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Putting a HDD and a SSD inside a laptop, need advice.

#1the_cajun88Posted 9/25/2013 6:14:50 PM
I have a laptop that came with a 1TB HDD, and I want to add the 250 GB SSD I bought to it.

I bought a HDD frame (caddy) to replace the optical disc drive with.

Which bay would be better for each hard drive and why? Should I keep the HDD where it was installed so that it cools better or should I put it where the optical disc drive was to give the SSD the main hard drive bay?


Also, before/during/when I start this, what is the best (easiest) way to get my OS (Preinstalled Windows 8) on the SSD? I want to boot my OS from the SSD and use the HDD for storage. There is no recovery media available (the manufacturer doesn't have any), but I will be able to use stuff like Belarc Advisor.
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#2the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/25/2013 7:36:28 PM
...pls?
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#3turbovirginPosted 9/25/2013 7:40:29 PM
It really doesn't matter. I would just put the SSD in the regular disk bay because some laptops can have a specialized BIOS that will always try to boot from there.
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#4PyrotechnixxxPosted 9/25/2013 8:56:21 PM
It does not matter in the slightest. For the sake of convenience, I'd leave the HDD where it is.
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#5jackster26Posted 9/25/2013 9:21:32 PM
Transferring windows, quick google search.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1664950/installing-ssd-moving-windows-disc.html

partition manager(free).

Resize the Boot partition to as small as possible. Make sure the boot partition is smaller or the same size as the destination.
Copy (Don't simply cut/paste in case of errors) the boot partition to the new drive.
Change the hard drive boot priority in Bios.
Make sure you booted to the correct drive.
Resize partitions as you wish.

On my laptop, changing the boot order still somehow kept booting from the original drive. I had to disconnect the original drive in order to get the machine to boot from the SSD. Reconnected the original drive after that and it still boots from the new drive. I kept the original boot partition on the original drive to use as a 'backup partition', so that If the new drive fails or I want an OS refresh I can just copy that original partition over.
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#6the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/25/2013 9:40:45 PM
jackster26 posted...

Resize the Boot partition to as small as possible. Make sure the boot partition is smaller or the same size as the destination.


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#7the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/26/2013 5:45:54 PM
any other opinions on drive placement?
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#8LordSeiferPosted 9/26/2013 6:28:40 PM
should I put my desk on the left or the right side of my room?
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#9the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/26/2013 6:31:49 PM
LordSeifer posted...
should I put my desk on the left or the right side of my room?


but LordSeifer.....

I'm just worried about the spinning/heat the HDD does if I put it in the optical disc drive bay. Is there a chance of overheating or something?
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#10self-immolationPosted 9/27/2013 3:56:56 PM
then put the ssd in the optical disc drive bay

unless your hdd is old and/or your laptop is old your hdd's temp should be fine
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