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How to properly install SSD

So I have recently ordered a 250gb Samsung EVO SSD.

Does anyone have any helpful tips or links that they could send me to help me set-up my new SSD. I want to format my old HDD I have at the moment and make the new SSD my main drive for OS and programs and have the old HDD for DATA and games.

I would love to know all the ins and outs, as I have heard you have to disable disk fragmentation and other stuff etc, any help is great.

Thanks.
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  1. If you want the best performance from the new SSD and learn some helpful tweaks to keep it from writing itself to an early death, check out this Win7 installation tutorial for new SSDs: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
    (be sure to click open the links as you read)

    There's also a link to the same tutorial for Win8 users.
  2. You have the right idea - depending on the space you have in your current C: drive (HDD) you will use the Acronos software that samsung sends out - and clone your C: drive. If you have more than 250GB on your HDD - you will need to move some data off.

    Once done - you will shut down - unplug your HDD and test the works. You should be booting from your SSD.

    Shut down - Plug in your HDD - power on and go to BIOS - set boot priority to SSD.

    Now you can re-format your HDD and use it for storage.
  3. avarice said:
    You have the right idea - depending on the space you have in your current C: drive (HDD) you will use the Acronos software that samsung sends out - and clone your C: drive. If you have more than 250GB on your HDD - you will need to move some data off.

    Once done - you will shut down - unplug your HDD and test the works. You should be booting from your SSD.

    Shut down - Plug in your HDD - power on and go to BIOS - set boot priority to SSD.

    Now you can re-format your HDD and use it for storage.


    What do you mean by clone my disk? I figured it would just be better to start a fresh, I have way too much stuff to be able to put on my 250gb SSD.
  4. lukegadeke said:
    avarice said:
    You have the right idea - depending on the space you have in your current C: drive (HDD) you will use the Acronos software that samsung sends out - and clone your C: drive. If you have more than 250GB on your HDD - you will need to move some data off.

    Once done - you will shut down - unplug your HDD and test the works. You should be booting from your SSD.

    Shut down - Plug in your HDD - power on and go to BIOS - set boot priority to SSD.

    Now you can re-format your HDD and use it for storage.


    What do you mean by clone my disk? I figured it would just be better to start a fresh, I have way too much stuff to be able to put on my 250gb SSD.


    Yes, a fresh install on the new SSD is the best option going forward.
  5. Ok from what I know this is how to do it (please correct my mistakes)

    1. Install SSD and remove HDD
    2. Boot windows 7 and install to SSD
    3. Shut down and install HDD
    4. Enter BIOS and prioritise boot for SSD
    5. restart PC.

    from here I don't know what to do as the HDD would need to be formatted and i'm not too sure on how to do that.
    Also once I have disabled disk fragmentation is there anything else I need to do?

    I'm trying to dumb it down for myself as that link I just saw that 'clutchc' just posted confused me lol.
  6. Best answer
    Step 2a: Allow Windows to do all its updates

    You can delete all from the HDD from within Disk Management. Select each partition, delete.
    Make one large active partition, format the whole drive, and give it a drive letter.

    Depending on the size of your SSD, you may want to have some things not live on it. See these:
    Win 7 & 8: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirecting-static-files.html
    Win 8.1: http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2024314/windows-redirecting-folders-drives.html
  7. Thank you all very much for the help, I hope you don't mind if I ask some more questions closer to the time of installing my SSD (hoping for it to be delivered soon).

    Just one more question for now:

    is there a way to move things (mainly games as I know you can do it with pictures/videos etc) back and forth from HDD to SSD to HDD to SSD etc.
    This being because playing BF4 on my HDD it takes absolutely ages to load a map and I have heard that a SSD fixes this massively however when I'm done playing it for a while or get bored of it, I would love to move it back to the HDD to free up the space on the SSD for maybe another game that I am currently playing. Hope you know what I mean! :)

    Thanks.
  8. lukegadeke said:
    Thank you all very much for the help, I hope you don't mind if I ask some more questions closer to the time of installing my SSD (hoping for it to be delivered soon).

    Just one more question for now:

    is there a way to move things (mainly games as I know you can do it with pictures/videos etc) back and forth from HDD to SSD to HDD to SSD etc.
    This being because playing BF4 on my HDD it takes absolutely ages to load a map and I have heard that a SSD fixes this massively however when I'm done playing it for a while or get bored of it, I would love to move it back to the HDD to free up the space on the SSD for maybe another game that I am currently playing. Hope you know what I mean! :)

    Thanks.


    With Steam games, you absolutely can move them back and forth.
    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129

    What size SSD are you considering?
  9. I have ordered a 250gb SSD.

    Thanks for the link however the 2 main games I was thinking of was Elder Scrolls Online and Battlefield 4.
    BF4 being and Origin game and I don't know about the other.
  10. lukegadeke said:
    I have ordered a 250gb SSD.

    Thanks for the link however the 2 main games I was thinking of was Elder Scrolls Online and Battlefield 4.
    BF4 being and Origin game and I don't know about the other.


    Although I've never done it, I believe Origin games can be moved to another drive as well.
  11. Thank you, I guess I can look that up closer to the time.
    Is it cool to leave this open once I have installed the SSD and everything's fine or should I close this, pick a solution and if I so need to, open another post later?
  12. lukegadeke said:
    Thank you, I guess I can look that up closer to the time.
    Is it cool to leave this open once I have installed the SSD and everything's fine or should I close this, pick a solution and if I so need to, open another post later?


    Either way.
    Opening a new one when/if you have a specific issue is probably better.
  13. lukegadeke said:
    avarice said:
    You have the right idea - depending on the space you have in your current C: drive (HDD) you will use the Acronos software that samsung sends out - and clone your C: drive. If you have more than 250GB on your HDD - you will need to move some data off.

    Once done - you will shut down - unplug your HDD and test the works. You should be booting from your SSD.

    Shut down - Plug in your HDD - power on and go to BIOS - set boot priority to SSD.

    Now you can re-format your HDD and use it for storage.


    What do you mean by clone my disk? I figured it would just be better to start a fresh, I have way too much stuff to be able to put on my 250gb SSD.



    Dude - Try explaining the situation and desired outcome first before excoriating someone who is simply trying to help. Nowhere did you indicate that this was your goal or desire - I am assuming you have things set up as you wish - and simply want to replace the old HDD with the new SSD then format the HDD for storage.
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