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Old 11-29-2017, 05:55 AM   #1
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So I now have have a new computer with has a 1 TB SSD and a 4 Tb HHD I only have basic knowledge of computers and do a lot of photo editing. I use mostly Lightroom and Photoshop and some other photo editing software my question is when reinstalling my photo editing software do I put it on the SSD drive or the HDD drive and how do I actually do this I am a little confused since all my previous computers only had 1 drive any help would be greatly appreciatted!
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Install your OS on the SSD along with all your software, all current projects etc that you need access to also on the SSD. Archived/old files on your HDD along with your backups of data from the SSD.
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Install your OS on the SSD along with all your software, all current projects etc that you need access to also on the SSD. Archived/old files on your HDD along with your backups of data from the SSD.
Hi thank you for the response I have question when I first get ready to turn this computer on will it prompt me where to install my software thus giving me the choice to install all of the software on the SSD?
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It usually defaults to the boot drive which is your SSD. Install all your programs there. Use the HDD for the data/pictures files.
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It's easy. When you install your OS, you disconnect the HDD and leave only the SSD. Then install there, and the drive will be C:. When you install the editing program, you select some folder in C: to install it. As an example, when it asks for a destination, you choose
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It's easy. When you install your OS, you disconnect the HDD and leave only the SSD. Then install there, and the drive will be C:. When you install the editing program, you select some folder in C: to install it. As an example, when it asks for a destination, you choose
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That's a good idea AMD. Gotta keep that in mind.
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It's easy. When you install your OS, you disconnect the HDD and leave only the SSD. Then install there, and the drive will be C:. When you install the editing program, you select some folder in C: to install it. As an example, when it asks for a destination, you choose
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Yup, this. Easier for you to do this and remove any doubt than regret it afterwards!
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What about the option to clone the original hard disk drive to the new SSD. Then boot from the SSD. This should make the computer operate just as if it were using the original disk drive right?

I heard there is a utility with in Windows that does this cloning.
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That's the other option.
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Decided on Macrium Reflect 7. Creating a did image now saving to one of me external hard drives. Only 65gb to make an image of.

Since I am going to restore the image to a new SSD which will be used on the same computer. I believe all that I would is restore the image in the new SSD. Then boot the computer.
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Which one of these would fit a Dell Optiplex 280 computer. IMG_4655.jpgIMG_1480.jpg
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Which one of these would fit a Dell Optiplex 280 computer. Attachment 2568Attachment 2569
The model (or at least picture) of your motherboard should solve that. Usually you won't be missing drive bays in your case unless you added some drives before, but not all boards have M.2 connectors. If yours is old, chances are it doesn't have one.

After you rule out the interface, you would need to see if you have any drive bays available in your case.
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Will locate a photograph oh the motherboard. I see two photographs of motherboards for the Dell GX 280. Both look slightly different.IMG_4660.jpgIMG_1486.jpg
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Will locate a photograph oh the motherboard. I see two photographs of motherboards for the Dell GX 280. Both look slightly different.Attachment 2570Attachment 2571
You don't have M.2 ports. You have SATA so you'll want this one: http://www.computerforums.org/forums...achmentid=2568

Make sure you have room to put it in your case... Or make some

And enough PSU cables to power it of course.
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You don't have M.2 ports. You have SATA so you'll want this one: http://www.computerforums.org/forums...achmentid=2568

The photographs that I have shown here shows SATA on them.

Make sure you have room to put it in your case... Or make some

And enough PSU cables to power it of course.


The above web page does not show the SSD only this.IMG_4663.jpg
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The above web page does not show the SSD only this.Attachment 2572
That's weird... Ok it's the large one. The one that looks like this:
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I purchased one just like this for my other newer computer. Was not difficult at all to install. Will purchase the SSD and have a computer expert do the installation. Probably even restore the c drive image to the SSD. Because I even bet that is just as complicated.
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I purchased one just like this for my other newer computer. Was not difficult at all to install. Will purchase the SSD and have a computer expert do the installation. Probably even restore the c drive image to the SSD. Because I even bet that is just as complicated.
Installing the SSD is very easy. I don't know about cloning drives since I've never done it before, but I bet it's just as easy. The software probably has some documentation you can read.
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Well on my 3 in 1 computer was verrry simple. Nothing to clone because the computer was new.
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