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Old 01-25-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Hello all. I'm getting a 60gb SSD for my OS, and main games. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.
Things I need to know:

What do I need to "prep" my PC

Do I need extra cables to instal it?

How to tell if my PC can "take it" (If I can actually install it into my case)

Thanks, L4L17
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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Lots of scenarios, I will give you a link to a good overview if you'll answer some questions.
First thing I want to tell you, just keep this in mind as you eventually do this:
1. turn off your PC. unplug it. open it up.
2. plug your new SSD in with a SATA cable.
3. plug in your pc. reboot your PC.
4. Let windows install the SSD drivers automatically in the "Found New Hardware wizard".
This way you have the SSD drivers installed in your OS partition.

A bunch of questions:
1. what is your current OS?
2. do you have your current OS installation disk?
3. how big is your primary partition? (usually your C: drive)
4. DO you want to transfer your current OS to your SSD?
OR
5. Do you want to do a clean install of your OS on your SSD?
6. Do you own any disk imaging software?
7. DO you have more than one partition or HDD or do you have external storage to hold any files/music/documents etc temporarily?

Basically, you did right by asking first to plan this out,


As per physically placing the SSD in your computer case, check to see if you bought an SSD with an adapter kit or not. It's just a piece of plastic that has the exterior dimensions and screw holes of a regular HDD and the interior seat to screw in the SSD. SSD has no moving parts so just about any cheap plastic adapter works as there are no vibrations.

You can buy them very cheap, companies like Bytecc sell them for under $7 Or less,
random example:
Bytecc
Internal 2.5" HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure
Micro Center - Bytecc Internal 2.5" HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure BRACKET-35225


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Old 01-25-2012, 03:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply, LITOralis.nMd.

My current OS is Windows 7. I do not currently have the OS installation disk. My main partition is my C: drive. I am planning to do a clean install of Windows 7. I have Deamon tools if that's what you mean my disk imaging, and I only have one partition ATM.

The SSD that I am getting does come with a bracket or what ever it's called.
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:04 PM   #4
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I would now advice to buy a 60GB SSD for OS and games. I have windows 7, BF2/PR, ARMA/PR and BF3 on my 120GB SSD and im at around 102GB


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Old 01-25-2012, 05:21 PM   #5
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1. turn off your PC. unplug it. open it up.
2. plug your new SSD in with a SATA cable.
2.b. Plug the SATA power cable into your SSD from your PSU
3. plug in your pc. reboot your PC.
4. Let windows install the SSD drivers automatically in the "Found New Hardware wizard".
This way you have the SSD drivers installed in your OS partition.


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Old 01-25-2012, 05:38 PM   #6
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Shit. Do I need any cords?
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:48 PM   #7
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Shit. Do I need any cords?
You should have those on you PSU. Its Sata power connector and looks like this



Which drive are you getting exactly? Can you post a link to it? You might need one more Sata data cable, since I dont think you will get one with the drive.



Its basically simple sata data cable, disregard ssd on image.


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Old 01-25-2012, 05:50 PM   #8
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You should have those on you PSU. Its Sata power connector and looks like this

I have that, but do I need any others?
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:16 PM   #9
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Plug it in like you would your HDD, they use the exact same cables.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i01_details
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