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Do I need a fresh OS install when upgrading to an SSD or can I clone my drive?

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January 6, 2014 6:35:42 AM

Firstly thank you for everyones advice regarding the components I picked over the festive period. They were easy to fit and the installation of a fresh OS went very well.

I now have an SSD, my brother had a spare brand new one after he got sent 2 rather than 1 so he donated his spare one to me. Considering I only installed my OS 2 weeks ago do i need to perform a fresh install, with all the rigmarole of installing drivers for the motherboard and GPU, or can i use a clone programme as advised at this link from lifehacker?

I'll only be putting my OS onto the SSD as it's just a Corsair Force 60gb one if that matters.
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January 6, 2014 6:41:20 AM

Fresh is recommended but I have used cloning and no issues!
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January 6, 2014 6:46:12 AM

rolli59 said:
Fresh is recommended but I have used cloning and no issues!


Cheers Rolli. To be honest the main reason i want to clone is to avoid downloading all the drivers again. Like a bloomin idiot I deleted the downloads once the drivers were installed.

At the moment I'm still backing everything, Steam games, music, films, photos, documents etc. that won't fit onto my external HD so i may eventually decide to go for a fresh instal. Thank you for the answer kind sir.
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January 6, 2014 6:48:57 AM

If you do a fresh install make sure your SATA controller is in ACHI mode and do it with only the SSD in the computer than afterwards re connect the HDD.
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January 6, 2014 6:53:57 AM

rolli59 said:
If you do a fresh install make sure your SATA controller is in ACHI mode and do it with only the SSD in the computer than afterwards re connect the HDD.


Cheers. I assume that's set in the BIOS, I'll google it though just to be safe. Would it be best to format the old HDD once the fresh OS install is sorted and I'm actually in Windows 7 to avoid potential conflicts?
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January 6, 2014 6:56:25 AM

Realist81 said:
rolli59 said:
If you do a fresh install make sure your SATA controller is in ACHI mode and do it with only the SSD in the computer than afterwards re connect the HDD.


Cheers. I assume that's set in the BIOS, I'll google it though just to be safe. Would it be best to format the old HDD once the fresh OS install is sorted and I'm actually in Windows 7 to avoid potential conflicts?


Yes on the format. In bios on the ACHI setting.
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January 6, 2014 6:59:11 AM

Thank you very much Rolli, the advice is really appreciated :) 
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