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April 10, 2012 2:11:05 AM

Is this possible? I will be buying a SSD in the future and I read something about having to transfer an image of the whole HD over to the SSD, so I assume it's easier to partition the HD and install Windows to the partition for future transfer to a SSD?

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a c 130 G Storage
April 10, 2012 1:56:31 PM

You have to have a partition on a drive before you can install Windows on it, crate a partition, format it with a file system, install the OS.
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April 10, 2012 2:09:25 PM

How do I do that, in the BIOS once I boot up the PC for the first time?
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April 10, 2012 2:14:33 PM

No, when you start the Windows setup, it will ask where you want to install it, if you want to create a partition, how large, then if you want to format it.
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April 10, 2012 4:02:42 PM

Ah great, I guess it's been so long since I've installed Windows that I forgot it does that, I think a partition of 100gb is sufficient? NFTS is what I want to format it (and the other partition) to, correct?
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a c 386 G Storage
April 10, 2012 5:07:59 PM

It's not a good idea to clone a hard drive to an SSD. Do the windows install directly on the SSD. Also, in order to make life easier down the road, make sure the SSD is the only attached drive when installing the OS. You can attach the rest of the drives after installing windows. This will guarantee that the boot loader and the OS end up on the same drive.
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a c 99 G Storage
April 10, 2012 5:25:28 PM

^+1 AGREE!
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April 10, 2012 6:34:51 PM

Install Windows on the HD with the entire drive used as the partition. When you get the SSD, install a clean copy of Windows on it. Next, just delete the Windows folder from the old HD, and use it for data storage.
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April 10, 2012 8:25:31 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
It's not a good idea to clone a hard drive to an SSD. Do the windows install directly on the SSD. Also, in order to make life easier down the road, make sure the SSD is the only attached drive when installing the OS. You can attach the rest of the drives after installing windows. This will guarantee that the boot loader and the OS end up on the same drive.


I read somewhere that's the way to do it.. anyway, I guess you are right

PaulR08 said:
Install Windows on the HD with the entire drive used as the partition. When you get the SSD, install a clean copy of Windows on it. Next, just delete the Windows folder from the old HD, and use it for data storage.


Sounds like a plan!

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April 10, 2012 8:25:41 PM

Best answer selected by modbus.
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a c 125 G Storage
April 10, 2012 9:22:33 PM

Make ya life easy.....

1. Install Windows to the same size partition as your intended SSD.

2. Create Programs, Games, Data and Backup or whatever partitions to your liking. Install ya stuff.

3. When SSD arrives, unplug HD and install windows to SSD.

4. Reinstall ya programs and games over themselves to set up registry on SSD .... all customizations will be retained.

You now have two fully functional windows installations. If SSD ever craps out you can boot of HD installation and have full access to your data. Image backups of SSD oin backups partition can be restored in a few clicks.
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