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June 15, 2012 9:16:58 PM

These are the steps I am going to take to transfer the files over please tell me if I am doing this correctly.

1. Before even plugging in the new SSD I will change to AHCI. (I found a guide on these forums)
2. Plug in the SSD to my motherboard and upgrade to the latest firmware using Corsairs firmware update tool.
3. Unplug the SSD from my motherboard and plug it in using the Apricorn SATA to USB adapter and run EZ GIG and transfer everything over.

Please tell me if I am doing this correctly.. thanks!

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June 15, 2012 9:40:19 PM

It is advisable to do a clean install of the OS on the SSD with other hard drives disconnected from the computer.
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June 15, 2012 10:43:29 PM

rolli59 said:
It is advisable to do a clean install of the OS on the SSD with other hard drives disconnected from the computer.

How do I do that?
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June 15, 2012 10:52:12 PM

Start up from your optical drive with win media in it and the SSD as the only storage drive in the computer. Then afterwards you can retrieve all your important DATA and then wipe the old OS disk and reinstall all your programs in what ever location you want them.
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June 15, 2012 11:13:09 PM

rolli59 said:
Start up from your optical drive with win media in it and the SSD as the only storage drive in the computer. Then afterwards you can retrieve all your important DATA and then wipe the old OS disk and reinstall all your programs in what ever location you want them.

Wouldn't I need to put in the product key again?
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June 15, 2012 11:18:05 PM

Yes but if you have the same motherboard that is not a problem.
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June 15, 2012 11:27:01 PM

rolli59 said:
Yes but if you have the same motherboard that is not a problem.

Thank you so much, One more question... what are the pros of doing a complete re instillation of windows 7?
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June 15, 2012 11:42:09 PM

1. Unplug data cable on ya HD
2. Connect SSD to SATA 0 port
3. Check BIOS to make sure AHCI (should do that automatically)
4. Install Windoze to SSD
5. Run Windows Update till it stops finding new crap to install
6. Install hardware drivers, reboot
.....meal break :) 
7. Shut down and reconnect data cable of HD to SATA 1
8. Boot to SSD
9. Reinstall program over themselves....that is install to D:\[whatever] to set up registry on C:\ [SSD]


Bow you have the old windows install still on the HD. You can boot off the SSD (C:\) for everyday use but if ya HD (D:\ Under the SSD boot) will still boot windows if SSD craps out.....just chnage boot order in BIOS.
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June 15, 2012 11:51:50 PM

coper210 said:
Thank you so much, One more question... what are the pros of doing a complete re instillation of windows 7?

It gives you a new clean optimized install that is free of all built up crap then use this to tweak it http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/...
Jacks recommendation above are good.
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June 16, 2012 12:51:05 AM

+1^^^

I agree, you'll much less headaches from just migrating/cloning your Windows 7 onto an SSD.
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June 16, 2012 12:52:10 AM

rolli59 said:
It gives you a new clean optimized install that is free of all built up crap then use this to tweak it http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/...
Jacks recommendation above are good.

Thanks for the help... the only problem now is that I can't seem to find my windows 7 CD... damnit... Ill just transfer everything over using the Apricorn sata to usb adapter and the software that it comes with, I do not have a lot of stuff on my computer mostly games and my computer is completely clean so I do not think that a clean install is necessary.
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June 16, 2012 12:52:19 AM

Best answer selected by coper210.
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