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Windows 7: Backing up an SSD

22 Sep 2012   #11
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post

One final question:

Since my HDD had a clean install and I did a backup of that , why did I have a problem when restoring to the SSD?
What did you use to backup and restore?


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22 Sep 2012   #12
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post

One final question:

Since my HDD had a clean install and I did a backup of that , why did I have a problem when restoring to the SSD?
What did you use to backup and restore?
Acronis Discwizard, which I have been using for years from HDD to HDD.
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22 Sep 2012   #13
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post

One final question:

Since my HDD had a clean install and I did a backup of that , why did I have a problem when restoring to the SSD?
What did you use to backup and restore?
Acronis Discwizard, which I have been using for years from HDD to HDD.
There should have been no difference in restoring to a HDD or a SSD. It sounds like you did everything correct. The Clean Install of the SSD was an important thing and you did it. I wish I could tell you more. Maybe one of the other guys can. Thanks,
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23 Sep 2012   #14
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Since my HDD had a clean install and I did a backup of that , why did I have a problem when restoring to the SSD?
You have several problems.
1.
Windows 7 installation for an SSD is NOT the same as for an HDD.
For one thing your HDD has prefetch files,
which are omitted by an installation to an SSD,
but you got them on you SSD by restoring an HDD image.
There are many other things different about what files, folders, and Services are needed between an HDD and an SSD,
so what the Installation did for the HDD was WRONG for the SSD.

2.
I learned years ago not to trust Acronis,
and perhaps your difficulties were compounded with an old version that might have lacked full knowledge of SSD peculiarities.

3.
You have said
"even though the partition nos. on the SSD were full nos. (based on division of 4096)"
I am not sure what you meant.
I do know that the special requirement is NOT the size of the partition,
but the offset of the start of the partition, and there is a special DOS command that can help there
(I think it is DiskPart).

I believe running at 30% of the expected speed is a natural result of having the wrong offset.
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23 Sep 2012   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan10 View Post
so what the Installation did for the HDD was WRONG for the SSD.
I'm not sure I entirely agree with this. There are some things to look out for and again these are mentioned in the tutorial I referred the OP to earlier.
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
My SSD is based on a HDD image (using free Macrium Reflect) with some tweaks. Windows will recognize the presence of an SSD and set some things automatically. An important thing is to make sure your SSD is aligned and this is covered in the tutorial. Also, defragmentation should be off.
If you find your SSD is not aligned the free Partition Wizard can align it after the fact.

If you want more tweaks look here
Windows 7 SSD Tweaking Guide
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23 Sep 2012   #16
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan10 View Post
so what the Installation did for the HDD was WRONG for the SSD.
I'm not sure I entirely agree with this. There are some things to look out for and again these are mentioned in the tutorial I referred the OP to earlier.
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
My SSD is based on a HDD image (using free Macrium Reflect) with some tweaks. Windows will recognize the presence of an SSD and set some things automatically. An important thing is to make sure your SSD is aligned and this is covered in the tutorial. Also, defragmentation should be off.
If you find your SSD is not aligned the free Partition Wizard can align it after the fact.

If you want more tweaks look here
Windows 7 SSD Tweaking Guide
Thanks for reply,

I've gotten so many differing opinions, that it's hard to make sense of them all.

I know the image recovery from SSD was aligned and Trim was enabled.
Still. the Read/Write times were terrible.

I am just going to buy the smallest SSD I can find (64gb) and use that as a target for my current SSD info.

Thanks to all who replied.

Paul
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23 Sep 2012   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
I am just going to buy the smallest SSD I can find (64gb) and use that as a target for my current SSD info.
If that's what you want to do then ok of course.

But for the sake of others once Windows and other software has been installed on your SSD to your satisfaction then standard imaging with software like Windows inbuilt imaging or (free) Macrium Reflect is perfectly fine. If this wasn't the case I would never have bought an SSD.

What is open to debate/preference is if your initial SSD install should be a clean install or based on an image from a HDD OS installation.
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