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Is it ok to hook a SSD up to sata 2? If so will it still be faster?

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March 6, 2014 4:55:38 PM

I just ordered a SSD for my OS But my motherboard only supports sata 2 not 3. Will it still hook up ok? If so I know it won't be as fast as sata 3 but will it still be faster then my basic hard drives? As far as start up and any games I play a lot that I save to the SSD. Thanks.

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March 6, 2014 5:00:03 PM

The hookup will be identical. It is the same type of connection(SATA). The speed will not be as fast as if it were SATA3 but it will be loads faster than a normal hard drive for both startup and games that you store on it.
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March 6, 2014 5:03:56 PM

Ok another quick question for you. On my mother board the ga78mlt USB3 I have the 2 sata 2 hook ups by them self 0/1 where my 2 normal drives are hooked up now. Them down on the bottom I have 4 more sata hookups will it be ok to hook it up there. If so does it matter which one of the 4. Thanks for the answers so far.
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March 6, 2014 5:17:01 PM

If you're reinstalling the OS on the SSD, plug it into the SATA 0 port.
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March 6, 2014 6:05:19 PM

I ordered A 250g 840 Evo that's suppose to come with software for transferring the contents of hdd to the SSD would I still hook in the 0 port then? Or am I able to wipe my main hdd and then use the back up I have on my other hdd attached to the computer and restore it onto the new SSD. If that sounds like a better idea or which ever is the best idea what's the recommened way to go about it.
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March 6, 2014 6:09:02 PM

The ideal way is a fresh install on the new SSD. Yes, the migration tools usually work. usually.

This depends a LOT on your current drive, how much space is currently used, and the size of the target SSD.
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March 6, 2014 6:18:43 PM

I only have about 180g on my hdd that I would transfer then all other programs ect. Our on my larger hdd. If I do a fresh os install what do I do with my back up files on my other hdd? When I make a new back up after the fresh os install will it just overwrite the old one? Do you think just transfer the contents to the SSD will be alrite and if I just plan to transfer it which sata will I hook the new SSD into. Sorry for all the questions first time trying to do this and having a SSD.
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March 6, 2014 6:35:43 PM

ThOmAs McCoOy said:
I only have about 180g on my hdd that I would transfer then all other programs ect.


You can't really just move 'some of it'.

The choices of how to migrate are limited:
1. The whole drive
2. The whole partition (you may have boot issues)
3. Windows, minus the 'Documents' libraries
4. Windows only ( the only one I've seen that can maybe do this is not free)

Again, I almost always recommend just a fresh install on a new SSD.
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March 6, 2014 7:18:00 PM

Ok I will just do a fresh OS install then. Might be a somewhat dumb question but with my situation what would be the best way to do it? Just unplug my hdd with OS on it now replacing its spot with the SSD booting from disk drive copying OS onto SSD, then plug old hdd with OS back in and reformat that hard drive which wipes it correct? Or do you suggest a better way of achieving what I need to?
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March 6, 2014 7:26:50 PM

ThOmAs McCoOy said:
Ok I will just do a fresh OS install then. Might be a somewhat dumb question but with my situation what would be the best way to do it? Just unplug my hdd with OS on it now replacing its spot with the SSD booting from disk drive copying OS onto SSD, then plug old hdd with OS back in and reformat that hard drive which wipes it correct? Or do you suggest a better way of achieving what I need to?


Any personal, critical data, save elsewhere first.

Have only the SSD connected
Boot from the DVD drive with the Windows install disk, and install
Once everything is running properly, connect the old HDD
Delete any and all partitions on that old HDD.
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March 6, 2014 7:31:24 PM

Ok great now I have another hdd (hooked up) that is for all my storage should I unplug that one too during this process? It does contain my back up info.thanks for being so patient and answering my questions.
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March 6, 2014 7:33:31 PM

ThOmAs McCoOy said:
Ok great now I have another hdd (hooked up) that is for all my storage should I unplug that one too during this process? It does contain my back up info.thanks for being so patient and answering my questions.


During the install, have only the target drive connected. Disconnect all the others.
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March 6, 2014 7:48:38 PM

Ok thanks so much anything that is installed on my storage hdd will it work still after I do the fresh OS install. I normally keep non important programs on it and personal documents while only keep OS and my games I play often on my main drive.
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