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Possible to install SSD and change boot priority to that so I dont have to format my HDD?

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October 21, 2013 10:54:06 PM

So what I am wondering is this. My friends said that in order to install my ssd I have to format my hdd and then install an OS onto my ssd and boot off that. I dont have an external storage device so backing up 688 gb of data will be a problem. I was wondering if I could just connect my ssd to my computer and install an os into it then change my boot priority to my ssd so that it will still boot off of my ssd but without me needing to format my whole hard drive.

Sorry if I am not being clear as it is a complicated issue and I am not highly educated on the subject
October 21, 2013 10:57:05 PM

Yes, the procedure you outlined will work just fine.
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October 21, 2013 10:57:10 PM

Yes; but the apps on your HDD is tied to the OS. So you will have to re-install all of them. And you may want to partition the HDD so you can start organizing your files. I am assuming that once you set up the OS on the SSD, you wouldn't need the OS in your HDD to hog up space. So you will need to organize that into a separate partition so once you're done and confident that you didn't miss anything, delete the other partition along with the OS.
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October 21, 2013 11:19:09 PM

cuecuemore said:
Yes, the procedure you outlined will work just fine.


So just to confirm.

I connect ssd - install OS onto ssd - go to bios and change boot priority
thanks for the fast reply
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October 21, 2013 11:22:49 PM

ksham said:
Yes; but the apps on your HDD is tied to the OS. So you will have to re-install all of them. And you may want to partition the HDD so you can start organizing your files. I am assuming that once you set up the OS on the SSD, you wouldn't need the OS in your HDD to hog up space. So you will need to organize that into a separate partition so once you're done and confident that you didn't miss anything, delete the other partition along with the OS.

So I copy everything in my hdd to a seperate folder in my hard drive? Space isnt too much of a problem as I have a 2T HDD and OS doesnt take up more than 30 GB.
A little detail on the process would be much appreciated.
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October 21, 2013 11:34:01 PM

The easiest way is this:
1. Create another partition on your HDD. A 1TB split will do since you have 2TB and are only using 688GB of it. For clarity purposes, Iet's label this new empty partition as P(B). And let's label the other partition with all your data P(A).
2. Move all files that are not relevant to the OS from P(A) to P(B). Try to get P(A) to take up as less space as possible. Preferably just your OS and nothing more. So no more than 80GB or so.
3. Then clone P(A) to your SSD. There are a lot of tutorials on how to clone a partition.
4. Change the boot option in your BIOS to your SSD and test. Once you verify that it boots up, you can go ahead and delete P(A) and merge it back into P(B).

That is an easy solution to keep all your apps intact without reinstalling the OS, reconfiguring your user space, and reinstalling all apps.

Alternatively, you can install a fresh OS into the SSD. Then just follow step 1, 2, and 4. The point is to move all your data to the new partition so that you can delete the partition that only contains your OS and apps while preserving all your important files. But unlike cloning, it does not preserve your apps or user settings.

Just know that partitioning and merging will take some time. 2TB is a large drive.
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October 21, 2013 11:56:00 PM

ksham said:
The easiest way is this:
1. Create another partition on your HDD. A 1TB split will do since you have 2TB and are only using 688GB of it. For clarity purposes, Iet's label this new empty partition as P(B). And let's label the other partition with all your data P(A).
2. Move all files that are not relevant to the OS from P(A) to P(B). Try to get P(A) to take up as less space as possible. Preferably just your OS and nothing more. So no more than 80GB or so.
3. Then clone P(A) to your SSD. There are a lot of tutorials on how to clone a partition.
4. Change the boot option in your BIOS to your SSD and test. Once you verify that it boots up, you can go ahead and delete P(A) and merge it back into P(B).

That is an easy solution to keep all your apps intact without reinstalling the OS, reconfiguring your user space, and reinstalling all apps.

Alternatively, you can install a fresh OS into the SSD. Then just follow step 1, 2, and 4. The point is to move all your data to the new partition so that you can delete the partition that only contains your OS and apps while preserving all your important files. But unlike cloning, it does not preserve your apps or user settings.

Just know that partitioning and merging will take some time. 2TB is a large drive.


On my computer there is already 2 drives (C: and D:)  would you recommend moving all my data from C: to D: then cloning my c drive with my ssd drive? Sorry I really dont understand what you mean by partitioning.
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October 22, 2013 7:49:51 AM

That works too as long as the D drive is big enough to hold all the data that you need to back up from the C drive.
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October 22, 2013 7:35:53 PM

You do have another choice. Paragon makes a program that will transfer just your windows to the SSD leaving everything else intact and working on the harddrive. It costs $20.
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components...

I'd also like to mention, since you said you dont have a way to backup, that if you have important files that you don't want to lose then you need to create some kind of back. Even to dvd will be fine, there will just be alot of them. All drive fail and the key to surviving is to have important files copied elsewhere.
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