HDD to SSD

Discussion in 'SSD and HDD storage' started by greengiant71, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. greengiant71

    greengiant71 Member

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    I recently bought 'Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2' by Crucial" so i am new to this new era of HD's.

    My question: will it be possible to transfer my OS and other vital apps to that SSD and make it my main drive?
     
  2. Mannerheim

    Mannerheim Ancient Guru

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    better to reinstall windows to that new SSD... HD cloning is possible but what i have heard, its not good option.
     
  3. greengiant71

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    What's wrong with cloning from one drive to another? the original drive is 200g going to a 64g :(
     
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    use acronis... i used on my laptop and so far so god
     

  5. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    If you clone then you have to make sure to set up Windows for the SSD.
     
  6. greengiant71

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    What SSD is compatible with my board ?

    • HyperTransport 3.0 supporting speed up to 5200MT/s

    Chipset

    • NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI single chipset



    Main Memory

    • Supports Dual DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600 (OC)
    - 4 DDR3 DIMMs (240pin / 1.5V)
    - Supports a maximum memory size up to 16GB.




    Slots

    • 2 PCI Express x16 slots with x16 operation (PCI Express Bus SPEC V2.0 compliant)
    • When 2 PCI Express x16 slots are all installed, the PCIE x 16 lanes will auto arrange form x16/ x0 to x8/ x8.
    • 2 PCI Express x1 slots
    • 1 PCI slots, support 3.3V/ 5V PCI bus interface.



    On-Board IDE

    • One IDE port by NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI
    - Supports Ultra DMA 66/100/133 mode
    - Supports PIO, Bus Master operation mode
    - Can connect up to two IDE devices

    On-Board SATA

    • 5 SATA II ports by NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI
    • 1 eSATA II port by NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI
    - Supports storage and data transfers at up to 3Gb/s

    RAID Function

    - SATA II 1~5 support RAID 0/ 1/ 0+1 /5 or JBOD mode by NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI

    MSI Reminds You...
    • The RAID setup floppy disk is optional depending on the districts. You can download the files from the website to make the setup disk.


    Audio

    • Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC889
    - Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
    - Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec


    LAN

    - Supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8211CL


    Internal I/O Connectors

    - ATX 24-pin power connector
    - ATX 4-pin 12V CPU power connector
    - CPU x 1 / System x 3 FAN connectors
    - CD-in connector
    - Clear CMOS jumper
    - Power button
    - Chassis intrusion switch connector
    - Front panel audio connector
    - Front panel connector
    - Serial port connector
    - 3 x USB 2.0 connector support additional 6 ports
    - 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
    - 5 x Serial ATA II connectors
    - 1 x ATA133 IDE connectors
    - 1 x SPDIF-out header
    - 1 x TPM module header
    - 1 x OC Switch
    MSI Reminds You...
    • The floppy disk cable will be optional.


    Back Panel I/O Ports

    - 1 x PS/2 keyboard
    - 1 x PS/2 mouse
    - 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
    - 6 x USB 2.0 ports
    - 1 x RJ45 LAN jack
    - 1 x eSATA port
    - 1 x DVI-D port
    - 1 x Graphic Card port
    - 1 x HDMI port
     
  7. sikvdila

    sikvdila Member Guru

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    yes u can. U mustuse acronis backup & recovery which supports to add ahci controler driver.
     
  8. clawhamer

    clawhamer Ancient Guru

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    Seriously.. just do a fresh install. You have a nice new piece of hardware, make the most of it.
     
  9. Darren Hodgson

    Darren Hodgson Ancient Guru

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    Cloning a new operating system to an SSD is better than doing a fresh install as the data is written in a way that is less wearing on the drive. I can't remember where I read this though but since SSD memory cells have limited writes then it is sound advice in my opinion.

    This method is also far quicker as well and means you don't have to reinstall all your software. Just use Acronis True Image as I used that to clone my previous Windows install onto my Crucial M225 SSD back in December 2009. Worked flawlessly for me.
     
  10. scheherazade

    scheherazade Ancient Guru

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    You're gonna bring along a ton of junk and baggage.

    Clean install is the way to go.

    And consider disabling hibernate. It's low value with boot times being so quick. It just eats up drive space. Sleep accomplishes almost the same thing anyways.

    If you have 8+ gigs ram, disable swap too. Free up more drive space.

    -scheherazade
     

  11. clawhamer

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    I remember reading that as well, can’t remember where and too lazy to find it. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods.

    Personally I wouldn’t image an SSD from an HDD, but it is a good idea to make a back up image of the SSD after a fresh OS install and you’re sure it is working properly and configured the way you want.

    As for write wearing, I had to convince myself that it won’t happen before the drive outlives its usefulness... but I still find myself peeking to see what’s going on.
     
  12. Lethal Abz

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    Clean install. Simples.
     
  13. LifeInferno

    LifeInferno Master Guru

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    u can restore a backup image to your disk only if it is the same GB capability or more.
     
  14. Darren Hodgson

    Darren Hodgson Ancient Guru

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    That goes without saying really.

    I took a backup of Windows 7 SP1 from my previous 128 GB Crucial M225 SSD and restored it onto my new 256 GB Crucial M4 SSD with no problems at all using Acronis True Image 2011. I had/have single partitions on both drives. When you restore you're given the option to use the same size partition, in my case it asked if I wanted a 119 GB one, or a larger one, which is the option I went for and required me to simply move a slider all the way to the right.

    Got to love Acronis True Image... it has been extremely useful and reliable all the times I've used it.
     
  15. clawhamer

    clawhamer Ancient Guru

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    I have to agree, Acronis has never given me any issues with creating or restoring an image and it’s fast too. Never had an issue with alignment when restoring the partition back on SSDs either.

    It simply works and does what it’s designed to do.
     

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