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Just installed an SSD, what do i do with my HDD?

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August 19, 2012 10:34:41 PM

I just installed a Crucial M4 SSD and put everything from my old HDD to the SSD (about 100gbs on the 128gb SSD). I am wondering what i should do with the hard drive which has the same files as the SSD. I don't need the files on the hard drive because they copied onto the SSD. Can i simply delete all the files or do i need to back them up? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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August 19, 2012 10:49:43 PM

Um... you should only install the OS/applications/games to the SSD :/ 

media files and other "storage" stuff can be on the HDD since they don't really benefit from the increased speed of the SSD...

Unless you're working with huge files in some editing program... then those are worth putting on the SSD...

And why don't you just keep the HDD in the computer (if it's a desktop) or buy a external enclosure and have it as a external hard drive?
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August 19, 2012 10:55:26 PM

eggmasher said:
I just installed a Crucial M4 SSD and put everything from my old HDD to the SSD (about 100gbs on the 128gb SSD). I am wondering what i should do with the hard drive which has the same files as the SSD. I don't need the files on the hard drive because they copied onto the SSD. Can i simply delete all the files or do i need to back them up? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


I'd delete all the HDD file you just to transfered to SSD then create a backup system image(using Control Panel->System and Security->Backup and Restore) on your HDD, this way you get on SSD everything backed up on your HDD and in case your SSD breaks down you can easily buy another one and restore using the system image.
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August 19, 2012 10:59:02 PM

I have a 500gb external hard drive that i use for a system image, is this the same thing?

@killer, how do i know which files to keep on the SSD and which to keep on the HDD?
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August 19, 2012 11:52:38 PM

eggmasher said:
I have a 500gb external hard drive that i use for a system image, is this the same thing?

@killer, how do i know which files to keep on the SSD and which to keep on the HDD?


Yeah, that would be the same thing, it always helps to have multiple system image in different drives, as you never know what would happen to me. I traveled with my external once and apparently the airport security disassembled it and didn't put it back right, boom goes my 1TB :(  .
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