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November 1, 2012 4:27:05 PM

Basically i want to get a SSD to replace my HDD. Seeing that SSD have a great effect of a pc regardless of it usage. I want to put all data from the HDD to the SSD. Hoping it would give my pc a speed up.

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November 1, 2012 4:33:36 PM

Google Free Macrium Reflect, download and install, very easy to use and will clone your hard drive, once done, set the SSD to boot drive and thats it. There are other programs that can do this too but I found this to be the easiest and free.
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November 1, 2012 4:53:20 PM

How is your HDD set up, does it have a "C" drive that has the OS + Programs and a "D" drive for all your genrated data/files. Or is it just one big AS* drive C.

If One partition, drive C then hat is the size and what is your "Used space".
Typically HDDs are 500 or greater Gigs. Most common size for SSDs is only 128 Gigs (around $100); However "Quality" 256 gig SSD can be found on sale for around $150->$180.

I always recommend doing a clean install when going from a HDD->SSD, Only if not practible to do a Migration (Cloning is not recommended as this is a sector-by-sector copy).

PS: EasyUS is also a good "Freebee" program to do a migration, if that is the route you take.
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November 1, 2012 5:14:34 PM

RetiredChief said:
How is your HDD set up, does it have a "C" drive that has the OS + Programs and a "D" drive for all your genrated data/files. Or is it just one big AS* drive C.

If One partition, drive C then hat is the size and what is your "Used space".
Typically HDDs are 500 or greater Gigs. Most common size for SSDs is only 128 Gigs (around $100); However "Quality" 256 gig SSD can be found on sale for around $150->$180.

I always recommend doing a clean install when going from a HDD->SSD, Only if not practible to do a Migration (Cloning is not recommended as this is a sector-by-sector copy).

PS: EasyUS is also a good "Freebee" program to do a migration, if that is the route you take.

OS and program all jammed up in "C" HDD. I don't actually have a SSD yet, but planning to. I just want to know the methods to migrate my OS and Programs to the SSD. So far my used space is 371 gb out of 465 (500gb) HDD.
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November 1, 2012 6:03:23 PM

Typically Windows 7 + typical programs take around 35 Gigs, so add to that installed games to determine size required. NOTE this is with some space saving tweaks.
one think you need to factor in is: (A) Just like HDDs real space is less than advertized. A 128 gig is 119 gigs formated. (B) must leave at least 15% of SSD unused. This is so that Garbage collection, wear leveling and Trim can work their magic. ELSE you take a chance of considerable slow down or extreme case clobbering the SSD.

The two programs that I've used are EasyUS and EZ-Gig-II (Now -IV). Ez Gig is about $20 for the Sata->USB cable. But is well worth it, I got mine free with one of my SSDs. The program used must allow for resizing the partition and allow for selecting which programs/data to migrate. A 500+ SSD runds 400+ bucks.
I STILL recommend a clean install over the Migration!

Space saving tweaks:
1) Disable hibernation. This save an amount of SSD space equal to the size of ram installed. IE if 8 gigs of ram, save upto 8 gigs SSD space.
2) Manage your virtual Memory (also called page file and swap file). Windos normally alocates 1.5 X Ram, so for 8 gigs of ram that takes 12 Gigs of space. I normally set Min and max to 1024 mbs (! gig) so saves 11 gigs.
3) I disable restore points (alternative is to limit amount of space thay can take, ie 1 gig). Windows requires 300 mb per restor points, just 10 restore points will equal 3 gigs.
Just these three tweaks can save upto about 21 gigs for a system that has 8 gigs of memory installed. If like me, I have 16 gigs ram so saves considerably more.
These are very simple to do and instructions are very easy to follow, just google ie " manage page file" or "disable hibernation" or "disable (or manage) restore points.

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November 1, 2012 6:18:21 PM

i'll keep your space saving tweaks in mind. I'm only using SSD for OS only. The HDD is for storage.
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