How can I move Win7 across drives?

April 5, 2013 at 15:00:30
Specs: Windows 7
I'm looking to build my first computer and have a tight budget. As of the build i can only afford one drive ( a Hitachi 500GB HDD). and plan on installing win7 on it. in the future i would like to move win 7 over to a SSD which i don't have the money for yet but keep the files on the HDD. What is the process for this and is it easy to do? ( also how large should the SSD be if I am only putting windows 7 on it?)

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#1
April 5, 2013 at 15:34:14
One thing you could do is when you buy the SSD, also buy an external HDD to temporarily move the big files to, then use software like Acronis True Image to backup and restore an image of your OS on the new drive.

You've been helped by a 15 year old.


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#2
April 5, 2013 at 16:16:16
"I'm looking to build my first computer and have a tight budget"
Do you know about Barebones?

barebones computer systems
http://is.gd/ZQvQGa


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#3
April 5, 2013 at 18:00:45
Johnw,
thx for the post about barebones it this is exactly what i need. although i am a bit skeptical about these prices they seem a little too good to be true but will keep my mind open.

RTM2,
your advice on the win7 problems has given me a reliable option to go to. I prefer not to buy another HDD but 500GB will not be enough so i might as well upgrade when the time comes, and get the SSD as well.


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#4
April 5, 2013 at 18:24:07
Prices are very low NeWaTtHiS, that is how I buy from my local dealer & why I informed you.

If your usage is basic, even lower.

Give us a link, to show what you are contemplating & we may be able to help further.

I'm here, where are you?
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclo...


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#5
April 5, 2013 at 19:04:44
this is the bundle i am thinking of getting:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

I want to turn it into a gaming PC so ill slap on a video card and add some more ram.

here is the PCpartpicker list:
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partl...

also in regards to location i am running on the same time as you just add 12 hours or eastern standard time. (Ottawa, Canada)


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#6
April 5, 2013 at 19:52:44
"eastern standard time. (Ottawa, Canada)"
Thanks, different country, so my local knowledge doesn't help.

You do realise that barebones is already assembled, saves a lot of heartache, well worth it.


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#7
April 5, 2013 at 20:59:55
i can still swap parts though right?

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#8
April 5, 2013 at 21:20:20
"i can still swap parts though right?"
We can here in Perth.

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#9
April 6, 2013 at 13:06:04
The case that comes with the Tiger direct package has a bottom mount PSU. That is not the best configuration. Top mount is preferable.

The PSU has 2 - +12v rails, neither of which is very powerful. Won't support many gaming graphics cards.


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#10
April 6, 2013 at 18:15:40
thanks for the very valuable info!

i'm just curious though why are top mounted psu's better than bottom ones?


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#11
April 6, 2013 at 19:06:45
top mounted psu vs bottom mounted

http://is.gd/z8CFz9


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#12
April 7, 2013 at 09:04:12
The power supply creates lots of heat and also evacuates additional air from the case. Heat rises so a top mounted power supply evacuates more hot air then one mounted at the bottom. Another issue is the length of the leads is sometimes too short with bottom mounted PSUs.

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