So I've finally gone and bought a 128gb crucial m4. Currently everything is installed on a 1tb caviar black hdd.
Normally, I'd just do a fresh install of windows on the ssd and go from there. However, I'm boarding at a friends house and his bandwidth limit is tiny, so to re-download all my games and programs would far exceed his limit.
I'm not exactly sure if this is the best way to change boot drives without re-installing windows but here's what i think i'd try.
-uninstall all programs i don't need on the ssd. -move/delete all data stored in various places (desktops, documents, etc) -once the hdd contains only the stuff i want on the ssd, i make an image and copy it over.
Does this make sense? Are there more elegant ways to do this?
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There are ways to do what you want to do. One recommendation I was given was to shrink the partition to 90GB or so on your 1TB drive, make a windows backup, then use the windows install disk to restore the backup on your M4 and expand the partition to the full 120GB (or so).
However I have also been warned that any such process that copies an HDD install to an SSD is a bad idea. When windows installs fresh it knows that you're using an SSD and it adjusts some settings appropriately - like enabling TRIM.
I understand your conundrum, but I don't think anything is going to be as good as a fresh install.