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Transferring data from HDD to SSD

So I just got my SSD in the mail but sadly my dad ( who recommended it and was going to help me install it ) isn't going to be home for the holidays. I wanna give it a shot myself though, though it'll be my first time Do you guys have a walkthrough or some advice for transferring my data from my hard drive my 840 Pro SSD?

Also can I keep the hard drive in my computer for additional storage?
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  1. Do you have a Windows install DVD? I ask because the best setup is to do a clean installation of Windows on the SSD with the HDD disconnected.

    If you don't because it is an branded computer then you can attempt to clone the HDD to the SSD if the amount of used space on the HDD is smaller than the SSD size. I would recommend EaseUS Todo ( http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm ) for cloning; although a clean install to the SSD is by far the better choice.

    And yes, you can use the HDD for backup once the OS is running on the SSD.
  2. Best answer
    If your current SATA mode is AHCI in the bios, then you can try to clone from your hard drive to the SSD.
    Samsung has a ssd magician program that you can download and use to clone. It uses norton ghost.
    Or, you could download a 30 day trial copy of Acronis true image and use their clone utility.

    If the sata mode is IDE, then a clean install is easiest. AHCI is needed to enable trim.
    Export your user files and settings using windows easy transfer. Even to your current hard drive is ok.
    Set the sata mode to AHCI and disconnect your old hard drive.
    Clean install windows with drivers and updates. With a ssd this is very quick.
    Then reattach your HDD and import your settings and files.
    Your apps will have to be reinstalled.
    After that, you can reformat your old hard drive for storage.

    If you do not need the room, put that old hard drive in an external usb enclosure and use it for backups.
  3. Best answer selected by Daratum.
  4. geofelt said:
    If your current SATA mode is AHCI in the bios, then you can try to clone from your hard drive to the SSD.
    Samsung has a ssd magician program that you can download and use to clone. It uses norton ghost.
    Or, you could download a 30 day trial copy of Acronis true image and use their clone utility.

    If the sata mode is IDE, then a clean install is easiest. AHCI is needed to enable trim.
    Export your user files and settings using windows easy transfer. Even to your current hard drive is ok.
    Set the sata mode to AHCI and disconnect your old hard drive.
    Clean install windows with drivers and updates. With a ssd this is very quick.
    Then reattach your HDD and import your settings and files.
    Your apps will have to be reinstalled.
    After that, you can reformat your old hard drive for storage.

    If you do not need the room, put that old hard drive in an external usb enclosure and use it for backups.

    The SSD I have it 256g a I've gotten my current HD down to 200gb of used space so I'll try cloning.
  5. geofelt said:
    If your current SATA mode is AHCI in the bios, then you can try to clone from your hard drive to the SSD.
    Samsung has a ssd magician program that you can download and use to clone. It uses norton ghost.
    Or, you could download a 30 day trial copy of Acronis true image and use their clone utility.

    If the sata mode is IDE, then a clean install is easiest. AHCI is needed to enable trim.
    Export your user files and settings using windows easy transfer. Even to your current hard drive is ok.
    Set the sata mode to AHCI and disconnect your old hard drive.
    Clean install windows with drivers and updates. With a ssd this is very quick.
    Then reattach your HDD and import your settings and files.
    Your apps will have to be reinstalled.
    After that, you can reformat your old hard drive for storage.

    If you do not need the room, put that old hard drive in an external usb enclosure and use it for backups.



    i know this is dumb. but how do you reformat the old drive for storage?
  6. tonypizzle said:
    i know this is dumb. but how do you reformat the old drive for storage?


    Control panel/administrative tools/computer management/storage/disk management
    Should give you some options.

    Or... boot from your indows dvd, and it should give you an option to reformat.
  7. thanks! one more question. i have read that you should update the firmware of the ssd. when in the process should i do that?
  8. tonypizzle said:
    thanks! one more question. i have read that you should update the firmware of the ssd. when in the process should i do that?

    I think all Samsung 840 pro SSD's will come with current firmware.
    If you want, see if an update is available before you try to clone.
    A firmware update could possibly impact data.
  9. What cables would I need to connect the SSD to the motherboard? I think I need another set of them.
  10. Daratum said:
    What cables would I need to connect the SSD to the motherboard? I think I need another set of them.

    You will need a sata signal cable.
    Some ssd's come with one, others don't.
    Check the newegg pictures to see.
    They are cheap if you need to buy one.

    You will also need a psu sata connector, just like any other hard drive.
  11. geofelt said:
    You will need a sata signal cable.
    Some ssd's come with one, others don't.
    Check the newegg pictures to see.
    They are cheap if you need to buy one.

    You will also need a psu sata connector, just like any other hard drive.

    So I'll need these two for the SSD?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812816029

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119270
  12. Daratum said:


    The sata cable you linked will connect the ssd to the motherboard.
    You may already have some which usually come with the motherboard.

    Most likely, you will have a sata power cable already available on your psu.
    If, by chance, your psu is old, and only has molex connectors(white 4 pin) then the molex to sata adapter will work.
  13. My HDD is over 100GB more than my SSD can hold, i just waant the OS and steam on the SSD for now. I can MKlink the steam data but need to know how to put OS from HDD to SSD someone suggested just installing the same OS onto the SSD should work?
  14. just watched a video of how to install the SSD on the manufacturers website and it says to install the OS on the SSD and change boot order so that it boots from the SSD not HDD. then just copy over the files...ill give it a go when i get a spare SATA and bracket. Ill get back to you when its done, could be a few days because of work
  15. geofelt said:
    The sata cable you linked will connect the ssd to the motherboard.
    You may already have some which usually come with the motherboard.

    Most likely, you will have a sata power cable already available on your psu.
    If, by chance, your psu is old, and only has molex connectors(white 4 pin) then the molex to sata adapter will work.

    Which would you reccomed?

    I'm afraid that I haven't any cables left from my motherboard.
  16. Daratum said:
    Which would you reccomed?

    I'm afraid that I haven't any cables left from my motherboard.


    1. verify that your power supply has a sata power connector.
    If it does, you are good. Otherwise, order a molex to sata adapter
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812816029

    2. Order a sata signal cable. Any will do.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119272
  17. geofelt said:
    1. verify that your power supply has a sata power connector.
    If it does, you are good. Otherwise, order a molex to sata adapter
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812816029

    2. Order a sata signal cable. Any will do.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119272

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017&Tpk=850%20xfx

    Turns out it has 8. So then all I'd need is the SATA cable then.
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