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SSD and 7200 drive images.

by lucid oldie / April 7, 2012 12:47 PM PDT

Happy Easter!!

I intend to buy a new budget computer system shortly.
It has a 60 GB SSD SATA 2 and I have a spare Seagate 500GB SATA 3 drive. Will the two drives function together?
If not, I'll just have to get another 500 GB SATA 3 drive.
Another problem is that all my data/music /photos has been saved on a SATA 2 external HD. Will I be able to transfer it to a SATA 3 Drive okay?
Finally, can the image tool in Windows 7 do a full system backup if two drives are installed?

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Why wouldn't they?
by Jimmy Greystone / April 7, 2012 12:55 PM PDT

Why wouldn't they function together? As far as the OS is concerned, they're both storage devices, it's up to the device's hardware to take care of the rest. You seem to be overthinking this by quite a bit.

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Two different standards
by lucid oldie / April 7, 2012 3:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Why wouldn't they?

Just two different standards. SATA 2 vs SATA 3. I thought they may be incompatible?

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Not really
by Jimmy Greystone / April 7, 2012 10:56 PM PDT

Not really, they're two different versions of the same standard, and for all intents and purposes, the only difference is the max theoretical speed. But just like USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0, and 2.0 works with 1.1, and 1.1 works with 1.0, SATA is designed to be backwards compatible.

If you think about it... Just because you might be able to run really fast doesn't mean you can't also walk.

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What about the W 7 image tool?
by lucid oldie / April 8, 2012 1:44 AM PDT
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Okay the Sata issue is settled. Can Windows 7 image two or more hardrives?

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Not a software I can rely on.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2012 1:51 AM PDT
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Try Seagate's web site
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 8, 2012 5:40 AM PDT

and look for their Disk Wizard free software. It is a version of Acronis TrueImage and allows for either cloning or disk imaging.

I've just used it myself successfully.


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(NT) Thanks for the heads up guys!
by lucid oldie / April 8, 2012 11:14 AM PDT
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just make sure your C: drive can fit
by ramarc / April 8, 2012 12:05 PM PDT
In reply to: Try Seagate's web site

the disk wizard can't decide what needs to go where. so move your "Documents" folder and your other stuff elsewhere and make sure what's left on your C: (boot) drive is less than 50GB. windows could start complaining if your boot drive is more than 80% full (and no room for sys restore).

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