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    Hello all, I'll probably wait till winter to do this so I don't end up losing any important computer functionalities while I'm still at school, but before I moved my landlord gave me a Kingston V+100 128GB SSD.

    My question is, what exactly do I do with it.

    I know in the winter, I'll open it up, plug it into my computer, and then install Windows 7 on it, but what other things am I supposed to do? I'm assuming it's not as easy as that. I have a 1.5TB Internal right now (which is partitioned as C and D right now), would I just leave that as is, and tell computer to boot off SSD (which I now assume would be C: Drive. And do I install drivers and such to the SSD as well. Would all my files on my internal be fine, or would I need to reinstall some? I think where I'm most confused is just how things were installed, and if it'll stay fine. And if path directories will still be fine as well.

    Googled a bit but don't really see any questions as specific as mine. Also feeling lazy, and rather see if anyone else here has had any prior experience. Of course I'll back up my 1.5TB to my external 2TB.

    I also already have Arconis, is that gonna help at all?

    My 1.5TB internal is fairly big so I don't mind leaving the OS on there instead of having to redo everything.

    Else, I guess I don't mind keeping all my files on an external, wiping everything clean, and installing Windows 7 on the SSD and then everything else on the internal.

    How would I go about wiping it/formatting it though, and whenever I install new applications, those just go to the internal?
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    Uh, I might be misunderstanding your question, but if you're ok with having two operating systems you just plug in the SSD drive and install windows on it.

    I've never tried uninstalling windows from a hard drive without removing the other data, but I'm sure it can be done - you could probably just transfer any important data from your old OS partition to the other one and then just format that partition.
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    I'll probably just be lazy and install OS on SSD and run it off there then. The only difference I should really notice is the OS boot speed yeah?

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    You can also use the SSD as a high-speed access cache for your HD. If you want to do something more complicated than just installing your OS + whatever stuff requires fast access, you can consider that.

    You can have fun looking that up and learning to do it and what not. You will have fun doing thiiiiiiiiiis...

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    I know of technologies like IBM Smart Cache where it basically knows what programs I use a lot and stuff, I think my mobo supports that.. I bet it's gonna take some while to figure it out though. I'll tinker with it when I get to installing with it maybe .

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    I would run Acronis or Clonezilla and make a "clone" of C: along with the MBR and blow it into the SSD. Then, copy the D: to an external drive, format the 1.5TB drive, and set it up as D: in Windows so you can use it for storage. Extract an ISO from the Acronis app and burn it to a CD.

    So, your partition table would like look:
    C: SSD 128GB, Windows
    D: HDD 1.5TB, NTFS

    You can dual boot Windows, but that's a giant PITA.

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