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    The ocz vertex 30 GB was on sale at newegg for 80 dollars so I am going to migrate to ssd. I currently have a 320 gig drive. Does anybody know the steps I will have to take to get this done. I have done a little research and this is the best I have so far:


    Delete all the music off my hdd.

    shrink partition to under 30 gigs

    align the ssd?

    clone the hdd over to the ssd somehow.

    put the music back onto hdd and plug both drives back in

    set ssd to boot and disable defrag.

    since OS is windows 7 I need to do nothing else?

    If I can't figure all that out i guess I will install fresh.

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    first thing you should do when you get your ssd is to check for any firmware update and install them before anything else.
    you can resize your hd with windows disk management, or any other equivalent program.
    i think you can make complete image of your system using windows 7 backup utility

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    • #3
      the other option would be to just migrate your OS, and programs over to the ssd, and keep the 320 for media files.
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      • #4
        Personally, I would start clean on the SSD and delete everything except your media (music, movies, etc.) on your 320. Just make sure it doesn't get hot or get moved around a whole lot. HDDs hate that. SSDs aren't that fond of shock, but they can handle it a little bit better than a HDD will...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by freeflashstuff View Post
          SSDs aren't that fond of shock, but they can handle it a little bit better than a HDD will...
          SSD's have absolutely no problems at all with shock. Most are rated for a massive amount of abuse, and the OCZ units he has are rated for 1500G maximum shock. That's a whole heap of impact, the car around your SSD would be missing at that kind of impact.

          SSD's will handle all the shock in the world, and come back for more.

          But as to the OP, personally, I would do a clean install on the SSD, but I have never been a fan of migrating installs.

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          • #6
            personaly if the 320 GB system is running fine I would just MOVE the media files to a third drive temp.

            then clone the drive to the SSD... after that format the 320 drive and move the media back to that
            Blessed are the "cracked" for it is they who let in the light.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by boelle View Post
              personaly if the 320 GB system is running fine I would just MOVE the media files to a third drive temp.

              then clone the drive to the SSD... after that format the 320 drive and move the media back to that
              You could do that, but you're still running the risk of the clone not going right and ending up with BSODs. Most cloning software clones the whole drive, not just what is used. So that would mean making a 320GB image and trying to put that on your whatever size SSD. There is some software that will clone only the used space. In that case, you're fine. Either way, good luck. I've never had any good luck migrating drives. Not even when I did XPe...


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              • #8
                I've migrated hard drives about five or six times now (nlite-Xp) and might suggest Pargon's software. THE most user friendly I've tried, but the issue i kept having was configuring the the boot sector right for the migrated OS.(which paragon fixed) I'm not sure if that applies to win7 or not (edit) or a ssd even, just my 2pennies

                but, seems like if you have the room to keep the files from your old OS, that's not a bad idea.

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                • #9
                  i can recommend gparted for cloning.... never had a single issue.
                  Blessed are the "cracked" for it is they who let in the light.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by boelle View Post
                    i can recommend gparted for cloning.... never had a single issue.
                    I use gparted for all my partition resizing....didn't know it would work for this...will try this first

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                    • #11
                      Shrink it with gparted, clone it with dd. I've done this a few times and it works great.
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                      • #12
                        I use CloneZilla. It hasn't failed me yet! *knocks on wood*
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                        • #13
                          well I got my drive today...I guess I will try to clone first and if it gives me trouble I'll have to install fresh....im hoping most of the alignment problems i've been reading about only apply to xp

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                          • #14
                            I have succesfully cloned my installation using gparted.

                            I did pretty much what I said. Delete music. Shrink partition to 22 or 23 gigs. I copy and paste both little partitions in gparted. There was 1 mb of unallocated space before the 2 partitions and I tried to recreate this but im not sure it worked. but anyway I pasted the partitions over to the SSD, and then expanded the partion to the max the ssd allowed. 28 gigs or so. Plugged it back into the car and it wouldn't work. So I ended up remaking my windows 7 install thumb drive, and it was able to repair the install and now it boots fine with the SSD as the system drive and my new 640gig scorpio blue for music. All my programs are still there and all the problems I had are still there too.

                            Now to optimize for SSD, first thing I will do is disable indexing, what else would you recommend?

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                            • #15
                              glad u got it working without too much pain.

                              what about disabling page file or virtual ram? does win7 still do this?

                              what are the performance gains you've notice?

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