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11-24-2016 07:43 AM - edited 11-24-2016 07:45 AM
I'll post detailed system specs per Scisoftware Sandra at the end of my post.
I've looked at youtube videos & have been reading how-to replace a 3.5 hdd with a 2.5 sdd & some of it seems easy but to be honest I'm still unsure what's the right way to go about it with my HP desktop.
I purchased a samsung 850 eve 1 TB ssd & an adapter tray to fit the ssd into the case, my stystem has the original WD 1TB HDD installed.
I looked yesterday evening and noticed the original drive is connected via a power cord & sata 3 cable to the motherboard.
If possible, I'd like to install the samsung ssd as my c:\ boot drive & hook the origianl 3.5 drive up to store things other than the O/S, games, lightroom & photos as well as programs I use a lot on it.
If it's too difficult to use both as desrcibed then I'd just want to use the ssd to replace the 3.5 hdd.
From what I can see inside the motherboard, the original HDD is hooked up via sata 3 to the motherboard & the optical drive is hooked up to another spot on the motherboard right beside it.
I've upgraded hdd's, video cards, sound cards, before but am concerned about hooking up something wrong etc.
My system specs as I mentioned at the begining are.......
Host Name :
Model : HP 700-329 103C_53316J G=D
Serial Number : MXX43*****
Chassis : HP Desktop
Mainboard : HP 2AF7
Serial Number : ********
BIOS : AMI (OEM) 80.20 10/31/2014
Intel vPro : 9.00.30.1482
Total Memory : 12GB DIMM DDR3
Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40GHz (4C 8T 3.89GHz, 3.9GHz IMC, 4x 256kB L2, 8MB L3)
Socket/Slot : FC LGA1150
Memory Controller : HP Core (Haswell) DRAM Controller 100MHz, 2x 6GB DIMM DDR3 1.6GHz 128-bit
Memory Module : Ramaxel RMR5030EF68F9W1600 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800U DDR3-1600 (11-11-11-29 5-40-13-6)
Memory Module : Hynix (Hyundai) HMT41GU6AFR8A-PB 8GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800U DDR3-1600 (11-11-11-29 5-40-13-6)
Monitor/Panel : Hewlett Packard HP w2207
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (6CU 1152SP SM5.0 992MHz/1.22GHz, 512kB L2, 2GB 6GHz 256-bit, PCIe 3.00 x16)
CUDA GP Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (1152SP 6C 992MHz/1.22GHz, 512kB L2, 2GB 6GHz 256-bit)
OpenCL GP Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (1152SP 6C 992MHz/1.22GHz, 96kB L2, 2GB 6GHz 256-bit)
Compute Shader Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (1152SP 6C 992MHz/1.22GHz, 512kB L2, 2GB 6GHz 256-bit)
OpenGL Processor : GeForce GTX 760/PCIe/SSE2 (2GB)
WDC WD10EZEX-60M2NA0 (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm) : 932GB (C:) (D:)
WD My Book 1140 (1TB, USB3) : 931GB (G:)
WDC WD30EZRX-00SPEB0 (3TB, USB3/SATA300/600, 3.5", 5400rpm, SED) : 3TB (F:)
hp BDDVDRW CH30L (SATA150, BD-R, DVD+-RW, CD-RW) : N/A (E:)
Logical Storage Devices
Windows (C:) : 916GB (NTFS, 4kB) @ WDC WD10EZEX-60M2NA0 (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm)
Recovery Image (D:) : 14GB (NTFS, 4kB) @ WDC WD10EZEX-60M2NA0 (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm)
My Book (G:) : 931GB (NTFS, 4kB) @ WDC WD10EARS-67Y5B1 (1TB, USB3/SATA300, 3.5")
My Book (F:) : 3TB (NTFS, 4kB) @ WDC WD30EZRX-00SPEB0 (3TB, USB3/SATA300/600, 3.5", 5400rpm, SED)
Windows RE tools : 1023MB (NTFS, 4kB) @ WDC WD10EZEX-60M2NA0 (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm)
Optical Drive (E:) : N/A @ hp BDDVDRW CH30L (SATA150, BD-R, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
LPC Hub Controller 1 : HP Lynx Point LPC Controller
Audio Device : ZOTAC International (MCO) GK104 HDMI Audio Controller
Audio Codec : nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra [NV40.0]
Audio Device : Creative Labs SB Recon3D
Disk Controller : HP Lynx Point 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller
USB Controller 1 : HP Lynx Point USB xHCI Host Controller
USB Controller 2 : HP Lynx Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
USB Controller 3 : HP Lynx Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : Intel ICH SMBus
Printers and Faxes
Printer : Microsoft XPS Document Writer v4 (600x600, Colour)
Printer : HP Officejet 6800 (600x600, USB, Colour)
Printer : Fax - HP Officejet 6800 (300x300, USB, Colour)
Fax : Microsoft Shared Fax Driver (200x200)
Media Player : WD My Book 1230 (2.73TB)
Media Player : WD My Book 1140 (931.48GB)
Network Adapter : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (Ethernet, 1Gbps)
Network Adapter : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network) #2 (Ethernet)
Wireless Adapter : Broadcom BCM943228HMB 802.11abgn 2x2 Wi-Fi Adapter
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 8.1 Personal 6.03.9600
Platform Compliance : x64
ps.Not sure what's up with the smiley faces lol..must be something in the copy/paste
11-24-2016 07:50 AM
The main challenge in replacing an HDD with an SSD is migrating all the critical stuff from the HDD to the SDD properly so that when you swap the drives, the PC continues to boot into Windows without problems.
This is generally done by "cloning" the contents of the HDD to the SDD, but that can truly only be done when the SDD is at least the same capacity as the HDD, and in most situations, that is not the case.
If your SDD is smaller, then you have work to do -- as you must shrink down the largest partition on your HDD such that the total combined sizes of ALL the partitions is small enough to fit on the SDD with a little room to spare.
Windows will generally NOT let you do this while it is running, so you need partitioning software to do that, and I recommend this product: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
Once you have the partition resized, the best product I've seen for doing the cloning is Macrium Reflect. I've used that numerous times and it works great:
What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)
2) Connect the new drive to the PC using a USB drive adapter
3) Follow the instructions in this link: http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/display/KNOW/Cloning+a+disk
4) Shutdown the PC when done
5) Swap the drives and reboot the PC.
You should boot from the new drive without any problems.
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11-24-2016 08:38 AM - edited 11-24-2016 09:34 AM
The samsung is 1 TB & the Western Sigital that came with the system is also 1TB in size, does that make it easier?
The "USB drive adapter" you mentioned, can you post a link to one from an oline store please?
Also, what kind of job is it to use the orignal 3.5 Drive as a storage drive with the Samsung as the main boot/OS drive?
I can't see inside the desktop anywhere to connect a second drive (Original 3.5. HDD), does this motherboard have another place to attach a second drive via sata 3?
The samsung drive came with a disc that includes Samsung Magician & Samsung Data Migration, looking at the how to booklet that just shows pictures on how to connect the pc to a usb port it doesn't explain how to use either of the two programs or in which order to use them.
I should also mention that Macrium Reflect costs close to $100 Canadian. I don't see a free version.