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Adding SSD to laptop with HDD

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July 26, 2013 6:00:52 AM

So, im buying a laptop that comes standard with a HDD and I want to add a SSD as well for the OS and primary games/programs. How can i do this correctly?
Should I unplug the HDD and install the OS to the SSD and then later plug the HDD in and clear it out?
Any tips would be appreciated.

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July 26, 2013 7:21:53 AM

You Need to remove the HDD from the Laptop and insert the SSd in its place . For the Existing Harddisk you can buy the Usb casing that are available in market for much cheaper prices and use it as an alternate storage device . Then you can install the operating system and Games on Ssd and experience the better performance . Among ssd there are different models available as per acc. to performance .
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July 26, 2013 8:09:10 AM

askatul said:
You Need to remove the HDD from the Laptop and insert the SSd in its place . For the Existing Harddisk you can buy the Usb casing that are available in market for much cheaper prices and use it as an alternate storage device . Then you can install the operating system and Games on Ssd and experience the better performance . Among ssd there are different models available as per acc. to performance .

I guess what i should have made more clearly that i am doing SSD AND HDD. The laptop has slots for both.
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July 26, 2013 1:46:04 PM

The slots are probably the same, so it shouldn’t matter what slot the SSD is plugged into. That being said its probably better to have the SSD plugged into the primary slot (the one with the HDD in it now) just in case there is a difference and plug your HDD into the secondary slot.

Do you want to re-install windows? Or do you want to keep your old installation?
You can either do:
1. A clean installation of windows on your SSD, boot into it and check that it all works, move the files you want from your old HDD, then reformat your HDD
2. Clone your HDD to your new SSD to keep your old windows set up. Then once you have confirmed you SSD is working, reformat the HDD.

A clean install is always recommended, but sometimes it’s just easier to clone your old drive.
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July 27, 2013 7:28:57 AM

urbanrider said:
The slots are probably the same, so it shouldn’t matter what slot the SSD is plugged into. That being said its probably better to have the SSD plugged into the primary slot (the one with the HDD in it now) just in case there is a difference and plug your HDD into the secondary slot.

Do you want to re-install windows? Or do you want to keep your old installation?
You can either do:
1. A clean installation of windows on your SSD, boot into it and check that it all works, move the files you want from your old HDD, then reformat your HDD
2. Clone your HDD to your new SSD to keep your old windows set up. Then once you have confirmed you SSD is working, reformat the HDD.

A clean install is always recommended, but sometimes it’s just easier to clone your old drive.

I would like to do a fresh install. I haven't received the lappy yet, but I think the SSD and HDD slots are dedicated as such, being that the SSD will have a caddy mount. Whether or not that mount is movable, I am not sure.
So when i install the SSD, should i unplug the HDD while i install the OS on the SSD? Or can i leave the HDD connected?
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July 27, 2013 10:17:43 AM

thewisdomp said:

So when i install the SSD, should i unplug the HDD while i install the OS on the SSD? Or can i leave the HDD connected?


No you can leave it connected. Just make sure you select to correct disk when your installing. Then change the boot order in the BIOS so the SSD is first.
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