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Windows 7: SSD Question

19 Feb 2012   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
SSD Question

I am thinking more and more about a SSD. The OCZ 120 GB is kind of in my price range. The screen shot below shows how my HDD is setup. I would expand the D partition to cover the whole HDD and make the SSD my C drive. Two questions == How do I expand the D to the left? I have Macrium Reflect V5. == If I unplug the C / D drive and put in the SSD, would Macrium restore to the SSD just like it does to the HDD or is it different?




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19 Feb 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. If you have a 120GB SSD you can restore your C partition to that because your C is smaller.

2. If you want to do it with Macrium (or any other imaging program), you have to first align the SSD and create an active primary partitions. Instructions are here

3. Once you are all done, you can expand to the left with the bootable CD of Partition Wizard

PS: Although I own 3 OCZs myself (and those are OK), I warn you. There are some OCZ models that had a few problems. Better check that. You may be safer with a Crucial M4.
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19 Feb 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Jim, I nearly forgot - since you are transferring the OS with an image, you also have to turn the Defrag for the SSD off.

And if you do not use hibernate, get rid of the hiberfile. The command is powercfg -h off.

You also want to set the OS and the BIOS to AHCI. OS first, then BIOS, then reboot. AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

No other tweaks are required.
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19 Feb 2012   #4
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

or the corsair force 3

i own both a corsair and an OCZ and both have been very good.

Personally as its a new drive i would start a fresh and not run from a clone image. its a good time to get rid of some rubbish!
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19 Feb 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Starting anew is not a bad idea if you take a MS .iso (e.g. from Digital River) that does not have all that OEM crap on it. But you are busy for 3 days with all the backlevel updates, program installations and settings.
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19 Feb 2012   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. If you have a 120GB SSD you can restore your C partition to that because your C is smaller.

2. If you want to do it with Macrium (or any other imaging program), you have to first align the SSD and create an active primary partitions. Instructions are here

3. Once you are all done, you can expand to the left with the bootable CD of Partition Wizard

PS: Although I own 3 OCZs myself (and those are OK), I warn you. There are some OCZ models that had a few problems. Better check that. You may be safer with a Crucial M4.

On the above #3, how do I go about getting rid of the info on C so I can expand D all the way to the left. My SSD would have all the C info on it and so would the HDD partition and both would be marked as C drive. What do I do to get rid of that conflict?
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19 Feb 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For #3, you have to delete the C volume and partition first. There must be Unallocated space (not freespace)From your SSD OS, you may be able to do that with Disk Management. Else use Partition Wizard bootable CD.

There will be no C conflict. The active OS will always be C - you'll see. The 'old' C will have another letter.
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19 Feb 2012   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
For #3, you have to delete the C volume and partition first. There must be Unallocated space (not freespace)From your SSD OS, you may be able to do that with Disk Management. Else use Partition Wizard bootable CD.

There will be no C conflict. The active OS will always be C - you'll see. The 'old' C will have another letter.
If I unplug the C / D drive, image the OS to the SSD and hookup the C / D drive again, then the old C will be a different letter. How do I make the old C unallocated? I would have thought I just format it, but evidently that won't work.
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19 Feb 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I would have thought I just format it, but evidently that won't work.
Why not ?? You can always delete it in Disk Management.
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19 Feb 2012   #10
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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I would have thought I just format it, but evidently that won't work.
Why not ?? You can always delete it in Disk Management.
When you said "Unallocated" and not free space, that led me to believe I couldn't format it. Great, I think I am clear on this now. My birthday is next month. I have to go and drop a few hints. Thanks for your help.
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