I have a new SSD drive, I want to use it to replace the old mechanical hard disk drive in a laptop.
The laptop had a new O/S (Windows 7 64-bit) installed about 9 months ago and I want to know if it's worth the effort to reinstall the O/S or if I can just clone the old HDD.
I have read discussions about differences between platter alignments in the HDD and memory/data pages in the SSD. I believe you can reconfigure the SSD to handle the problem of platter/page alignment, but even so the advice is coming down on the side of a reinstall because:
- Cloning can cause a misconfigured SSD and thus not achieve the maximum performance boost I am looking for.
- The misconfiguration is actually damaging to the SSD and will result in a reduced lifetime.
Is there quantified measure of the expected performance degradation for cloning (with or without reconfiguration)?
Is there a quantified measure of the any possible damage to the SSD and the reduction in its lifetime?