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Windows 7: 2 HDD = 1 C Drive question

10 Dec 2013   #41
eiranix

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Awesome thanks for the tips and links.

Alphanumeric - what I meant by that second part was if it all went wrong with the new drive for whatever reason could I still put the original raid-0 drives back in and have them work as before or will the raid be permanently destroyed?


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10 Dec 2013   #42
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eiranix View Post
The idea of transfering the recovery partition is so I can reinstall a fresh copy of windows after getting the new drive working.
Instead of doing the above, make an image of your C: drive. When you have things the way you want them, go to this site Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download and follow directions. I have restored the image many times on mine and have never had it fail. I have mine set to make a new image once a week so I am always current. I use a 500 GB drive to put the images on. After a few weeks I delete the old images and keep the three most current on the drive.
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11 Dec 2013   #43
eiranix

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

bigmck- I decided since I'm forced into getting a new HDD then I might as well install a fresh new copy of windows so everything runs as well as it can. But what I will do is make an image of the fresh installation in case I ever need to go back to it.
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11 Dec 2013   #44
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eiranix View Post
Awesome thanks for the tips and links.

Alphanumeric - what I meant by that second part was if it all went wrong with the new drive for whatever reason could I still put the original raid-0 drives back in and have them work as before or will the raid be permanently destroyed?
If you take both drives out and put them aside and don't do anything to them, you can put them back in, in their original positions and go back to what you have now. Keep track of which drive was in what bay and any BIOS settings you change when you setup the SSD.
If you only take the one drive out, and then reuse the second drive by formatting it, your RAID array will be gone. To go back you would have to reinstall Windows to the RAID array. Or restore an image you made of the original install.
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11 Dec 2013   #45
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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I would not run any OS on a HDD. I still have 6 SSDs and I love them. On my desktops they are all 60GB which cost $60 to $80 these days. For the data you might consider a SSHD. This one was $95 with promo code. Raid is too complex.
Actually, for data only, an SSHD would be a poor choice. Those are best for boosting loading speeds on an OS and a few programs that get used repeatedly because the cache (the SSD portion) will retain only what has been used the most recently. Unless one is retrieving the same limited amount of data only repeatedly, using an SSHD will not have any benefits and may even slow down data access.

The SSHD whs linked has only an 8GB NAND chip (the SSD part) which will limit any possible gain in performance. The SSHDs are best for netbooks, notebooks, and small laptops that have only one drive in them. Even then, they are of benefit only if you are using the machine for limited applications, such as just web surfing and opening only a few applications, such as Word, frequently. I tried one in my Lenovo G570 and, at first, it improved boot and program loading speeds but, over time, it actually became slower than the original HDD because I'm frequently moving data on and off the SSHD and confused the snot out of the poor little thing (if I can get my rear in gear today, I'm replacing the SSHD with an SSD later today).

If you decide to use a small, more affordable SSD for a boot drive in one drive slot and use a HDD for data only in the other drive slot, what would be a better choice for a data only drive would be to install a 7200 rpm HDD if the original is a 5400 rpm HDD. Even though 7200 rpm spinners draw more power than 5400 rpm drives, you would still gain a bit more battery life because one of your existing power thirsty spinners will have been replaced with the power sipping SSD.

If 1TB is not enough storage space for you, running two 7200 rpm spinners will give you a bit more performance at a moderate reduction in battery life. Another option would be to replace one with a new dual drive Western Digital has just come out with. This one has a 120GB SSD combined with a 1TB spinner. Unlike SSHDs that use the NAND for a cache, this drive allows you to see the SSD portion and the spinner portion as separate partitions and would allow you to use the SSD portion to put your OS and programs on and the spinner portion for data only. The downsides are it is brand spanking new with no track record yet (you would be a pioneer), the SSD part runs slower than most SSDs run now (although still much faster than a spinner), and it is expensive. For not much more, you could buy a good, near top of the line 500GB SSD, such as the Samsung EVO. You could partition it so the OS and programs have their own partition and use the rest for storage.
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12 Dec 2013   #46
eiranix

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for everyone's input. I have just got myself a new SSD and loaded everything onto it with surprisingly no problems. It's like a whole new computer with the speed that windows and my other software loads... Now using my 1 still healthy 1TB drive for storage.
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12 Dec 2013   #47
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

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