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Install SSD in older XP PC as Boot Drive

Hello,

I have a 4 year old Dell PC running XP that is used as a secondary PC at work.  I recently built a custom PC that included a SSD boot drive.  I am very impressed with the performance of the SSD and am wondering if I could install an SSD in this older Dell and use it as the boot drive.

I use this XP machine fairly often and am wondering if a $150 upgrade could breathe some new life into it.  Here are my questions:

1. Can you use an SSD as a boot drive for an XP machine?  I seem to remember reading that XP lacks TRIM functionality that the SSD needs.

2. Could I use Acronis True Image Home to image my boot drive and transfer it to the SSD?  I do not want to have to build the PC from scratch in terms of installing a fresh OS and all the apps.  

3. If the answer to #2 is no, is there an easy way to "move" my OS and applications to the SSD that would not require installation from scratch?

Thanks!
Chip
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MrChip2
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MrChip2
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nobusCommented:
>>  1. Can you use an SSD as a boot drive for an XP machine?  I seem to remember reading that XP lacks TRIM functionality that the SSD needs.
sure you can use it as boot drive - and the TRIM problem is from the past -  no worries

<<2. Could I use Acronis True Image Home to image my boot drive and transfer it to the SSD?  <<  i recommend using the paragon tool for adjusting to SSD :
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/

this answers 3. also
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rindiCommented:
I don't know about acronis, but paragon has a "Migrate OS to SSD" tool for a fair price. Also the other paragon products support SSD:

http://www.paragon-software.com/products/home/

Also when installing from scratch you'd need to align the SSD for the OS. Usually the manufacturer of the SSD has such tools available.
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SteveIT ManagerCommented:
Should have no problems installing - you might need motherboard drivers to allow XP setup to see the SSD though

Once installed follow something like this - http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?43460-Making-XP-pro-SSD-friendly to reconfigure XP to be more "SSD Friendly"
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nobusCommented:
@sgsm81 : "need motherboard drivers to allow XP setup to see the SSD though"  that is not true
the SSD is used as a normal Sata drive -what you may need is Sata controller drivers
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Third vote for Paragon Migrate OS to SSD.
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MrChip2Author Commented:
Thanks everyone for all the advice.  I think this will be a great upgrade and I will go with the Paragon Migrate OS to SSD tool.

Now I just need to pop the case and confirm I have an open HDD slot and all the needed cables and figure out the size of the SSD.  My c:\windows folder takes up

C:\program files - 89,000 files and 16 GB of space
C:\documents and settings - 27,000 files and 61 GB of space *** 2,400 files using 36 GB is on my desktop.  Most of this can be moved to a secondary HDD drive
C:\windows - 30,200 files and 15 GB of space
c:\pagefile.sys is 2 GB

I guess I could buy the Paragon tool and see what it says.  I think I will do that and close the question.  Feel free to chime in with thoughts.

P.S.  NewEgg has a 128GB Crucial SSD on sale for $110.  I think I will buy this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
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nobusCommented:
then all will still fit on the SSD
but it's a good idea to always have a backup
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