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Question about a new SSD

by yuugster / January 13, 2013 4:35 PM PST

Not very new but that's besides the point.
Anyways! So I've this computer I'm on for a little over a year now and I've been thinking of installing the SSD I purchased a while back into it. The problem is, I have no idea how to go about it. Obviously, I know how to put it into my machine and all of that but what I mean is how to get it up and running (and properly, at that). So I come to you all. Is there a step by step guide for installing new hard drives that would also cover SSDs? I doubt I'd have to, but I'd like to avoid starting from scratch during this process (though I'd like to put my OS on it).
I appreciate any and all help!

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Typical install
by Willy / January 13, 2013 5:23 PM PST

Treat the SSD just like any other HD. While it is different from a std. HD, it does the same job. However, if you plan to use this as a solo HD, then frequent reads&writes are the Achilles heal of SSDs. Google for the TRIM command. Also, if you plan to use this in XP, expect some issues or review what is offered by the maker.

Sorry, you want easy and all, but if you have to install the OS, do so. if the SSD supplied any s/w, use it to clone your old HD. You may want to checkout Clonezilla s/w for the same task. Most makers provide step-by-step install instructions, of course you google for YouTube videos as well. Backup critical data before the install.

My typical advise is to use the SSD as fast device and store data on a separate drive. If you haven't brought it yet, look into "hybrid drive SSD".

tada -----Willy Happy

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Re: new SSD.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 13, 2013 5:25 PM PST


If the SSD is SAME SIZE or BIGGER than your current HD you can just clone the current HD to it and, when that's ready, put the SSD where the HD is now (keep your old HD unchanged until you're sure all is fine!)

If the SSD is SMALLER then your current HD you might be able to do the same, but then you would have to use a partition tool to shrink the current partition on your HD first. That's easy if the total space used is smaller than the SSD size. If the total space used is bigger you have to delete files (you're own files: documents, music, pictures, movies, etc) until it will fit. Be sure to have 2 backups at least of what you delete and don't want to lose, so you can put it back later.

The alternative is to just install the SSD totally empty and install the OS and all your applications on it, just like you would do on a new hard disk. In principle, you can use the data on your old HD after that, but it won't harm at all to have it fully backed up on an external hard disk before you start.


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