SSD + New HDD Upgrade Problems

Hey guys, I built my computer back in 2011, and have been looking to upgrade it (finally).

I just recieved a new Samsung 840 Pro SSD (256gb) and a 2TB WD BLack HDD. I would like to make the SSD hold my OS and a few Games, and the new HDD as a music recording/production mass storage drive.

I just barely installed both of them into my computer, but am having difficulties getting them to be recognized in "My Computer".

I thought it would be like "Plug n Play" But it's proving to be quite extensive for a novice like myself.

Here's what I'm running:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi)

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with ...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D ( JUST UPGRADED TO 32 GB G.Skill Ripjaws)

Western Digital WD Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

So the drives are properly hooked up, and I think they are recognized in my BIOS, (my BIOS is very confusing to me) but not when windows loads up in the "My Computer" area. What do I do now? The DATA Migration software that came with the SSD is open on my computer, and I believe that the SSD is recognized in that program, should I migrate my OS over to it through the software?

I am concerned that my MOTHERBOARD might be too old or something to run an SSD?

I am very overwhelmed and need help! Thanks!
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    To transfer Windows to the SSD, you need to do one of the following:

    1) CLONE the hard drive to the SSD with cloning software, or
    2) Do a full reinstall using the Windows Install disc

    A few points before attempting to CLONE:
    1) The SSD requires that the SATA controller it's on (in your BIOS) be set to AHCI, not to IDE.
    2) You must have enough SPACE on the SSD or else you need a THIRD drive to offload some of the data to, or DELETE enough of it.

    When you end up OVERPROVISIONING the SSD using Samsung Magician you'll have a little over 75% of the original space as listed. About 190GB to 200GB.

    Best free CLONING software IMO:

    1. confirm SATA is AHCI, not IDE in the motherboard BIOS (if not you need further advice)
    2. confirm under 180GB of data on the C-Drive (Windows partition). If so, continue..
    *If NOT, then delete, or COPY to a third drive, or add another PARTITION to the HDD so you can move data to the 2nd partition until the 1st (C-Drive with Windows) falls below 180GB.
    3. Use Machrium Reflect Free to CLONE from the HDD to the SSD (enable the "Verify" feature if that's an option. Mine failed the first time, but I had no erros the 2nd time).

    4. IF successful, turn OFF the PC and disconnect the hard drive for now.
    5. Use Samsung Magician to:
    a) apply firmware update to SSD
    b) apply overprovisioning to SSD
    c) benchmark (make sure you hook up to your best SSD controller. Usually the one that is "6gbps"; Intel is usually best).
    d) setup profile (do "reliable" for now)

    6) AFTER you're satisfied the SSD clone worked, shut down the PC and attach the hard drive. If the HDD boots instead of the SSD, then boot into the BIOS and change the Boot Order so the SSD is first (or DVD is first, then SSD).

    *Once you're satisfied the SSD works, and the HDD isn't the boot drive, then FORMAT the hard drive if you don't need any data on it.

    Samsung Migration can be a little confusing if you don't understand what you're doing. You can also try its Clone utility but I've never used it. I suggest NOT using it and follow the above steps.

    *IF you need more help then ask. You probably do but this is already long.

    My Final recommendation is THIS:
    a) SSD partitioned so C-Drive with Windows uses 90GB. Only Windows and non-game programs on this partition.

    b) Remainder of SSD (about 100 to 110GB) will be used for games that benefit from an SSD more than others (those with frequent load points such as SKYRIM).

    You can assign a 2nd Steam folder to this partition if you wish. You can even MOVE games between the main Steam HDD folder and this SSD foler (BACKUP game, Delete Local Content of game, then RESTORE game to the other folder. Saves space to only have games that really benefit as I said, AND are games you currently play. Can move back to HDD or leave as BACKUP on HDD to save SSD space).

    c) Hard Drive will be used for:
    - STEAM (and other games)
    - C-Drive Image (Acronis True Image or similar)
    - Downloads
    - Media.

  2. Thanks for the post man! I think what I've decided to do is just a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD, then plug in the current HDD and copy over some important apps I need.

    Question: Why and HOW should I partition 90GB in the SSD for Windows and other apps. Also, what APPS should I put in there? (MS Office)?
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