Assassin's HTPC and SSD Upgrade
As some of you may know my HTPC is relatively "old" by HTPC standards. However it still does absolutely everything I want it to do. I took the time while upgrading my SSD to show a few shot of my HTPC build.
So first, the fun part of showing you my HTPC and the SSD install...
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L LGA 775http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128388
CPU - Intel Pentium Dual Core e5200http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116072
Case - Antec NSK-2480 painted black with spraypainthttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-034-_-Product
PSU - Antec Greenwatts 380 watt (included with case)
Graphics - Sapphire ATI 5450 fanless 1GB DDR2http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102876
RAM - Corsairl 2x2GB DDR2
Hard Drive (OS+storage) - WD 640GB Green
Hard Drive (Storage) - WD 2TB EARS Green
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Geminii Shttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...46&Tpk=geminii
Optical - Old IDE Samsung DVD burner
New SSD - Corsair Nova Series 64GB --- $80 after rebatehttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233108
SSD and the Molex-to-SATA power adapter and securing device that I had to run out to get when I realized that I was out of SATA power connections
Next was to figure out where to mount my new SSD. I had a optical drive bay open but I want to save that for a possible hard drive (with a 5.25" to 3.5" adapter) for a later date. So I found the perfect flat surface near the other hard drives that would be perfect. But how to mount the SSD??? The answer --- Velcro!!!
So far do good! That was easy and took me literally 5 minute (30 minutes if you count the trip to Radio shack for the molex -sata adapter).
But now the bad part.
When I tried to the clone OS as described in my FAQ it simply didn't work. I copied these steps from another AVS member who has used this in the past but for me it just didn't work. After about an hour of intense googling it appears that the problem is with Windows. Apparently cloning your OS is NOT supported if you are trying to move your OS from a large hard drive to a smaller hard drive ---- even if the smaller hard drive has plenty of room for the OS partition to be installed.
Many of the people who were having the same problems that I was having used a program made by Paragon to move the OS partition to the new SSD.http://www.paragon-software.com/tech...ate-OS-to-SSD/
This was $20 and the next day I posed this question to AVS members who all confirmed that this is an issue with cloning OS to SSD but who also offered many (free) options that I was not aware of.
The Paragon software was extremely easy to use and while I can't vouch for the other free cloning software since I haven't used it I can give this software a 10 out of 10 grade.
Finished product showing all three drives now installed including the OS SSD.
Other programs recommended by AVS users to clone an OS partition to smaller SSD (most for free)...http://www.easeus.com/download.htm
Acronis True Image (for WD drives --- don't know if it works for others) http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...l.asp?swid=119