Moving OS-X and Windows 7 from HDD to SSD

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by CFoss, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. CFoss macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    So I've recently purchased a SSD (OCZ 120GB Vertex 2). I've been running OS-X and Windows off the 750GB HDD Apple provided. Anyway, I have a lot of media and old applications on both systems. I have OS-X backed up to my Time Machine drive.

    So... how do I go about moving the operating systems to the SSD? Obviously, I'm not going to be able to move everything off the HDD into the SSD. I'm also not too sure what to do about Windows.

    Finally, does it matter what bays I use? I suppose it won't matter if I move the HDD in the first bay to the second bay, etc?

    Edit: To be more specific about my concerns about Windows 7... is it possible to move the OS, or will I have to uninstall it from the computer, then reinstall it into the SSD?
  2. clyde2801, Jul 12, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011

    clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    The lifehacker optibay page looks like it has some decent instructions for setting up a ssd and copying your user folder and data onto a regular HD:

    Go down to the middle of the page for "Transfer OSX to the SSD".

    Of course, I'm curious to what the real nerds here have to say about it.

    If you have a '09 or '10, you can put the ssd in the second unused optical bay port easy peasey.
  3. handheldgames macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2009
    Pacific NW, USA
    Another App that provides a visual breakdown of your hard disk usage is: GrandPerspective. It will help you find many GB of wasted space. At least it did in my case.

  4. CFoss thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    I always thought CCC was shareware. That's handy to know! Thanks! :D

    There's no way I'm getting ~720GB of information into a 180GB SSD. But it IS a useful app, thank you. :)
  5. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    for windows I use Ghost and then do a repair from the win7 dvd to fix the boot table if needed.

    for mac, I boot to a SL dvd and utilities and just restore in disk utility works fine.
  6. CFoss thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    So it would seem Windows kicked the bucket last week. Perfect timing! I JUST got the motherboard to detect the SSD.

    I've just formatted my Windows partition, and am now in the progress of moving my HDD data to the SSD. What files should I copy over?
  7. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    I'm thinking of moving OS X to SSD. The current drive is 320GB but the most I can afford is a 120GB SSD. I would probably upgrade my 3 500GB drives to 1TB drives to provide more space and to move my USR folders to one of the 1TB drives.

    That would leave just the OS on the SSD which comes to about 90GB which seems large to me. 9GB is the Developer folder. Hmmm. How to do this and not get screwed in the process.

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