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re-install onto ssd help

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  • Crucial
  • Windows 7
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March 11, 2014 9:43:20 AM

Today I will be buying my first SSD. Its a crucial 240 gb one. I have no idea about partitions and how any of that works. Im a complete noob when it comes to drives and how they work. Can anyone point me to a guide, or tell me themselves, how to do a clean install of windows onto the SSD. I dont care if I have to format, delete everything or what not. Ive heard of cloaning but it sounds so complecated to me. If its the only way to do that however then I would need someone that would be willing to help! Please inform me with simple words of what to do! :??: 

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a b $ Windows 7
March 11, 2014 9:49:04 AM

Normally most ssd's come with a "migration utility" Just follow its prompts. You will need to pare down the existing drive to under 80% of the SSD's size first... Uninstall, delete and firstly backup your system.

Another option is to use a Cloning software like EASUS ToDoBackup (free), it allows you to either directly clone an existing drive or image it them write that image later to another drive.

Before all that you need to determine if your system is accessing the drives via AHCI, if it is set to IDE, you should do a complete new install of the OS and then copy back your data files.
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March 11, 2014 1:18:33 PM

corroded said:
Normally most ssd's come with a "migration utility" Just follow its prompts. You will need to pare down the existing drive to under 80% of the SSD's size first... Uninstall, delete and firstly backup your system.

Another option is to use a Cloning software like EASUS ToDoBackup (free), it allows you to either directly clone an existing drive or image it them write that image later to another drive.

Before all that you need to determine if your system is accessing the drives via AHCI, if it is set to IDE, you should do a complete new install of the OS and then copy back your data files.


So I should check the bios right now to make sure its set to AHCI and if it is all i would have to do is delete everything that i dont want on the SSD and then when I get my SSD just clone the files over and then what?
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a b $ Windows 7
March 11, 2014 5:18:48 PM

close... if already AHCI, then UNINSTALL applications (Games take up Gig's of space)...

Get Ccleaner and clean up the drives temp files and registry...

Get ToDoBackup Free and make a backup image of the whole boot drive, not just C: (there are at least 2 hidden partitions that need to be part of the backup image. Write it to an external HD. Also copy the installer for ToDoBackup to the same folder...

Copy off files (from Run enter %userprofile% and press Enter) make copies of your Documents, Downloads, Photos, Music... The folders that have your stuff in them. Write to an external HD.

NOW Delete the contents of the folders you just copied... Run Ccleaner again.

Check space.. are you under 80% of the SSD's capacity? If yes, power down, plug the SSD into a different SATA port and power it, start the system, open ToDoBackup and Clone the boot drive to the SSD. I also suggest unplugging the Network cable or disabling the WiFi and NOT touching the system during the Cloning process.

Once complete, you should be able to go onto Explorer and see all the matching stuff to the current C:.

Restart, going into the BIOS and change the HDD boot priority to the SSD power up.... Did it work?

If it worked I strongly suggest reformatting the old boot drive, then create a "User Folder" add folders for Document, Downloads, ... ETC and then goto %userprofile% and right click/proprieties on the Documents... goto Location tab and Move to new drive...

Go it?
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March 11, 2014 7:23:44 PM

corroded said:
close... if already AHCI, then UNINSTALL applications (Games take up Gig's of space)...

Get Ccleaner and clean up the drives temp files and registry...

Get ToDoBackup Free and make a backup image of the whole boot drive, not just C: (there are at least 2 hidden partitions that need to be part of the backup image. Write it to an external HD. Also copy the installer for ToDoBackup to the same folder...

Copy off files (from Run enter %userprofile% and press Enter) make copies of your Documents, Downloads, Photos, Music... The folders that have your stuff in them. Write to an external HD.

NOW Delete the contents of the folders you just copied... Run Ccleaner again.

Check space.. are you under 80% of the SSD's capacity? If yes, power down, plug the SSD into a different SATA port and power it, start the system, open ToDoBackup and Clone the boot drive to the SSD. I also suggest unplugging the Network cable or disabling the WiFi and NOT touching the system during the Cloning process.

Once complete, you should be able to go onto Explorer and see all the matching stuff to the current C:.

Restart, going into the BIOS and change the HDD boot priority to the SSD power up.... Did it work?

If it worked I strongly suggest reformatting the old boot drive, then create a "User Folder" add folders for Document, Downloads, ... ETC and then goto %userprofile% and right click/proprieties on the Documents... goto Location tab and Move to new drive...

Go it?


My boot mode is in IDE mode. So I know that means if i changed it I would get constant crashes right? So now what will I need to do? Do a clean install of the OS? If I have to completely reformat that's fine honestly, my computer needs it anyways. How would I do a fresh and new install of windows? I have my old windows 7 disk if that matters.
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