Windows 7 and two drives help.

Hey guys, i was planning on getting an ssd and installing it in my home-built computer. This is the catch... I really want Win7 to boot off the ssd without formatting my HDD (has all my content and Win 7). Is there a way i can change the Win7 boot up or no? Thanks.
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  1. Possible yes, you could clone, but in general I don't advice this. You'd miss trim and other SSD specific flags that are set when installing a fresh and it would also be a good time to clean up any old crap you got on there. And make for a much leaner install.

    I'd try fresh install with the old drive unplugged first. Try it out for a few days see what programs you miss etc. and see if you can't get it to work like you want, you can always plug the old drive still back in and clone. Remember reinstalling office and other stuff is no problem on the same hardware and with an SSD it goes fast.
  2. Supermuncher85 said:
    Possible yes, you could clone, but in general I don't advice this. You'd miss trim and other SSD specific flags that are set when installing a fresh and it would also be a good time to clean up any old crap you got on there. And make for a much leaner install.

    I'd try fresh install with the old drive unplugged first. Try it out for a few days see what programs you miss etc. and see if you can't get it to work like you want, you can always plug the old drive still back in and clone. Remember reinstalling office and other stuff is no problem on the same hardware and with an SSD it goes fast.

    ok, i have Win 7 64 bit OEM, so it will still work like that, yeah?
  3. Yes you do not need to buy a new copy of windows when doing a reinstall on the same mobo.
  4. +1 to supermuncher, and here are a few tips for when you set up your SSD
    http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/
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