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#1 Aug 13 2010 at 9:25 PM Rating: Good
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So, I'm not totally incompetent, just inexperienced. I was gonna build a PC, but made an impulse buy on a custom from online. It came with a SSD boot drive as a bonus, I didn't mind as it was free. I like it alot, but it's way too small so I want to switch it out for a larger one. Rather than relying on some stale DIY video from youtube or some old forum post, I wondered if anyone here had any experience moving from one SSD to another (larger) one.

From what I have gathered, some people had issues doing this with Win7 64, which I have. I just want to make sure I'm doing it right the first time.

Moving from a
Kingston SSDNOW 30GB SSD
(with a 1TB secondary HD)

To a
Corsair Force Series 120GB SSD
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#2 Aug 13 2010 at 9:31 PM Rating: Good
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Remove power and SATA cable from old drive. Pull out. Put in new drive. Install power and SATA cable. In BIOS make sure AHCI is turned on for your drive before you install Win 7 64, this will enable TRIM for your drive.

If it's prebuilt, make sure they do it before they install Windows.

Disable defragging, indexing, reduce backup storage and recycle bin storage so you don't keep all that crap on your drive.
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#3 Aug 13 2010 at 9:51 PM Rating: Good
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Oenos wrote:
, reduce backup storage and recycle bin storage so you don't keep all that crap on your drive.


Hmm, wonder if this was part of my previous problem. Thanks for the tip!
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#4 Aug 13 2010 at 10:37 PM Rating: Good
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SSD are really good to use as boot drives, so since you've already got one, why not keep it as just that?

All you have to do is have a second drive as a storage drive and make a few changes to your installation habits. It's not too complex really. With Windows 7 you can change the User account stuff to point to a different drive and you can choose to install programs to that same secondary drive.

Just recreate the Program Files, Program Files (x86), and Users folders (including subfolders like My Documents) on your secondary drive, then change the target location for all your user account stuff, like my documents, my pictures, etc.

Example:

After creating those folders I listed above on a secondary drive, right click on C:\Users\*MyUsername*\My Documents and choose properties. Select the Location tab and make it point to the secondary drive's My Documents Folder instead of your SSD.

That's it. Now do that for all the User account folders like My Pictures, My Videos, Desktop, etc.

On top of that, whenever you want to install a program, change the install location to your secondary drive. Instead of C:\Program Files\***whatever***, you'd change it to whatever your secondary drive letter is. If my secondary drive is X:\, I'd change all my installations to X:\Program Files\***whatever***

Now you won't fill up your SSD at all and you'll still be able to use it as a boot drive. All it takes is for you to pay attention to where you're installing stuff.
#5 Aug 14 2010 at 12:28 AM Rating: Good
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Thiez wrote:
SSD are really good to use as boot drives, so since you've already got one, why not keep it as just that?

All you have to do is have a second drive as a storage drive and make a few changes to your installation habits. It's not too complex really. With Windows 7 you can change the User account stuff to point to a different drive and you can choose to install programs to that same secondary drive.

Just recreate the Program Files, Program Files (x86), and Users folders (including subfolders like My Documents) on your secondary drive, then change the target location for all your user account stuff, like my documents, my pictures, etc.



Thanks, but I had that down from the start. For a boot drive, I'm fine with it as it is. I did overlook setting space allocations for system backups and recycle bin space though. But I wanted more space to play with, like adding FFXIV or other games to it. I found a 120GB to replace the 30GB I already had, and for cheap too.
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