Would it be possible to add in an SSD drive without reinstalling windows? Folks only talk about using an SSD for their OS, but I'd much rather forgo the month-long reinstall-forget-find-install process (For my XP and 7 dual-boot) and just throw in the SSD for Skyrim, Fallout an' all those other "big" games.
I remember readin' about needing your bios to be in AHCI mode, but I'm currently in IDE, and switching causes a bluescreen as soon as windows starts to load (Happens for XP and windows 7). The cure for it is to reinstall windows, which I am sick and tired of doing.
If you are buying a SSD to use as a secondary drive (D:, E:, F:, etc.) then you don't need to reinstall your O/S.
Just connect the drive, boot into Windows as you normally do, go into Windows Disk Management, initialize the new drive, assign it a drive letter, and Quick format the drive. The drive will then be ready to use.
SSDs work best when in AHCI mode. On some SSDs TRIM does not work when the drive is in IDE mode.
I have been doing that for a while as it is faster then mklink and games do not seem to require preserving of NTFS permissions so a simple copy + paste works.
May look into doing some other guides in the future if I see anything that I am having to tell users how to do over and over. I had been making posts about this option, but figured one post to point to was a better idea.