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November 14, 2012 12:59:03 AM

I am thinking of buying a 64GB SATAII SSD as a boot drive while Keeping all my games and documents installed on the 7200RPM 750GB HDD.

What are the steps to moving just Windows 7 to the SSD to boot and run from while keeping all my games on the HDD?

Thank you.

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a b G Storage
November 14, 2012 1:12:00 AM

Don't do that. You'll mess up the SSD and things will get wonky - migration is never a good idea.

1) Unplug your hard drive.
2) Plug in the SSD
3) Install windows as normal
4) Boot, install updates
5) Reconnect hard drive, format after backing up data
6) Reinstall games, always selecting "custom" install and directing them to the hard drive.
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a b G Storage
November 14, 2012 1:12:31 AM

You are pretty limited as most games, if not all, would have to be reinstalled.

You would install Windows 7 to the SSD and then install the games to your HDD by manually pointing the installation programs to the HDD.
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a b G Storage
November 14, 2012 1:15:59 AM

You should go for a little more space, it won't break the bank.

Samsung makes reliable SSD:
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-sata_6_0_gb-2...

Do as DarkSable above has mentioned basically too:



DarkSable said:
Don't do that. You'll mess up the SSD and things will get wonky - migration is never a good idea.

1) Unplug your hard drive.
2) Plug in the SSD
3) Install windows as normal
4) Boot, install updates
5) Reconnect hard drive, format after backing up data
6) Reinstall games, always selecting "custom" install and directing them to the hard drive.



Here is some useful information too in regards to SSD:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270102-32-useful-arti...
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November 14, 2012 1:27:45 AM

DarkSable said:
Don't do that. You'll mess up the SSD and things will get wonky - migration is never a good idea.

1) Unplug your hard drive.
2) Plug in the SSD
3) Install windows as normal
4) Boot, install updates
5) Reconnect hard drive, format after backing up data
6) Reinstall games, always selecting "custom" install and directing them to the hard drive.


I don't mind installing all my games again actually, But My PC came with Win 7 already installed so I don't have a retail copy of windows. Is there a way to make a disc of windows to install to the SSD?
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November 14, 2012 1:34:50 AM

Current system specs: ( This is a stock PC that I upgraded)


Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit X86
AMD Athlon ii x4 630 @ 2.8GHz
4x2GB (8GB total) DDR3 SDRAM 10600 @ 1333MHz
Foxconn 2A92 MOBO
Radeon 6570 1GB DDR3
750 GB 3.5'' HDD 7200 RPM
Antec EarthWatts 380W PSU
26'' LCD Plug and Play TV/Monitor (1360x768 native)
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a b G Storage
November 14, 2012 1:36:39 AM

jkobusinski said:
I don't mind installing all my games again actually, But My PC came with Win 7 already installed so I don't have a retail copy of windows. Is there a way to make a disc of windows to install to the SSD?



You can try contacting the PC manufacture for an install disk, using another persons Windows DVD(with your key), or buy Windows 8 for 40 dollars from the Microsoft Store and create a USB or DVD installer.


Do you use Steam for your games? I would assume so, I can't imagine a PC gamer not using Steam.

For steam do this: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=771...

You can run steam and games on storage drive, games don't need a SSD that much; you will need to verify the games already downloaded once you start it off the storage drive.

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November 14, 2012 1:52:33 AM

jkobusinski said:
I don't mind installing all my games again actually, But My PC came with Win 7 already installed so I don't have a retail copy of windows. Is there a way to make a disc of windows to install to the SSD?



Most PC makers include an application to make a backup set for installation disks/ or a disk image, which usually also makes a Windows install disk.
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November 15, 2012 12:46:30 AM

Best answer selected by jkobusinski.
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November 15, 2012 1:05:06 AM

edogawa said:
You can try contacting the PC manufacture for an install disk, using another persons Windows DVD(with your key), or buy Windows 8 for 40 dollars from the Microsoft Store and create a USB or DVD installer.


Do you use Steam for your games? I would assume so, I can't imagine a PC gamer not using Steam.

For steam do this: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=771...

You can run steam and games on storage drive, games don't need a SSD that much; you will need to verify the games already downloaded once you start it off the storage drive.


I found my Win 7 product key. On a sticker on the side of my case, lol. Now that I have that, All I need is an install disc to install win 7 to the SSD right?
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a b G Storage
November 15, 2012 11:34:08 PM

jkobusinski said:
I found my Win 7 product key. On a sticker on the side of my case, lol. Now that I have that, All I need is an install disc to install win 7 to the SSD right?


Correct.
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