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Decoys

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Hey folks,

Getting ready to build a new rig and have decided on taking the SSD plunge. I've currently got my heart set on Intel's 160GB model.

Obviously, I'd like to have the OS (currently running Windows 7 HP) as well as my regularly used programs installed on the SSD. I'll use a WD Black HDD for data storage.

My question is: Do I have to do a clean install of Windows onto the SSD?

Ideally, I'd like to just "copy" everything that's on my current HDD onto the new SSD. Somehow, I don't think it's as easy as right clicking on C: and CTL+C... (I chuckled at the thought of that).

Is imaging software required in this situation? Is it even possible to do what I'm describing?
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If your current hard drive contains less-than than 160GB, you could use a standalone disk duplicator, like one of these:(I use the last one, the 'UNIDUPDOCK' frequently).
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Hi SpywareDr, Thanks for the reply.

Yes, my current HD does have less than 160GB (approximately 90GB right now), so that is an option.

Is a disk duplicator the only route to take? Or, are there some, perhaps, less convenient freeware options?
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Wikipedia: Disk cloning
http://en.wikipedia....ki/Disk_cloning

Wikipedia: List of disk cloning software
http://en.wikipedia....loning_software

Wikipedia: Comparison of disk cloning software
http://en.wikipedia....loning_software
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lol, yee ole Wiki strikes again! Apologies to you, SpywareDr, for not searching that myself.

Edited by Decoys, 23 May 2010 - 01:35 AM.

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:) No problem.
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