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May 10, 2013 10:34:42 PM

Hi, I am very fond of ssd and want to use only ssd in place of hdd for all my storage purposes, but unfortunately the current generation computers do not yet come with ssd alone. so i am planning to buy a windows 7 laptop that comes with hdd, then i will also buy a ssd, and then transfer the windows 7 OS and whatever other softwares that are originally installed in the laptop's hdd to the sdd. can i do it? in otherwords can i transfer all the software contents of the laptop's hdd to a separately purchased sdd and remove the hdd permanently from the laptop and use only sdd for all my future purposes, if this is possible what is this procedure called as? i understand if the laptop comes with windows 7 CD or DVD then all i have to do is to remove the hdd, then put the ssd inside and then fresh install the windows 7 on the ssd during the booting, but nowadays most laptops do not come with widows 7 cd or dvd, so i have to transfer the windows 7 OS from the laptop's hdd to the sdd, if this is possible what is the procedure called as? and i will use the laptop only for basic internet browsing and there will be absolutely no gaming or any other major activities so i guess 64 to 128 gb sdd may be enough for my purpose, and as pointed above i want to remove the hdd completely from the laptop and use only sdd for all purposes and is it possible? and what is the procedure of transferring the OS and the other software from the hdd to sdd called as? Thanks!
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a b $ Windows 7
May 10, 2013 10:43:39 PM

I have a laptop with a Intel 520 SSD and 7200 rpm HD
I have another laptop with a Seagate Momentus XT 7200 rpm Hybrid SSD / HD

The 1st one gets better benchmarks. In practice, if I don't tell ya which one is which you can't tell which one has the hybrid and which one has the separate SSD and HD.

I have build over 2 dozen machines for peeps with 128 GB SSD's.... at least 20 have requested help in cleaning the "clutter" off. Windows has a habit of putting stuff where it wants not where you'd like it.

If ya want life easy with no hassles moving stuff back and forth, get the hybrid....it boots 1 second slower than the separate HD and SSD.

If ya expect to and don't mind spending time managing what's on where, then get separate dives.

If ya use a HD and SSD, I'd suggest partitioning the HD with an OS partition and installing windows there. I would then install the SSD and install the OS on the SSD. By having two installs, if ya SSD goes south ya can still boot to the HD. ya can choose which to boot from from the BIOS
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May 10, 2013 10:59:46 PM

There is nothing wrong with JackTaylor's methods and it does make sense to partition the drive. If your laptop only allows one drive, and all you want to do is move everything from original HD to a new SSD, the simplest way is to use cloning software. Simply put the new SSD in an external enclosure, USB2 or USB3, and use any software you like to "Clone" the HD to the SSD. It will be an exact duplicate including the boot partition. I use Macrium Reflect. It is free and very easy to use. Simply chose the drive, click "Clone this drive" and it asks you what destination disk you want, you will only have one, so duh, and click finish. In about 3 to 10 minutes, you have a perfect bootable drive. You simply swap the two drives are you are good to go. No need to use the Windows install disc.
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May 10, 2013 11:43:06 PM

Thank you all, very helpful and informative!
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May 10, 2013 11:51:37 PM

A cloned drive will not slow down in time, it is identical. The only problem you can have is if you do the inverse and clone a SSD OS to a HD. The HD will be massively fragmented, which can be fixed with any advanced defragmenting program like OO's Thourough Complete, which moves all the data to the end of the drive and then puts all the OS files back in the order in which they are read for booting. It works!
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May 11, 2013 12:07:05 AM

Thanks, very helpful and informative!
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