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June 14, 2014 8:00:45 PM

Hello,
I purchased a Samsung 840 Evo 250gb MZ-7TE250KW (Desktop Kit).

My rig specs are down below. I've had this rig for two years and want to replace my WD blue HDD with the samsung SSD. I want to install my OS and games onto the SSD, leave the 1tb for fraps recordings and repurpose the WD blue for random storage and old documents.

I really just have no idea how to install this bad boy. My plan is to pop open my case, unplug my WD blue and plug in my new SSD then boot up my comp. Once that happens I'm going to enter BIOS and change my boot order to my CD drive. Drop the windows 7 install disk in there and restart my comp?

When I'm going to instal windows 7 the key is going to be active so I'm going to need to call windows and get it reset (I know there is no guarantee they will give me a new key). After windows installs I should turn off indexing and page filing on the SSD?

I've done a bit of research into SSD setup and it seems like there is a lot of fine tuning that can be done. What would be 2-3 basic things you guys recommend? My SSD is not going to be a dedicated OS drive. There is going to be regular write activity on the drive (installing games/programs, etc).

Assuming this all goes to plan how do I completely reformat my WD blue to delete the OS partition and all the files on it?

Comp specs:
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Case
ASUS P8Z68-V LX
i5-3570k
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
GTX 560 TI Superclocked 1gb
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz 16GB (4 x 4GB)
WD Blue 250gb (7200 RPM, SATA III, 16 MB Cache) <---Currently has OS and Apps
WD Caviar Black 1tb (7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache)<---dedicated fraps drive
Rosewill Capstone 650w modular

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June 14, 2014 8:13:08 PM

Just plug it in and us the SSDs suit of software
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June 14, 2014 8:30:55 PM

@alpha3031
Thanks for replying. My WD blue is over two years old and is temperamental. Assuming windows releases my OS key, I've heard it is best to just do a refresh install on the SSD. I only have 3-4 games I want to install on the SSD, fraps and MS office so it won't take too long to do fresh installs.
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June 14, 2014 11:37:45 PM

No need to fresh install the OS onto the SSD. Use Samsung Magician software and copy/clone the contents of your current C: Drive to the SSD. Restart the PC. Go into BIOS. Make your SSD the first boot drive. Save eh changes and exit.

Windows will boot from the SSD. Hectic time of installing the os and loading the drivers is saved.

After you are done. Simply format the C drive on the HDD to make it available for the Data keeping.
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June 15, 2014 6:03:59 AM

@EasyLover

Can I use the magician software to only copy my windows partition and not the rest of my C drive?

I like the idea of a fresh install b/c my WD blue is pretty old and I don't want to copy over any virus', malware, corruptions, etc.

Are my drivers saved on the windows partition or in my C drive? Maybe I could copy them to a USB stick.
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June 15, 2014 6:06:52 AM

sunchip said:
@EasyLover

Can I use the magician software to only copy my windows partition and not the rest of my C drive?

I like the idea of a fresh install b/c my WD blue is pretty old and I don't want to copy over any virus', malware, corruptions, etc.

Are my drivers saved on the windows partition or in my C drive? Maybe I could copy them to a USB stick.


There is only one application I've seen that can move only the OS to a new drive.
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components...
Non-free

What SSD are you getting? A clean install on the new drive is the much preferred way ahead.
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June 15, 2014 7:07:32 AM

@USAFRet

Thanks for replying. The SSD is a Samsung 840 Evo 250gb (Desktop Kit so it comes with samsung magician software). If I do a fresh OS installation can I save my current drivers to a USB stick and copy them over?

I've read some people saying for fresh installs you need some sort of F6/"floppy" boot stick for your mobo to recognize the SSD. I believe it has drivers for your mobo but I am not sure. Any idea if this is true?

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June 15, 2014 7:32:24 AM

Get the drivers from the manufacturer(s) websites. You can't 'save' the existing ones. They need to install via whatever routine the manufacturer has built.
Save them to a USB stick or CD.

Generally, nothing should be needed for a fresh install other than a working install media and a working target disk.
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June 15, 2014 4:05:40 PM

@USAFRet

Sorry, so just to clarify… What drivers do I need to download to install the OS?

Can I install it without and drivers and then after then OS is installed go online and update all my drivers?

Thanks for your help. I'm a total n00b when it comes to this stuff.
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June 15, 2014 7:48:37 PM

sunchip said:
@EasyLover

Can I use the magician software to only copy my windows partition and not the rest of my C drive?

I like the idea of a fresh install b/c my WD blue is pretty old and I don't want to copy over any virus', malware, corruptions, etc.

Are my drivers saved on the windows partition or in my C drive? Maybe I could copy them to a USB stick.


Sorry for late reply, I was busy in playing Battlefield Hardline and then family time :) 

Windows is installed on C Drive. What is the size of your C: drive. If it is lowered than your SSD size then copy all contents of your C drive to the SSD and later delete the not desired content. Drivers are installed in C Drive under Windows folders, they will be copied as well during the cloning.

If you are into clean install, pl go ahead and install the windows on SSD. No issue there. Make sure you have drivers available so that you may install them after windows installation. You can copy your drivers in WD Blue drive for later installation.
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June 15, 2014 7:51:45 PM

sunchip said:
@USAFRet

Sorry, so just to clarify… What drivers do I need to download to install the OS?

Can I install it without and drivers and then after then OS is installed go online and update all my drivers?

Thanks for your help. I'm a total n00b when it comes to this stuff.


To install the OS, generally nothing. It will install, and use the basic set of drivers Windows knows abot. Video, etc.
For you specific hardware, get them (before you do this) from the manufacturers website.. Primarily the LAN driver for the motherboard. Once you have that up and running, you can get anything you did not get before.
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June 16, 2014 4:44:26 AM

Thanks for all the replies guys I feel a lot more confident going forward. I'm going to pop this bad boy in tonight after work and see how it goes. Do you think it is worth it to turn off indexing and page filing?
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June 16, 2014 7:12:20 AM

No, don't turn them off.
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