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adding second SSD: advantages of OS migration?

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July 11, 2013 11:10:49 AM

Hallo folks,

my system has a pretty standard configuration with an SSD (Intel 310 series, a bit less then 2 years old) and a HDD. Win 7 is installed on the SSD as well as a few games. Over time the SSD seems to have filled up a bit - I did some cleaning but it is now at about 100GB used out of 111GB available, and windows installs seems to grow over time no matter how careful one is to prevent that :) 

So I am thinking to add a second SSD to the System, such as the Samsung 840 (or the PRO version) at 256GB capacity. I have free drive bay space and SATA connectors available, so I will be able to keep all 3 drives installed in my PC.

What I was wondering is whether it would be better to migrate the OS to the new disk (for instance by using some cloning tools) or if I should just move my ~30GB worth of games and any application for which I desire good disk performance to the new SSD and leave the win 7 install on the existing drive.

So I guess this is not so much as a specific question, but more a general PRO/CON discussion: in such a situation, what are the advantages/disadvantages of transferring the OS to the new disk versus just transferring the applications (such as my games) to the second SSD? Is the additional work of cloning the system worth the advantages in having the system on a somewhat larger and newer drive?

I hope you folks understand what I am talking about and would love to get some inputs :)  In the ends I think both solutions may be viable.

Thanks!
Surya from Switzerland


a b G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
July 11, 2013 11:28:08 AM

Moving your 30Gb of files to your new SSD.
I would go for that option.
a c 601 G Storage
a c 389 $ Windows 7
July 11, 2013 11:30:35 AM

Move the game files to the other SSD or the HDD.
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July 11, 2013 11:54:51 AM

Yep, as said above moving everything other than the OS to your new SSD would be a good solution.
July 11, 2013 2:58:28 PM

Well we seems to have a consensus so far... what is the reason for that answer? simplicity and less hassle using that solution?

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July 11, 2013 3:45:29 PM
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Surya Pelor said:
Well we seems to have a consensus so far... what is the reason for that answer? simplicity and less hassle using that solution?


Migrating the OS install is always more problematic. Going from SSD to SSD, not too bad. But more potential issues than leaving the OS where it is.

A 128 is plenty for the OS and most applications. If you had a 64GB SSD, for instance, my answer might have been different.
Games, put them elsewhere. Since you now have a largeish secondary SSD...that will work.
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