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June 14, 2013 2:34:59 PM

I know, I know there are many other threads out there that explain how to do this but I just don't understand them fully. Basically I want to use this SSD with my hdd. I plan on putting a fresh version of windows 7-64 bit on the SSD and a couple of other games and software that I often use. My question is if I have to download those programs again to the ssd or can I just load the OS on it and just transfer the programs from my HDD to my SSD. Thank you.

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a b G Storage
June 14, 2013 2:38:31 PM

Hook up just the SSD, enter BIOS and set to ACHI mode. Install Windows. hook up the HDD and reinstall all other programs.
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June 14, 2013 2:46:22 PM

anonymous1 said:
Hook up just the SSD, enter BIOS and set to ACHI mode. Install Windows. hook up the HDD and reinstall all other programs.
Can you transfer the programs from the hdd the SSD without having to download and reinstall them completely?

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a c 283 G Storage
June 14, 2013 4:02:41 PM

A fresh clean install of Microsoft Windows is the preferred method of installation. In addition, a fresh clean install of your software applications, utilities, and games is also the preferred method. Microsoft Windows has a tendency to turn into what we used to call a "bloated pig" because of all the extra files and folders that accumulate. A fresh clean install eliminates a lot of useless or unneeded files.

There are software utilities that are capable of cloning files from a hard disk drive to an ssd. They work reasonably well but sometimes there are glitches. Acronis True Image is mentioned quite often in this forum.

BTW - The installation process is a lot faster with an ssd. Data can be written to an ssd much faster than it can be written to a hard disk drive.
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June 14, 2013 4:52:52 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
A fresh clean install of Microsoft Windows is the preferred method of installation. In addition, a fresh clean install of your software applications, utilities, and games is also the preferred method. Microsoft Windows has a tendency to turn into what we used to call a "bloated pig" because of all the extra files and folders that accumulate. A fresh clean install eliminates a lot of useless or unneeded files.

There are software utilities that are capable of cloning files from a hard disk drive to an ssd. They work reasonably well but sometimes there are glitches. Acronis True Image is mentioned quite often in this forum.

BTW - The installation process is a lot faster with an ssd. Data can be written to an ssd much faster than it can be written to a hard disk drive.

Can you recommend those utilities to me because some of my personal stats for some games on my computer don't have cloud stored data. I'd lose all of my stats if I re installed them.
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June 14, 2013 5:46:01 PM



I see that you are a power supply master and I have a question about the one I am about to get. Will this MOBO and this psu be able to use the sata 3 for the SSD.
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a c 283 G Storage
June 14, 2013 6:50:57 PM

Here is a link to a handy chart I maintain showing power supply requirements. Please read the introductory remarks first:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/power-supplies/gpu-power-req...

Here is a link to a list of recommended power supplies based on competent technical reviews and rigorous testing:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/power-supplies/psu-recommend...

Here is a link to the PSU Lemon List which contains power supplies to avoid:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/power-supplies/psu-lemon-lis...

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