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I'm upgrading tomorrow. And I have a few questions.

Best way is probably to disconnect the HDD, install Windows on the SSD, then reconnect the HDD and format it while in Windows (running on the SSD).

 

Windows 10 will not defrag an SSD, it will run TRIM, which is kind of what defragging is for HDDs, but for SSDs. It won't cause unnecessary writes. 

 

EDIT: I believe MS also changed the wording in Windows from "defragment" to "optimise" or something similar to prevent people thinking it is actually trying to defrag the SSD. 

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Tomorrow i'm adding an SSD to my system. Currently I just have a HDD. Basically what is the easiest way to have win 10 on the SSD and reformat the HDD (do I need to reformat the HDD before installing Win on the ssd, or can I do it there etc.). Also whats the deal with windows defraging SSDs? Ive heard it just causes unnecessary reads and writes to the drive and to disable it. Just a little confused on it all. Thanks for the help!

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As long as the ssd is empty, you can install windows straight to it, but when you do, just disconnect the hdd to make the process easier.  Turn the computer off, connect it and reboot after you install windows and you should be able to access both operating systems through a reboot and the bios if need be, but you can also just copy files back and forth once windows in on the ssd


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Best way is probably to disconnect the HDD, install Windows on the SSD, then reconnect the HDD and format it while in Windows (running on the SSD).

 

Windows 10 will not defrag an SSD, it will run TRIM, which is kind of what defragging is for HDDs, but for SSDs. It won't cause unnecessary writes. 

 

EDIT: I believe MS also changed the wording in Windows from "defragment" to "optimise" or something similar to prevent people thinking it is actually trying to defrag the SSD. 

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  • Install SSD
  • Back up data from HDD
  • Install operating system of choice on SSD using OS installer
  • Once in OS, format HDD so it's empty with a disk tool of choice
  • Done now

OS installer should pick suitable disk format itself, for the HDD I'd go FAT32.


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