I recently acquired a OCZ Agilty 3 SSD, 60 GB. I understand that is possible to transfer just the OS and some programs onto the SSD without doing a clean install. I heard about the Paragon migration tool, and purchased it. However, it says that my OS is 89 GB, and will not install on my SSD. I THINK it's including my program files, which includes a lot of games, even though I uncheck program files. Fortunately, I managed to get a refund for the software.
Here is question #1: Can anyone guide me through the process of transferring the OS to an SSD? I also want to put starcraft, chrome and skype on it.
Question #2: If I need to do a clean install, how should I arrange my hard drives to make it simple for me? I have a 1 TB, 2 TB and 60 GB hard drive. Is there a way to make the computer think it's just one giant 3TB+60GB hard drive?
Specs btw M4A87TDUSB3 ASUS mother board Phenom 960 BE x4 ATIRadeon 6850 8GB Patriot Sector 5 RAM at 1600 1 TB Samsung HD, 7,200 rpm 2 TB Western Digital Green Caviar, (no rpm listed, but estimated at 5,400) 60 GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD
As for merging your hard drives. Not sure why you would want that. When I bought my SSD I had a whooping another 500 gb to use on crap. Now I only use it to store games and it's almost full. My other 1 TB HDD is just for data and almost full as well .
Last edit: 2012-06-11 00:21:08
Mtndrew United States. June 11 2012 00:21. Posts 173
A windows install shouldn't even take up half of that drive. Either way you're going to want to reformat. You're going to run into a lot of headaches if you try to push your windows files over to a new drive. First, back up all the files and stuff you want to keep on a flash drive or external hdd. Then install windows on your ssd. There are ways to merge the drives to where it looks like 1 drive to windows, but you could lose all your data if one drive failed. Once you get windows up, create the basic folders on one of your HDDs (Program files, My documents, etc.) You can link the My documents,pictures etc to your documents etc libraries for easier access to them. You just basically want to default save stuff on the HDD instead of the SSD because it can get hard to sort out once you have a lot of programs on there. To be honest, you're not going to really notice a difference at all having chrome or skype on the SSD compared to the HDD. I'd recommend having your OS and maybe starcraft on the SSD, then all of your programs on the 7200rpm drive. You then can use the remaning 2tb drive for your documents, music, etc.