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HDD to SSD Cloning or Fresh Win 7 install on SSD?

Hi Guys,
Can anybody give an explanation or guide on which is a better way of setting up an SSD to a PC?
Option 1: HDD to SSD cloning?
Option 2: Fresh Win 7 Install on SSD?

I just recently read an article about Win 7 Fresh install on SSD, stating that it has to enable the SATA configuration to AHCI in the BIOS and enable AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) configuration on Win 7 after installation.

Another Question Please bear with me: Which is better in performance, IDE(Integrated Drive Electronics) or AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface)?

Thanks!
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  1. ACHI is better and I would do the fresh install.
  2. rolli59 said:
    ACHI is better and I would do the fresh install.



    So can you give me the proper steps in installing Fresh Win 7 on the SSD, Please .
  3. rolli59 said:
    ACHI is better and I would do the fresh install.



    How will you enable the AHCI setting in Win 7 environment?
  4. You set ACHI in BIOS! I would only do cloning with no installation media. Installation is just like with a regular HDD here are some useful guides on tweaking afterwards http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/270102-14-useful-articles-part
  5. If you don’t want to reinstall your program, driver, or other applications, you could migrate your system partition to SSD from HDD.
    About the detail operation you could refer to this article:
    Upgrade hard drive to another HDD

    But if you want to use AHCI (maybe you want to use the NCQ mode) you need to install a fresh Windows 7 on SSD.

    Please note, if you use AHCI you need to install the SATA driver during installing the OS.

    No matter which method you select, I suggest you’d better only use the SSD for system, and formatted your old HDD drive as a data drive. This could make both system performance and data storage better.
    Hope this could help you.
  6. quesionboy said:
    If you don’t want to reinstall your program, driver, or other applications, you could migrate your system partition to SSD from HDD.
    About the detail operation you could refer to this article:
    Upgrade hard drive to another HDD

    But if you want to use AHCI (maybe you want to use the NCQ mode) you need to install a fresh Windows 7 on SSD.

    Please note, if you use AHCI you need to install the SATA driver during installing the OS.

    No matter which method you select, I suggest you’d better only use the SSD for system, and formatted your old HDD drive as a data drive. This could make both system performance and data storage better.
    Hope this could help you.


    Yeah I always do that. After I installed Win 7, I will install all the drivers in a CD that came with the MOBO when I bought it right?
  7. aqe040466 said:
    Yeah I always do that. After I installed Win 7, I will install all the drivers in a CD that came with the MOBO when I bought it right?

    Yes that is right.
  8. Best answer
    In general, Solid State Drives perform very well within a Windows 7 environment. There is also a great MSDN blog post discussing the Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives that may prove beneficial. Typically speaking and as other members of this forum have stated, AHCI configuration in addition to a clean or custom install is favored and recommended over a clone. As far as a clean, or custom installation is concerned, I recommend you see Installing and reinstalling Windows for a good step-by-step outline.

    In addition to the blog post above, Microsoft has a Microsoft PowerPoint deck detailing the Windows 7 Enhancements for Solid-State Drives that you may also find interesting as you prepare for your migration.

    Jessica
    Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro
  9. winoutreach5 said:
    In general, Solid State Drives perform very well within a Windows 7 environment. There is also a great MSDN blog post discussing the Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives that may prove beneficial. Typically speaking and as other members of this forum have stated, AHCI configuration in addition to a clean or custom install is favored and recommended over a clone. As far as a clean, or custom installation is concerned, I recommend you see Installing and reinstalling Windows for a good step-by-step outline.

    In addition to the blog post above, Microsoft has a Microsoft PowerPoint deck detailing the Windows 7 Enhancements for Solid-State Drives that you may also find interesting as you prepare for your migration.

    Jessica
    Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro



    Thanks for the important info.
  10. Best answer selected by aqe040466.
  11. aqe040466 said:
    Best answer selected by aqe040466.

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    nYou are very welcome. I'm happy to help.
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