Hey guys, basically my 500 GB HDD is starting to clog up with all my stuff and is slowing down day by day. What I want to know is, if I buy an SSD, will I be able to simply transfer the OS from the old HDD to the SSD? (I'd obviously make sure to backup all my important files and make sure I wouldn't be transferring to much stuff.)
So yeah, Is it possible? How do I do it?
It'd also be nice if you could recommend a decent SSD for a £100 (160 Canadian Dollars).
For under $160CAD, you'd be looking at a 128GB SSD. I think the best all-around drive for reliability/performance/price/support is the Samsung 830, but unfortunately they are not widely sold in Canada. TigerDirect.ca currently has it on sale for $129.99. There is also a desktop upgrade version which includes Norton Ghost cloning software to transfer your existing OS installation for $149.99.
There are free cloning programs available, but I've only ever used Acronis True Image.
I doubt someone pricing in pounds is in Canada. The UK availability of the 830 seems solid. Limited but free cloning programs are available from Western Digital and Seagate -- they're both Acronis-based, but with regular backup capability removed. You can clone or manually back up, however.
What I might recommend is a fresh install of your OS onto the SSD, then transferring over your settings. Windows Easy Transfer, which you can do in seperate steps -- create the file with your current setup in place, save the file it creates to a USB key, remove your existing hard drive, install Windows, then run WET to transfer your settings, and then reinstall your old hard drive.