FRESH OS INSTALL or CLONE?
A fresh Install is the simplest option and most beneficial. Using the USB Key you can set up the SSD drivers, partitions and unlock the HDD. Install the OS the SSD and any applications, games or folders you want high performance from. Direct your data folders and files to the HDD and your all set.
CLONING and MIGRATION
Let’s first understand the term “CLONE”. It means an exact copy. Your operating system, registry pointers, applications, parameters and settings are copied and not changed. Meaning if you wanted say MS-Office copied to the HDD instead of cloned to the SSD you will have problems.
A Backup is highly recommended before ever starting a clone, copy or migration to new hard drives. Then you’ll have to determine if your going to and can fit a full clone of the original HDD to the 120GB SSD. Start button>Computer>right click the C>Properties and look at “used space”. If your comfortable with what your using and it fits well within the 120GB SSD limits your job is easy. If your over the 120GB like our situation here you can do what I’m planning. Evaluate your space usage. If needed you can uninstall large applications before cloning, copy all the Libraries (Docs, Pics, Music…) to the HDD and remove (be sure to have a backup) from old HDD to free up just what you like to have “cloned” with the OS then your good to go. I plan on copying/migrating libraries over to the HDD and follow the video setting up guide for telling windows about my new locations for Library folders such as Documents, Pictures and Music on the HDD then re-install any of the large application to the HDD I uninstalled prior to the clone. Some applications cloned to the SSD you’ll want to go to the AP’s properties and direct the data file pointers to the HDD libraries.