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Clone partition to SSD?

By Stealth3si
Oct 6, 2011
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  1. I'm considering buying a new SSD, because I could always use faster speed to boot up Windows and load programs and such. I'd like to keep my old OS partition intact but I'm not sure what kind of performance hit would I suffer from cloning my partition to SSD?

    Is it worth getting an SSD in light of this or is it just better to start over fresh?

    My Specs are:

    Acer Aspire x3200 w/ AMD Phenom X3 (TripleCore) 8400 2.1 GHz (Stock speed & HS)
    4 GB GĀ·Skill DDR2 800 PC2-6400
    Onboard NVidia GeForce 8200/9200
    Asus Xonar DX
    WD 500GB (30 GB OS partition w/ 9 GBs free space)
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7600
     
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    What you are proposing should be fine but the partition you are cloning must be smaller than the capacity of the SSD, the increased speed of the SSD should be noticeable and you won't get a performance hit from cloning the drive.

    Acronis True Image is excellent software to use for this and it can shrink the partition you are cloning to make it fit on the SSD, obviously with some limitations.
     
  3. Stealth3si

    Stealth3si TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Should I get a couple of these?

    They're supposedly fast but I don't know how reliable it can be though.
     
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    I have little experience with solid state drives and therefore would not be able to recommend one particular drive. They are fast and a lot more reliable than a standard hard drive due to having no moving parts and should last longer than the life of the PC.

    Will that one in the add be big enough to clone your OS partition onto?
     
  5. Stealth3si

    Stealth3si TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Yes the one in the ad will be big enough.

    I have 20-21GB of the OS partition.
     
  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Ok, all I can add is, best of luck.
     
  7. Stealth3si

    Stealth3si TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Thanks Mark56!
     

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