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replacing hd with ssd on Dell Inspiron 660s

kenwood 91 10 January 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Hi, I am looking to pick up a Dell Inspiron 660s. Last time I did anything to a ocmputer was from 8 years ago so my knowledge is outdated. The desktop came with a regular HD. I am looking to add a SSD and install windows7 on it. How easy/diffcult will it be? I heard some people said it is not a straight forward task to reconfigure dell machines. Does anyone have firs hand experience to share? I assume the tasks would be: install ssd, change bios to boot from dvd drive, boot from win 7dvd, partition ssd and instal os there, change bios to boot from ssd.. am i missing anything?

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It's pretty straighforward. When you boot from Win7 DVD, make sure you remove any existing partitions (there shouldn't be any if it's a new SSD) and allow Windows to create and format the drive for proper block alignment [lifehacker.com].
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Dell's instructions for Reinstalling the Operating System Using the Operating System Disc [dell.com]

Make sure that the SATA Operation mode is AHCI in BIOS before you install Windows onto the SSD. For your system, it should already be AHCI by default.
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Hi, I am looking to pick up a Dell Inspiron 660s. Last time I did anything to a ocmputer was from 8 years ago so my knowledge is outdated. The desktop came with a regular HD. I am looking to add a SSD and install windows7 on it. How easy/diffcult will it be? I heard some people said it is not a straight forward task to reconfigure dell machines. Does anyone have firs hand experience to share? I assume the tasks would be: install ssd, change bios to boot from dvd drive, boot from win 7dvd, partition ssd and instal os there, change bios to boot from ssd.. am i missing anything?
Your details are correct.
For greater ease, instead of changing the boot order in the bios, you can tap F12 for a shortcut to the boot order.
The next time it boots, it'll boot into the default order.
As mentioned, make sure the hard drive setting in the bios is set to AHCI.
I've done the same job in my Dell PC, and it's a snap.
One thing to watch out for is to not leave any other hard drives connected while doing the installation, or the MBR might get written to the wrong drive.
I presume that you will be keeping the present hard drive for storage, correct?
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thank you for all the responses

yes i plan to keep the hd for data and install all the programs onto the ssd drive
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thank you for all the responses

yes i plan to keep the hd for data and install all the programs onto the ssd drive
Are you familiar with the procedure of making official Windows folder relocations?
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Are you familiar with the procedure of making official Windows folder relocations?
I am not. Please elaborate. (I also recently got an SSD so I'm interested in this too. Sorry to threadjack OP.)
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It's fairly simple to install a SSD. You basically open the side panel of the case, secure the SSD into a bay port (3.5" adapter) or the bottom of the case, then plug the cables in. As long as you have your restore discs or a full copy of Windows 7, you can just pop the disc in and start installing on the SSD. Although, you may have to change the boot priority in your bios so that the CD gets priority to boot rather than your HDD so that it will boot into the Windows installation. You can have the HDD installed as the secondary drive and just copy the data from the drive while you are running Windows 7 on the SSD. I've done it plenty of times when building computers in the past so there's no need to burn everything to discs or copy everything to an external drive. Also, I'd suggest reinstalling all programs with fresh installs once you get to the desktop after installation on the SSD. You can always go back into the HDD and create backup files of your bookmarks, etc. (unless you have Chrome; in that case, your bookmarks are saved to your gmail account for easy access).
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I am not. Please elaborate. (I also recently got an SSD so I'm interested in this too. Sorry to threadjack OP.)
First you create folders in the hard drive that you plan on moving the folders to. In my case, the HD is called "Storage" and it's the D drive. (see first attachment)
Then you go to your Library of folders in your C drive, and proceed to move them as indicated in the attached screenshots.
Subsequently, if you send/save a file to one of those folders, (like "My Pictures, for example) that file will go directly to the "My Pictures" folder in your D drive, (or whichever drive/partition you choose)
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