing all files up ready for 7yr old 500gb drive to go to the mashers - thanks for all your input and i will post up what happens when i have completed everything
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10 May 2014   #13

Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

Well - I have everything fitted seemed to go well now its a case of reintsalling everything - AND HOW FAST IT GOES! starts up and restarts in under a minute - very impressed when its finished this batch of updates i am gonna call it a day Again ty for all ya help
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