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    ssd upgrade from 1TB HDD (starting to get slow Win7) help?

    HI Guys,

    Hopefully a straight forward question, current 1TB HDD with win7 has started to give me issues on being slow on startup and so on.

    Guess good time to upgrade to a 250GB SSD.

    But need help - How best load win7 on the SSD and some of the software already on my PC?

    Any ideas on quick way or shall I strip it down and start from scratch and try to move software after?

    cheers upfront

    13 Comments

    Backup everything you want to keep. Check the smart profile of the 1TB for issues. Then wipe the 1TB. Pull all drive except for the SSD and then install 7. Then attach the 1TB so that windows doesn't lock the OS to both drives.

    Don't install windows 7 with the 1TB still in and especially not with an OS on it.

    Original Poster

    so check the current TB for issues, back it up, redo system with the SDD. But reinstall win on to that from the backup CD! then add 1TB and wipe that clean and use as a 2nd drive!

    Is the backup via windows backup?

    godzillafan

    so check the current TB for issues, back it up, redo system with the SDD. … so check the current TB for issues, back it up, redo system with the SDD. But reinstall win on to that from the backup CD! then add 1TB and wipe that clean and use as a 2nd drive!Is the backup via windows backup?



    ​Pretty much anyway you want to backup. I would always recommend a fresh install of 7 as it tends to copy .dll files and bloat to excessive size. Windows 7 loves .dll files like a fat kid loves cake and taking that cake away causes it to flip out.

    An SSD only speeds up a working computer. If you've got issues then there's a good chance an SSD won't make the slightest bit of difference.

    Unless the issues are hardware issues the reinstall should fix them though.

    Buy the SSD, install Linux and forget your windows problem.

    You will need a dos disk imaging app, like Ghost32 and a usb stick. Make the usb stick bookable and put the imaging app on it. Connect your ssd and existing hard drive. Boot your pc to the usb stick, start the imaging app and choose to clone your existing hard drive to the ssd. Make sure you disconnect your existing hard drive before booting up. When you do, everything will work as it had before, only faster. And if you're interested in a 480gb ssd over a 250gb one, I have a SanDisk one here I bought last week, brand new and unused. I'm looking what I paid for it (£86-something) including delivery.

    Op I recently upgraded a friends hp win 7, did a backup and put in a evo 500gb, I always do a fresh install and this should solve all your problems, ignore the negative windows posts, nothing wrong with it if you keep it clean of viruses etc, sound advice from kester76

    PulisOut

    Buy the SSD, install Linux and forget your windows problem.



    But what if he wants to use his computer for things?

    Original Poster

    cheers guys,

    The pc doing well and it has overkill hardware on it. I looked and that's not causing any heating or over work issues. 16gb, fx6300, 990 extreme3 mobo, xfx550w psu and those are making no noises or anything out of the blue.

    That left me with the HDD and tyipcal it is a 1TB seagate. I have a few of them, but this seem the first to slow right down (other have been working well for years). Must be win7 or some processes have had their chips.

    Looking at the advice the fresh install might be the saving grace.

    I might rebuild the whole thing and change the stock cooler too, had that on the wish list for a while now (Noctua14/cooler hyper). Temps steady, but extra 5-10degrees down sure to add extra years life to the cpu.

    So if I go fresh, shall I treat it like a new build and load win7 (CD) or from a backup?

    The software I guess, I can use PCmover afterwards! The files I have already started the backup to another drive.

    dxx

    But what if he wants to use his computer for things?



    After experiencing the win10 update I moved my work laptop to Linux and it does all the things I want to do I guess by "things" you must mean expensive games but I would class that as doing nothing and if I wanted to do that I would use a console designed or it.

    PulisOut

    After experiencing the win10 update I moved my work laptop to Linux and … After experiencing the win10 update I moved my work laptop to Linux and it does all the things I want to do I guess by "things" you must mean expensive games but I would class that as doing nothing and if I wanted to do that I would use a console designed or it.



    I was actually thinking of productivity software in general - things like MS Office, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Cakewalk Sonar, and then, yes, gaming software, including development suites like Unreal Engine, and hardware support for things like the Vive.

    Original Poster

    Have to stick with win7 as all my work files are used in other places of work, which solely use windows.

    Linux I will be looking at for my other computer for a freenas job for the house.

    dxx

    I was actually thinking of productivity software in general - things like … I was actually thinking of productivity software in general - things like MS Office, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Cakewalk Sonar, and then, yes, gaming software, including development suites like Unreal Engine, and hardware support for things like the Vive.



    Well I admit I don't need few of those but I have office, presentation software, video & sound edititing etc and it's all free to use easy to install.s
    If I do want to use any windows apps I can always setup a Vmachine but I have no need for it. Bear in mind I used windows pre 3.1 release. I think linux is much more competitive with Ms OSs now and more and more people are seeing the benifits of a stress free life :-)

    P.S. I also have a win10 desktop on my network with a massive spec so I can see the benefits of both but my day to day work goes better on Linux.
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