Upgrading to SSD
by doctrphil - 3/5/10 11:58 AM
Currently I'm running a valid copy of XP and am considering upgrading W7. I've also recently upgraded my MOBO and processor (i7 920) and had to reload XP. I've reloaded XP so many times I'm surprised the CD hasn't worn out. All of those reloads have never been an issue, regardless of HDD configurations, PCI cards, etc. I've read here and there that W7 won't allow a reload, or that 'activating' it becomes a real hassle after reload or hardware changes. So I have a couple of questions:
1) If I buy an upgrade copy of W7 and do a fresh install, is it only good for the one install (HDD crash, hardware change, etc.)?
2) Can I make a back-up image of my W7 installation and reload it as many times as necessary (HDD crash, etc.)?
3) I'm considering upgrading to an SSD to run the OS and use my HDDs for file storage. If I load W7 onto my current HDD, can I make a back-up image of the installation and blow it onto my new SSD?
I understand that there are certain files that Windows looks for on boot-up, and I've done a decent job of copying/modifying them with XP so Windows will boot to the drive I want, but is W7 locked down to the point where these files (or other files) can't be copied/modified, or even backed up?
Thanks for all your help!