[SOLVED] OS SSD options

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Hi there,

As you are all better than actual paid advice, I'm getting to the point where my OS SSD is getting very full and i need spare space, i was thinking of doing RAID, despite knowing zilch. What would the experienced people do disregarding buying more than 240GB SSD in the first place.

Thanks people
 

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If cloning to a new larger drive is in the cards:

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Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
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Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
Power off
Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
Power up
Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive
Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD
Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
If good, continue the power up

It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

If it works, and it should, all is good.

Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe all partitions on it.
This will probably require the commandline diskpart function, and the clean command.

Ask questions if anything is unclear.
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As a potential longer lasting option, the 1 TB Crucial MX500 is about $100-$105 (which entitles you to use Corsair/WD's abbreviated version of Acronis True Image for the migration); you might be able to temp remove the 2 TB drive to upgrade to the larger SSD, migrate, then reinstall your 2 TB SSHD...

240 GB is indeed quite small these days, as it seems that after installing so much as a few applications, Office, and a single game, many will find them 'space challenged'..
 
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Well, we need to investigate. I'm sure that some it is can be 'moved'.


Install and run either WinDirStat, or WizTree.

Run as Administrator, selecting only the drive in question.
Post a screencap here.

Also, a screencap of your Disk Management window.
before we do that, is it possible in your eyes to just buy a new SSD, with considerably more space and theoretically swap it with the OS SSD? and then the SSD can be used for some High detail VR Porn idk
 

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before we do that, is it possible in your eyes to just buy a new SSD, with considerably more space and theoretically swap it with the OS SSD? and then the SSD can be used for some High detail VR Porn idk
Probably.
Clone from the old to a new SSD.

1TB SATA SSD can be had for around $100, if that where you're thinking of going.
Details to follow later.

Is this current OS working to your satisfaction? If there are any issues, cloning just moves those issues to a different drive.
 
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Um yeah....that's not a good idea.
"most" covers a lot of things.
And programs, except for games, are generally pretty small. Not really space suckers.
It's not a bad idea for programs over a gig or two. If it doesn't work, you can move it back, no harm done. Games are an obvious one for saving space, Steam is easy, the whole folder can be moved, and the games folder can be changed in the settings so all future games install to the same place.
 
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It's not a bad idea for programs over a gig or two. If it doesn't work, you can move it back, no harm done. Games are an obvious one for saving space, Steam is easy, the whole folder can be moved, and the games folder can be changed in the settings so all future games install to the same place.
Yes, Steam games are easy.
Programs over 1GB? Not many. The entirety of MS Office is only ~3.5
But until there is a visual of what is on that drive, moving programs is not the first recommendation.

It might be as simnple as a pagefile too big, hibernation, excessive temp folder...

Identify the problem before applying a solution.
 
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If cloning to a new larger drive is in the cards:

-----------------------------
Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
-----------------------------
Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
Power off
Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
Power up
Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive
Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD
Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
If good, continue the power up

It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

If it works, and it should, all is good.

Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe all partitions on it.
This will probably require the commandline diskpart function, and the clean command.

Ask questions if anything is unclear.
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I think ill try looking into this in the morning, but thanks for the quick replies tonight and ill get back to you with what i found. (OS is working fine btw)
 

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