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Installing and setting up new SSD

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August 18, 2012 11:08:46 PM

I am looking to get a 120g SSD pretty soon and have a few questions on installing it and setting it up properly the first time.
My motherboard is a GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Link to it....

I am up for suggestions on the SSD but I am looking at this one.. Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Link...

When I get ready to install the OS on the SSD I want to install it using Audit mode so I can move the User folders to my old HDD so I wont fill up the SSD to quick. I plan on using this tutorial for this..

So my questions are:
Does it matter where I plug the SSD into my MB at? Should I unplug the HDD and put the SSD in its place and install the HDD into a diffent port?

Do I need to format the HDD before installing the OS since I will be moving the User folders during the installation?

Most of the post I have read on installing windows on a SSD says that you should unplug the HDD while installing it but it looks like I will need to have both drives pluged in in order to let windows move the user folders to the HDD.

What do you think of the corsair SSD I linked? Will it pair well with my MB or do you suggest a different SSD?

Sorry for all the questions but I have never used more than one HD before and I want to make sure I get it done right.

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August 18, 2012 11:15:37 PM

Unplug the HDD during the install. Once the install is complete then you can plug in the HDD and configure you user directory.
August 19, 2012 2:18:44 AM

Be sure to plug the SSD into the 6 GB/s ports. I checked your motherboard, they're the white ports.
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August 19, 2012 11:37:33 AM

Kiiro Neko said:
Be sure to plug the SSD into the 6 GB/s ports. I checked your motherboard, they're the white ports.

Thanks for that info. I wasn't sure if the ports made any difference or not.
August 19, 2012 11:43:04 AM

For hard disks, ports (sata iii or ii) do not make a difference. But they make a substantial difference for ssd, so much so that SATA iii OR 6 gb/s port is essential to get the SSD to perform at rated speeds.

Although you can clone your existing OS on HDD to SSD, a new install is far better. Plus, SSDs install everything faster. Be sure to read tweaks at tom hardware or ssd review.