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July 23, 2013 7:24:09 PM

I'm looking into buy the Kingston SSDnow 120gb SSd. I was watching some videos on ssd and installations, and they all say to clone your files on your hd using a disc and but it on the SSD. Mine does come with one, but do I need it? I'm keeping the HD for storage, but does it put all of my files on there? I'm using 94 right now, so I dont have to worry about it being to full. Is there files that I should keep on the SSD and put others on HD. Or do I just not do it at all?

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a c 167 G Storage
July 23, 2013 7:44:56 PM

Samsung and Intel provide a free clone utility for their drives. Don't know if Kingston does.
A 120gb ssd will have about 110gb of useable space. I think you are cutting it close. A SSD will slow down as it nears full. The clone should work, even to 120gb. But, plan on moving some things off to your repurposed old hard drive. I really think I would try to buy 180gb or even 240gb.
After the clone process is complete, just boot to the ssd. You can wipe your old hard drive if you wish, or just use it. Your old files will still be there.
You may get advice on ssd tweaks, but I would ignore them. They are not worth the trouble. Leave everything on the ssd and enjoy the speed. If you have large storage files, like video's, then they would go to the hard drive.

But, really, with 94gb used, consider a larger ssd than 120gb.
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July 23, 2013 7:49:08 PM

geofelt said:
Samsung and Intel provide a free clone utility for their drives. Don't know if Kingston does.
A 120gb ssd will have about 110gb of useable space. I think you are cutting it close. A SSD will slow down as it nears full. The clone should work, even to 120gb. But, plan on moving some things off to your repurposed old hard drive. I really think I would try to buy 180gb or even 240gb.
After the clone process is complete, just boot to the ssd. You can wipe your old hard drive if you wish, or just use it. Your old files will still be there.
You may get advice on ssd tweaks, but I would ignore them. They are not worth the trouble. Leave everything on the ssd and enjoy the speed. If you have large storage files, like video's, then they would go to the hard drive.

But, really, with 94gb used, consider a larger ssd than 120gb.


But do I have to clone it? What does it do if I clone?
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a c 167 G Storage
July 23, 2013 7:52:20 PM

Clone makes a bit for bit copy of one drive to another.
It is an easy way to migrate to a ssd without having to reinstall windows and your apps.
If you want to do a clean install on your SSD, that is ok too,
Do not have your hard drive attached during the clean install, or windows will complicate things by putting a recovery partition on the hard drive. After the install, you can go ahead and reattach the hard drive.
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July 23, 2013 7:56:32 PM

geofelt said:
Clone makes a bit for bit copy of one drive to another.
It is an easy way to migrate to a ssd without having to reinstall windows and your apps.
If you want to do a clean install on your SSD, that is ok too,
Do not have your hard drive attached during the clean install, or windows will complicate things by putting a recovery partition on the hard drive. After the install, you can go ahead and reattach the hard drive.


Okay, just making sure, I can install win 7 to the ssd without cloning things, I just have to disconnect the Old HD when doing so, but when plugging back in, I can still access my files from the old HD?
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a c 167 G Storage
July 23, 2013 8:06:05 PM

Correct.

Your fallback is to reboot from the old hard drive since nothing can have changed.
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