I'm running Win7 x64 with 2 600GB HDDs configured as a RAID 1. They're partitioned as a C: and D: drive, with my OS and apps on C:. I'd like to boost my performance by adding an SSD and moving all the stuff on C: to it. I've already bought and installed the SSD and it works fine, but I haven't performed the transfer because I have the following questions:
1. I use Acronis True Image Home 2011 for my backups. If I do a complete system backup of my C: drive with it, will it be sufficient to simply restore that archive to the SSD to get everything I need over there (I know there's more to the transfer than that; I'm just talking about the raw move of the files)?
2. Do I need to do a sector-by-sector backup first?
3. Do I need to worry about sector alignment?
4. How do I turn on TRIM? I have a Corsair Nova V128 which supports it.
5. Should I set the SSD's partition to Active before or after the transfer?
6. How do I change the SSD's drive letter to C: without screwing up my system? It seems to me there always has to be a C: drive somewhere for my apps and OS to run, so I can't change the old C: partition to something else before setting the SSD to C:, because I'd momentarily be without a C: drive. On the other hand, if I change the SSD to C: first, I'll momentarily have two C: drives.
Thanks for your help.