I recently purchased a gaming computer and was interested in a SSD. I purchased a 1tb HDD, but I have heard nothing but good things about the SSD and how much more effective it is. I didn't really wanna spend more than $200.00 on this as of now so I can't buy say a 240 gb SSD, but more like a 120 gb SSD. The question is though, can I still run my HDD for basic storage while using a SSD at the same time for the O/S and games? I'm only really interested in the benefits of gaming and the O/S. Also, is a 120 gb large enough for this or should I wait and buy a larger SSD? Thanks for the help.
Rig-I7 2700k o/c, amd 7770, 1tb HDD, ASUS z68 motherboard, and 16gb ram.
Do a clean install to the SSD (With the HDD disconnecte). There is a program to migrate your HDD -> SSD. Personally I prefer the Clean Instal - Do NOT have to sweat:
.. Is trim Inamble
.. Are the partions aligned
.. New uncludered registry.
Verify the Bios is set to AHCI, if not you need to change it to. There is a posibility that if it was set to IDE, You may not be able to boot to windows. You need to fix this on the HDD before procedding.
No problems booting to HDD with BIOS set to AHCI, then
Disconnect HDD, install SSD and set boot priority in Bios to the SSD
.. Once Windows 7 is installed on the SSD, windows 7 updates appled, Required drivers loaded and programs are install.
.. Test system, No BSODs and system is stable. Then,
.. Reconnect your HDD.
.. Using windows 7 Backup program create a system image of your SSD system. Put the image on your HDD (I also copy this image to an external USB drive)
- Reason. Should you at a latter date need to reinstall Windows 7 to the SSD, it's a 10->15 Min job. Just insert your Windows disk, select repair, repair from image. 10 Minutes later You are Back up and running. NO re-install windows, No re-download Win 7 updates, NO re-install drivers and software. The system is restored to exacty as it was when you created the Image.
You can now daul boot to Windows 7 on The SSD, or By hitting the Key during post that brings up the Boot menu you can boot to windows 7 that is on the HDD. Maybe a week or a month afterwards you SAY SSD working great, Then you can ditch the operating system on the HDD.
Did the computer come with a Windows 7 disk??
Do You have the Activation Key??
If you have the activation Key, Use any windows 7 Installtion disk. The Only cavet is you must use the Key that belongs to your Computer.
You can even barrow a installation disk - The RULE is you MUST use YOUR activation Key. The only problem is with using an Upgrade window 7 Disk, but there is a work around for that.
I purchased the machine from ibuypower and it has been my understanding that it would come preloaded on the computer. I am not sure if it comes with a key or not....but the machine currently only has a hdd as its primary drive. So down the road if I added an ssd the o/s could def be transferred. sorry for all the questions, this is my first gaming computer....I'm used to "out of the box" desktops lol.
(1) The Manuf is required to provide you the Lic key, normally stuck on the Case.
@ WyomingKnott: It is the Key that is tied to the Computer, since provided by a vender it is a OEM lic. As such he is not allowed to upgrade the MB/CPU (Cpu questionable, but MS has emphased NO upgrade on MB) I highly doubt that adding a SSD to the system would violate the Lic. A clean install vs clonning would be NO difference in legal terms. I really try NOT to provide help to circumvent legal issues.