Solved SATA3 SSD Upgrade from HDD SATA2

December 16, 2012 at 10:53:01
Specs: Win 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit, Intel Quad Core i5-760 4GB Ram
Advice regarding SSD upgrade, drive connections & configurations. My motherboard is ASUS P7P55D E-LX. I plan to replace my current sata2 HDD to sata3 SSD as my primary drive, leaving my hdd as secondary drive for storage & backup purposes. Currently, my BIOS is configured to it's default values except for the J-Micron eSATA/PATA Controller which is disabled since no device is connected along with Express Gate. My hdd is connected to 1 of 6 Intel SATA ports along with 2 sata optical drives configured in default SATA [Enhanced] IDE mode. The eSATA Panel port is connected to 1 of 2 Marvell SATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors where I will connect the ssd. Correct me if I'm wrong, since I will be upgrading, I figured setting my Marvell controller to 'AHCI' mode in BIOS before installing OS, then after, installing proper drivers. Am I on the right track, are there any other concerns that I should be aware of specially my hdd & ssd connections and configurations. Any advice or recommendation is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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December 16, 2012 at 16:45:50
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When you plug in your new SSD drive, make sure that you can set your BIOS to boot from it and put it in the boot order, just behind your primary optical drive.
You should not rely on the same physical drive to hold your personal files AND also hold the back up of those same files. If the drive dies, you loose all. Use an external drive or a physically separate internal drive.
A clean install on the new SSD drive would be the best option as you outlined.

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