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Old 10-20-2010, 04:35 PM   #1
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Win XP or Win 7 for a bootable SSD?

I currently have a system my brother and I built about 4 years ago.

It has an Intel 955 Extreme Edition CPU on an ABIT motherboard.

We will rebuild this system in about 6 months with a new mobo, CPU, and memory.

The issue is, that my Main drive crapped out on me, so I need to redo my hard drives. My brother made an image of my system right after I installed all the software, so we have that if needed.

For new hardware we got:
OCZ 120GB Agility Series SSD (won it at work).

2 Hitachi 500GB 4700rpm hard drives
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I am currently running Win XP - SP3, and really happy with it.

Questions:

1) Can I transfer the image of my old boot drive, to the SSD? Will it boot from it?

2) Would Win 7 be better able to fully utilize the speed benefit of the SSD? Would it be better to spend the time to install Win 7 - or will XP and 7 have similar speed?
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:27 PM   #2
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Re: Win XP or Win 7 for a bootable SSD?

1. Yes, but search "SSD" here for threads with info on things you should be aware of.
2. Yes, it would.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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Re: Win XP or Win 7 for a bootable SSD?

W-7 is best for ssd's. It has built-in ssd enhancements.
If I was installing a new ssd I'd start with a fresh W-7 install.
I've been running OCZ 3xssd's in RAID-O for a 1 1/4 yrs now.
The image would most likely work, but again best fresh W-7 install and let windows 7 do
its thing....
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:20 PM   #4
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Re: Win XP or Win 7 for a bootable SSD?

The image you have is not XP/SP3. It will not run on a SSD either for it does not have the drivers.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:33 PM   #5
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Re: Win XP or Win 7 for a bootable SSD?

Well, I burnt the Win/XP image to the SDD, and then booted the computer with it, and it worked fine.

I now have the system running with the SSD runing Win XP - SP3 and the 2 hard drives as my data backups.

I am thinking of new motherboard/cpu, so I will re-do the SSD with Win 7 when I get that hardware.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:08 PM   #6
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Re: Win XP or Win 7 for a bootable SSD?

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Well, I burnt the Win/XP image to the SDD, and then booted the computer with it, and it worked fine.

I now have the system running with the SSD runing Win XP - SP3 and the 2 hard drives as my data backups.

I am thinking of new motherboard/cpu, so I will re-do the SSD with Win 7 when I get that hardware.
Glad it worked out ok, enjoy the new ssd speed....
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:11 PM   #7
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Re: Win XP or Win 7 for a bootable SSD?

I thought you had a four year old image. SP3 did not come out till 2008. Also if the BIOS is set in default IDE mode you will not have an issue installing XP. The problem will come in when you set the HDD controller to ahci or raid mode.
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