1.    25 Dec 2015 #1
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    Various questions involving ssd's. motherboard and installing win 10.


    Alright I am thinking of getting my 1st ssd, Now according to a program my motherboard has a max of sata 600 (sata 3 iirc), However all it shows in the program is a s-150 and a s-300 port open, would I assume the s-600 (sata3) port is the one my current hdd is plugged into?

    Next if I wanted to install a ssd, could I just take the cord out of the current HDD plug it into the ssd for the sata3 functionality, then just plug my old hdd into another sata port? Anwyay to find out exactly what sata type my current hdd is plugged into? Then again even the ssd in a sata 1 or 2 port would blow away a standart mechanical drive in performance I bet.

    Finally for installing win 10, would I just pop in the dvd I burned when I have the new ssd set as the C-drive in bios? (and change the other hdd to D.). Which cd-key would I use, my win7 one since it was a upgrade to win10? or is there someway to find my windows 10 cd-key they assigned me and use that when I reinstall? skipping the instalation of windows 7 entirely. Any setup tips I should know of? also, yes I know never to defrag a SSD, its pointless and just eats write cycles stupidly.

    This is the SSD I am thinking of getting: SAMSUNG 250GB 850 EVO SATA3... MZ-75E250B/AM from Mike's Computer Shop > Hard Drives & Storage > HDD-Conventional/Magnetic my storage drive will be 1.5 tb and I'll put pretty much anything other than games, windows and programs on it. or rather i'll just keep the stuff thats on it now since it has all that. I usually only have a few games installed at a time so a 250 gig SSD would be more than sufficent for my needs.

    I forgot to ask, if I don't have a proper mount for the ssd, can I just sit it on a piece of wood or something?

    As always thanks everyone and merry x-mas.
    Last edited by Scyris; 25 Dec 2015 at 20:38.
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  2.    25 Dec 2015 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scyris View Post
    Finally for installing win 10, would I just pop in the dvd I burned when I have the new ssd set as the C-drive in bios? (and change the other hdd to D.). Which cd-key would I use, my win7 one since it was a upgrade to win10? or is there someway to find my windows 10 cd-key they assigned me and use that when I reinstall? skipping the instalation of windows 7 entirely.
    As always thanks everyone and merry x-mas.
    Hi.
    I'll answer this part of your post.
    If the computer was upgraded from a qualifying OS, and currently shows "activated", then you can download the latest ISO and install without a key. Your activation is a "digital entitlement", and you can reinstall W10 as often as you like/need, no key required. Just remember, changing your motherboard or processor will require a new key, as it's considered a new system when you do that.
    Just FYI: If you were still running W7, and wanted to go straight to W10 with your new SSD, you could use the W7 key for activation now.
    For key info, see here:
    Showkey - Windows 10 Forums
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  3.    26 Dec 2015 #3
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    Ok well that answers that question now for the other two.
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  4.    26 Dec 2015 #4
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    You can mount an ssd any number of ways. A mounting kit is probably the best and they really don't cost much. I've seen where some have use double sided tape or even Velcro strips. If it's in a case that doesn't get moved around it can just be laid somewhere. They r light and take up very little room.

    As as for which port, you do want to use the sata3 port to get the most out of it. Plug your hhd into the sata2 port. You won't see that much difference and when you compare it to the ssd it would seem slow regardless of the port it's plugged into.
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