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August 16, 2010 6:23:47 PM

if you built a pc and put the OS on a hard drive or ssd, would it be possible, down the road, to get a better ssd and transfer the OS without losing everything?

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August 16, 2010 6:33:29 PM

Windows7 makes a drive image when you backup, so at least on that os, yes you can, not sure about vista or xp though sorry
Moto
August 16, 2010 6:40:48 PM

im trying to decide whether i want to add an ssd to my upcoming build, or save $$ and buy a larger one later. for hdd im thinking spinpoint f3. and id be running win7
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August 16, 2010 6:50:37 PM

Depending on how picky you want to get on the current build,
I'd say make a shiny build now and put money into the Mobo,chip and gfx that are going to be upgrade-friendly for a while, then add ssd later, but you dont have to take my opinion hehe :) 
Moto
August 16, 2010 7:00:20 PM

my build:
cm 690 II advanced
corsair hx850
P6X58D-E
i7 950
XFX HD-587X-ZNDC Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) XXX Edition
mushkin redline 6GB 1600 RAM
spinpoint f3 1TB
lite on x24 dvd writer
asus PCE-N13 wireless adapter

windows 7 professional

the ssd im looking at now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

do i add this now, or can i get a larger one in the future and move the OS from the f3?
August 16, 2010 7:03:36 PM

Don't get that SSD now. I'd suggest waiting until you can afford a larger & better SSD.
August 16, 2010 7:06:44 PM

ok, so i could move the OS when I got the new drive?

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August 16, 2010 7:24:26 PM
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hehe I went for a smoke and Cold beat me to a response :) 
this link might help you a bit, you would just install windows using the recovery disk you create,
http://www.intowindows.com/using-windows-7-image-backup...
Moto
August 16, 2010 7:27:33 PM

And I wont lose all my files, right?
August 16, 2010 7:32:34 PM

Nope, thats the whole idea of a backup, the only drive you cannot backup is the one you are backing up to, no problem though as you just create the backup on a external or spare drive, then creat your bootable cd and keep it safe :) 
Moto
August 16, 2010 7:33:11 PM

Best answer selected by rainvie1.
August 16, 2010 7:33:56 PM

thanks! think ill spend some of the cash on an aftermarket cooler...
August 16, 2010 7:34:11 PM

Thank you for B.a. man,
Cooler is a good plan if your going to be clocking,
shout up if you get any problems with the build and we'll do what we can :) 
Moto
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