I'm looking to getting a replacement hard drive soon, to switch my 200GB primary drive for a larger SSD drive, most likely this one
since it got recommendations, although I'm curious now about this larger and cheaper one
The reason I want to make it my primary drive is so it has more space for when I'm using programs that require temporary drive space (my 200GB constantly fills up, even when I've deleted as much as I can), and so that I can take advantage of the SSD speed for opening Windows programs and browsing on the internet.
I just had a few questions on how to do this as painlessly as possible, since it's been quite some time since I've switched my primary drive.
1. Is it possible to swap the primary drive without resetting/losing any settings or files on my current drive?
2. If not, then what will be reset/lost upon installing the new primary drive, and how can I backup what can be transferred over afterwards?
3. Does the size of the drive matter, if it's 2.5 or 3.5? All of my hard drives are the latter, not sure how to check if my tower/mobo can use the former.
4. For installed games to take advantage of the SSD speed, does the game in its entirety need to be installed on the drive itself? Or can I put a certain portion of it while keeping the bigger files saved on one of my bigger drives?
5. Will I have to do anything else to make programs/games "SSD compatible", or will it work right out of the gate?
Edit: I use Windows 10 by the way.