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    Installing Solid State Drive

    Hi guys, hope all is well with all of you.

    I have a question that I am a little confused about being new to using a SSD.

    I am building a new system and am installing a SSD for the main boot drive with Windows 7 installed on it and a second hard drive for data and programs.
    I'm installing a NEW copy of W7..

    Here's where I am confused:

    1: if my SSD ever fails do I just replace the drive, install W7 and things will be back to normal again?

    2: What about the programs and data on my second hard drive? Will the new W7 install on the new SSD be able to run them like before?

    3: My confusion lies with the registry..What happens to the original registry from the first SSD?

    4: Where is the registry kept? On the SSD or the hard drive where the programs and data are installed?

    Thanks for your opinions and advice..
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    If you have a current backup of the SSD, and you restore the backup onto the new SSD when you replace it, then things should be back to normal. If, on the other hand, you simply replace the SSD and then install Windows 7 again, you will need to do the following:
    1. Reinstall all of your programs onto the 2nd drive, because your fresh install of Windows 7 won't know where to find the programs.
    2. Reset the value of "My Documents" to the 2nd drive location, because the fresh install of Windows 7 will assume it is on the boot drive.

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    Thanks Jim...I kinda suspected that but being new to SSD's I was unsure.
    I make images daily so loss wont be a factor.

    I'll install everything on my SSD and keep all the data from the programs on the SSD on my hard drive.
    Actually, the SSD is bigger then my current HD so I can keep everything on it and image to a HD for when I need it.

    Thanks again, you have cleared things up for me..
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    The points I made would apply whether you are using an SSD or a traditional hard drive.

    For what you have described, I don't think there are any additional issues to be concerned with when using an SSD vs a traditional hard drive. If I am wrong about that, perhaps someone else can comment.

    Here is some helpful info on where the Registry is stored. In short, the Registry is actually a set of files, not a single file. My best understanding is that the only part which might not be on the primary Windows drive is the part which contains a user's settings -- that part is stored wherever the user's Windows profile is stored.

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    Important bits you need to check on your SSD in W7.
    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...=1#post1026300

    cheers, Paul

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    I'll check out the link Paul.

    Actually, I think I am just gonna install everything on the SSD and just use my traditional hard drives for images of the SSD.
    Then, if and when the SSD fails I can just pop in another SSD and install the image to it and be back in business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Banyarola View Post
    ...Actually, the SSD is bigger then my current HD so I can keep everything on it and image to a HD for when I need it...
    Since the SSD is bigger than your current HDD you could simply clone the HDD to the SSD, unless you really want or need to do a clean install.
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    As your SSD is big I would install all programs to it and store your data there as well - nice fast access.
    Install a backup program and schedule a daily backup of data to the HDD and perform a semi-regular system backup to the HDD - Aomei free will do this. I use a much bigger internal HDD for this, then copy the backup to an external HDD in case of catastrophic machine failure / theft.

    cheers, Paul

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    Coochin, In this case I want to do a new install..
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    Thanks Paul...I already do that with True Image..
    I have daily backups scheduled for every day to another HDD...

    I plan to continue that practice after this new build...
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