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Transfer OS from old Hard Drive to new SSD

I currently have a gaming computer set up. I have a 500GB Hard Drive that I currently have everything installed to. I'm planning on buying a SSD: http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?r=p&partid=18012
I also want to format my current 500GB Hard Drive, so I have created a backup of everything I would like to keep onto an external hard drive. I will then format my current hard drive and transfer everything back to it from the external hard drive after, apart from my OS (windows 7) and a few selected games that I want to be installed onto my SSD.

So pretty much the question is, what steps would I have to go through to complete what I have explained above, for example can I just plug in the SSD, pop in the windows 7 install disk and install windows 7 onto the SSD, and then format my current 500GB hard drive after that?

Thanks

Jared
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    Mostly, yes. There are a few things though:

    Ensure the BIOS is set to AHCI mode
    Remove the old drive
    Connect the SSD
    Change the boot order to DVD
    Put the install disk in and install
    Change the boot order to SSD then DVD
    Let it run all the updates needed
    Once everything is working, connect the 500GB drive
    Wipe it, and install applications and games where you choose.
  2. That's a great answer, however I'm not the most computer clued up person and I am confused on how I would go about doing the following: "Ensure the BIOS is set to AHCI mode", "Change the boot order to DVD" and "Change the boot order to SSD then DVD"

    Sorry to be a pain, thanks again

    Jared
  3. bobbyrox11 said:
    That's a great answer, however I'm not the most computer clued up person and I am confused on how I would go about doing the following: "Ensure the BIOS is set to AHCI mode", "Change the boot order to DVD" and "Change the boot order to SSD then DVD"

    Sorry to be a pain, thanks again

    Jared


    When you power up, enter the BIOS. Repeatedly press whatever key is used on that motherboard. On mine, its DEL.
    What motherboard is it?
  4. Can I do all the things you said through the BIOS? And my motherboard is, from that I can see, Gigabyte. Model H77M-D3H. Chipset: Intel, Ivy Bridge.
  5. bobbyrox11 said:
    Can I do all the things you said through the BIOS? And my motherboard is, from that I can see, Gigabyte. Model H77M-D3H. Chipset: Intel, Ivy Bridge.


    Yes, in the BIOS.
    On startup, press DEL repeatedly until the BIOS screen appears.

    Your manual, http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_ga-z77m%28h77m%29-d3h%28-mvp%29_e.pdf

    pg. 47 for AHCI mode
    pg. 44 for designating the boot order
  6. Thanks a lot for the help, solved for now, will have to post more another time if I get stuck.

    Thanks

    Jared :D
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