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Moving OS from my HDD to a new SSD

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I'm planning on getting a new computer and immediately installing an SSD. The reason is that I couldn't find an "affordable" desktop that came with one.

My assumption is that I can use something like Acronis or Disk Ultimate to make a clone of my newly purchased HDD to an external drive, then "copy" it to my SSD with absolutely no reduction of stability or performance of the OS.

Is that correct? And if so, what utility would you recommend for the cloning? And are there any other possible pitfalls that I should know about?

Thanks,
John
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by:Netflo
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Yes that's correct. Most SSDs will provide imaging software which will help 'move' your OS to the new drive.

I personally have used and still use Acronis. No other pitfalls other than do NOT defrag a SSD.

Best of luck!
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by:Sasha Kranjac
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I have used Acronis to switch from HDD to SSD and the process was smooth, without errors and easy.

Two disks don't have even to be the same size - Acronis does the adjustment.

Make an Acronis rescue disk (CD or USB) to have it handy if something goes wrong.
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i recommend the migrate OS to ssd from Paragon :  http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/

it will adjust your drive alignment to SSD

i recommend intel SSD drives -very stable
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by:gabrielPennyback
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Thanks, everybody. Since I plan on using this primarily, if not exclusively for music production, am I correct in assuming that a 256GB SSD should be more than sufficient?

Also, nobus, I googled intel ssd drives and saw this one on amazon at $149.99: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-2-5-Inch-Internal-Reseller-SSDSC2BW240A4K5/dp/B00DTPYT78/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395359494&sr=8-1&keywords=240gb+ssd+intel

I also have heard good things about the Samsung EVO series, such as this one at $184.99: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8466633&CatId=5300

Obviously the privce is better on the Intel, is the quality still better than the Samsung?

Thanks,
John
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by:Netflo
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Yes a 256 GB will be fine. If budget permits I would opt for a 512 GB.

Intel would be king in this arena, Samsung are also very good with outstanding performance reviews as well. The choice is yours at the end of the day.
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Thanks, Netflo. RE: the link I posted for the Intel, what exactly do they mean by "Reseller" kit? And do i want to buy something like that from Amazon? If not, where then?

Thanks,
John
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by:nobus
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i'm running 3 years now on an 160 GB drive, and it's only 1/2 full.
i also have a 1 TB connected, to put my data on
i like Intel, but crucial has a good name too; don't know about Samsung

about the reseller kit : as you see when you click on drive only, or reseller kit -  the difference is the 5 year warranty
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by:Netflo
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Amazon is perfectly fine to buy from. Reseller kits come with the raw basics, hence minus the fancy manuals, colourful box, etc.

I'm assuming your based in the US, so I'll recommend http://www.Newegg.com  as well.
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by:gabrielPennyback
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Thank you for all your input. I don't know how to grade this except to split the points evenly.

Thanks,
John
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