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Just got my 840 Pro, Questions about Installation

So I just received my 256GB 840 Pro in the mail (took long enough...but hey, free shipping! :D )and have a few questions to ask before puttin' that sucka in my PC.

(1) Is it easier to try and move my Windows installation over to my SSD, or would a fresh install be easier/quicker (despite the time it would take to re-download Service Pack 1 and all the updates)?

(2) What's a "safe" maximum amount of data to put on the SSD? I know filling it up all the way would be a less favorable than say 75%, but what's the most I can put on there with decent longevity?

(3) Any other pointers I should know before I start? Thanks! :D

Edit: I do have this sticky up.

Edit 2: I have an ASRock Extreme4, is that already set up in AHCI mode or whatever it's called?
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    1. Fresh install is the best. Moving may be 'easier', but an extra hour spent getting it right will reap benefits later on.

    2. 80% or so.

    3. For Windows 8: http://www.overclock.net/t/1240779/seans-windows-8-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
    For Windows 7: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
  2. USAFRet said:
    1. Fresh install is the best. Moving may be 'easier', but an extra hour spent getting it right will reap benefits later on.
    Awesomeness! :D

    USAFRet said:
    2. 80% or so.
    Sounds good, thanks! :)

    USAFRet said:
    Using Windows 7, this guide should come in handy!

    I'll post the results of what ends up happening soonish. Hopefully my SSD is not DoA and is of excellent quality! :D

    P.S. In case you couldn't tell, I'm very enthusiastic about all of this! :D
  3. Is it OK to shift SATA cables around while in the BIOS?
  4. SlitWeaver said:
    Is it OK to shift SATA cables around while in the BIOS?


    With power on? I wouldn't.
    Some boards support that, but just on principle, I wouldn't, no matter what it said.
  5. Alright, sounds good.
  6. How can I set everything up so that the majority of my files are installed and accessed from my HDD while a select 'few' programs are actually on my SSD?
  7. SlitWeaver said:
    How can I set everything up so that the majority of my files are installed and accessed from my HDD while a select 'few' programs are actually on my SSD?


    As you install applications, choose Custom or Advanced. Then you can choose where each one goes.

    However, for a 256GB drive, you should have zero space problems with applications.
    I have a 128 as my boot drive, and everything except Steam, MS Office, and the virtual machine drives installed on it. Win 8 Pro + Media Center, Lightroom, and older version of Photoshop, PaintShopPro, LibreOffice, a zillion utilities.
    Current use is ~65GB.

    Applications outside of games don't really use that much space. Install games elsewhere, and you'll be fine.
    And of course music/movies/images elsewhere.
  8. Set your browser(s) download folder to be elsewhere
    Set a couple of top level folders on your HDD - Applications, Docs, Music

    When you install an application, choose the Applications folder to be the top level guy for that
    Create a new file? It goes in HDD/Docs
    Set your music player to look at the HDD/Music folder
  9. You can also identify new locations in Documents or Libraries.
  10. Alright, all good info. I'll probably shove a couple of my games onto my SSD, but I don't think I'll shove all 180GB of them on there :P Thanks again for all your help! :D
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