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October 23, 2012 8:03:56 PM

Now i know literally nothing about computers, i currently have a new computer on its way to me and i shall be ordering the SSD in a couple weeks (after the computer arrives) the OS comes pre-installed on the HDD thats in it so i want to transfer the OS from the HDD thats preinstalled to the SSD (dont want all the pictures etc on there), I've been looking around and ill say now i dont know what partitions cleaning etc is so need simple english and direct links etc please :/  and thanks in advance!!!

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October 23, 2012 8:19:39 PM

Download Clonezilla
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/clonezilla/clo...

Burn it to a CD AS CD IMAGE!!!!! (do NOT just drag and drop)

Install new SSD into PC Case, with existing hardware.

Boot the PC to Clonezilla.

Follow on screen instructions to clone supplied HDD to SSD.
Make sure to select the HDD as the source and the SSD as the destination!

After cloning disks, try booting from the SSD.

This will NOT affect any of the files on the HDD, but should make an exact copy of them all to the SSD. You can do this at ANY point in time after getting ur new PC - you can set it up, work on it some, and even burn the clonezilla disk on it and you'll get an exact copy of the HDD from the time u perform the clone.
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October 23, 2012 8:30:46 PM

You might also want to make the SSD the boot drive afterwards ;) 
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October 23, 2012 9:16:28 PM

You cannot transfer the OS only. If you wish to clone the drive you will get exactly that, a clone. I used a transfer kit from a company called Apricorn. Worked great. You may also want to consider buying a W7 disk for a fresh install of the OS only.
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October 23, 2012 9:25:28 PM

the computer im getting comes WITH the windows 7 install disc so can i just put the ssd in to the comp and load the disc?
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October 23, 2012 9:36:18 PM

kieranO said:
the computer im getting comes WITH the windows 7 install disc so can i just put the ssd in to the comp and load the disc?

Yes. Good idea, then you can set up the SSD for maximum efficiency, installing only Windows and favourite Apps/Games. You'll need to go to PC Manufacturer's website to download and install drivers though.
Follow this guide to best set up your SSD. Probably best to install to SSD with HDD disconnected, then connect later and format.
http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/...

AND make sure your licence number is on a sticker on the Case, if not you'll need to retrieve it before cleaning the HDD...
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October 23, 2012 9:43:44 PM

so if i was to go through with that and put it straight onto the SSD get drivers from pc manufacturers website=? its a customised pc so i have no idea on that

also u said about cleaning the HDD can i delete the OS from the HDD and leave the other files on there or will i need to get externalHD to move the stuff i wish to keep from the HDD with the OS preinstalled then clean the HDD and put the stuff i want back on it, because when the new computer arrives ill be using windows easy transfer to move the files from my old XP to the new Win7, but obviously wont be getting the SSD for a couple weeks later.
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October 23, 2012 11:23:54 PM

ok seen as tho this seems t be such a hassle haha im going to buy the solid state drive NOW so it will be here for when the computer arrives, ill do fresh install onto the SSD wipe the 1tb HDD and then transfer all the stuff from my old pc to the new 1tb HDD and ill just get the graphics card in a months time (gotta save up for it) this seems like the easiest way to do things cuz trying to get clones etc blah blah=confusing hahaha
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October 24, 2012 4:58:04 AM

Don't worry about the customised PC, all we need is the Motherboard Model and we'll soon find drivers...meanwhile concentrate on the SSD tips, you'll need to set AHCI etc before you install Windows to avoid future hassles...
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October 24, 2012 5:40:41 AM

it will at least have a sticker with the windows serial number. i would do a fresh installation.
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October 24, 2012 8:44:30 AM

The mother board model is the: ASUS P8Z77-M, so i just have to go to BIOS-> sataport and change the option from IDE/AHCI/RAID etc to AHCI before installing the OS, is there anything else i should do before installing?
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October 24, 2012 9:01:09 AM

Not a lot. Meantime go to Asus and download all the drivers you need and save them to an external device, then everything will be to hand when your installation is complete. Copy the driver files to your desktop,they'll load quicker. You'll need Antivirus, I've been trying out M'soft Security essentials on a few machines, no complaints so far. Perform the tweaks to ensure you get the best from your SSD and you're off...
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October 24, 2012 6:59:12 PM

how much will the drivers take up, i only have a 1gb usb stick?
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October 24, 2012 7:20:22 PM

Was just looking. Bit confusing the way they are set out. Generally go for the most recent,and the one that suits your OS. The main ones are Chipset, VGA (If you're using the onboard GPU) Audio, LAN, USB. Should fit on your stick Don't worry if you get a driver wrong, it will soon tell you, just try another... Dowload your Manual at some point and browse through the different Utilities. Main one is the BIOS update to keep your BIOS up to the latest release, but that's for the future. Perhaps you'll be provided with a System disk for the Motherboard, advise you to load drivers indivdually or you'll end up with a lot of unwanted software..
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October 24, 2012 7:33:31 PM

ok thanks ill get back to you on this when i get the computer, and yea i will be using the onboard gpu for about a month so thanks for that!!!
the files download at zip files, so do i just highlight and drag it all to the USB stick or do i have to extract everything there?
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October 24, 2012 7:41:37 PM

No problem, I've always used Asus boards, so I'm fairly acquaint with them, never seen that many Utilities though...
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October 24, 2012 7:54:21 PM

there were 2 usb things a usb driver and controller driver? i downloaded both and i got also the audio graphics thing LAN and chipset and extracting them from zip to the usb stick
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October 24, 2012 8:08:15 PM

Plenty to get you up and running. Windows will load basic drivers and in most cases you're just refining them. Load the VGA driver 1st, you'll see more of your desktop!
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October 24, 2012 8:54:35 PM

i just have to run the .exe files?
meh the usb stick got full b4 i cud even put on the graphics/chipset but ill just install these ones, delete and then do them when i got space
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October 24, 2012 9:51:15 PM

No problem to download them once you get connected, so mebbe the LAN driver would be useful if Windows doesn't load a basic one for you...assuming you're using ethernet cable...
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October 24, 2012 10:02:31 PM

im downloading these using my laptop so its not a problem getting them for me XD
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October 24, 2012 10:08:31 PM

kieranO said:
im downloading these using my laptop so its not a problem getting them for me XD

Fine, then all you need to do is transfer a few at a time. Or if you feel enterprising, create your own Driver CD...
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October 24, 2012 10:16:38 PM

dont even know what that means so no i shall not be enterprising XD wish me luck! haha get bak to u in 2weeks time when the comp arrives, i ordered a anti static wristband jsut cuz i dont wana break £500 worth of gpu+SSD hahahha
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October 24, 2012 10:23:52 PM

Just buy a blank CD, put all the drivers in one folder, CD in drive, Right click on the folder (which you named 'Drivers', right?) and choose 'Send to' and DVD RW, you will then be able to burn the folder to your CD, and have it handy should you wish to re-install Windows at any time...
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October 24, 2012 10:44:48 PM

ok good point ill probz do that as ill be moving out next year and taking the SSD with me so ill need that on new comp, i didnt name the files i put on the mem stick under drivers i just named them VGA AUDIO etc so i know what im opening lol
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November 4, 2012 8:11:24 AM

Best answer selected by KieranO.
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November 13, 2012 8:51:45 AM

What is the simplest way to "disconnect" a HDD in an Asus laptop - have the SSD in the auxilary bay and it is difficult to get physical access to the HDD? Is it just a case of disabling in device manager or similar?
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November 13, 2012 9:45:02 AM

cuius said:
What is the simplest way to "disconnect" a HDD in an Asus laptop - have the SSD in the auxilary bay and it is difficult to get physical access to the HDD? Is it just a case of disabling in device manager or similar?

Always best to start a new thread of your own rather than hijack someone else's... take it you have a 17" laptop with 2 drives SSD in one and want to 'disable' the original HDD? For sure, if you choose 'Disable' on the Drivers tab for that Drive in Device Manager that should do the trick. Any particular reason?
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November 13, 2012 11:53:46 AM

Sorry about the breach of etiquette - seemed relevant to the earlier replies, particularly the bit about "Probably best to install to SSD with HDD disconnected,"
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November 13, 2012 12:08:44 PM

cuius said:
Sorry about the breach of etiquette - seemed relevant to the earlier replies, particularly the bit about "Probably best to install to SSD with HDD disconnected,"

I see. Yes, it avoids complications especially if the HDD has an OS installed, means the new install can restart the machine without confusion... though most laptops HDDS are fairly straightforward, often only 2 screws...good idea to disable in Device Manager, though I haven't tried it in practice. Post your results if there are probs. Not sure it will work on the boot drive as you would not then be able to boot Windows to reverse the procedure!
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