Installing OS on SSD from HDD

Started Dec 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield
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Re: Installing OS on SSD from HDD
In reply to indusphoto, Dec 1, 2012

Did you go with the mSATA model of that Crucial drive?

I'd go that route (mSATA versus a 2.5" drive) to save a drive bay and SATA connection, since the XPS 8500 has an mSATA slot you could use for one. That way, you'd be able to install another physical hard drive in the spare bay later.

Dell includes a DataSafe program on it's newer PCs that allows you to create a recovery disk (and you can use a USB flash drive for that purpose if desired) that you can boot into and reinstall Windows so that it has the same thing on it that came with it (Windows including any needed chipset drivers, Dell programs for keeping it up to date, etc.).  Then, you could just uninstall anything extra you decide you don't want (like preinstalled trial versions of AV protection software).

See this post for more info (and note you'll need a couple of screws to secure the drive, as you'll see mentioned):

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50065445

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