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Windows 7: My first SSD how to clone to HDD partitions


01 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
My first SSD how to clone to HDD partitions

Hello to all
I have just Bought a new OCZ AGILITY 3 SATA III 120gb, And a new 500gHDD to use as for partitions and my back up with the ssd. I would Like to know is it Possible to partition the 500gb into ( 50gb - 50gb - 50gb - 150gb ) clone my SSD to the 150gb partition and run my APPs on one of the other partitions ??? the other thing is where should i put the system Reserved 100mb ?? windows install like to put them on a separate partition on the HDD !! i was thinking it is better to put system reserved + windows all on the SSD so its all there but im not sure ? How would u set this up if u were in my Place to get best performance ?? Thanks for ur help
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01 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

200 + reviews but no one answer HMM ?? it cant be that hard
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01 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

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01 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

This is what I do to get rid of the 100MB partition.

Hack to Remove 100 MB System Reserved Partition When Installing Windows 7 - Use method 3 - Trick to Remove 100.00 MB System Reserved Partition During Setup

I wouldn't partition the 500GB drive so many times. I'd just leave it as one big drive and use folder shortcuts instead. A new partition does not mean a new disk meaning the drive will be susceptible to disk thrashing if you're moving (cut/copy paste) more than 1 transfer to the drive.
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01 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I follow the instructions to use DISKPART and never actually create the 100 MB partition in the first place. On that system, I wouldn't over-partition anything. Have the SSD as one partiton for the OS/apps, and then use the 500 GB as a single partition for your user data. I'm not sure why people think this way, but what good is the SSD if you install your apps on another drive? Apps and OS on C....user data, like pics, docs, etc on D.

If you are concerned about backups of the system volume, use something like Macrium Reflect to create system images and store them on D.
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02 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I follow the instructions to use DISKPART and never actually create the 100 MB partition in the first place. On that system, I wouldn't over-partition anything. Have the SSD as one partiton for the OS/apps, and then use the 500 GB as a single partition for your user data. I'm not sure why people think this way, but what good is the SSD if you install your apps on another drive? Apps and OS on C....user data, like pics, docs, etc on D.

If you are concerned about backups of the system volume, use something like Macrium Reflect to create system images and store them on D.
Thanks Great advice i only have 120gb on SSD i think this is more then enough to fallow ur Instructions ! but i do i move Pictures and document to D ?? when they r in C already right ?? and if i copy and past then i have them on C and D Right ?? Can u Please explain a little more about how to move user data to D so i can save space on C ??

Thanks Much will be waiting
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02 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The first step is to not store the data on C in the first place. I don't know anyone who still uses the "My" folders that a user profile defaults to. On my systems, I create folders on D for Documents, Photos, Music, etc, and then I point my libraries to them.
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02 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The OP's question lead me to do some thinking. Since I've always been using method 3, is it better to use method 2 diskpart instead? Does method 2 or 3 results differ in any way?
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02 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I use Method 2 because it is done before installation, and it's a very quick process that takes less than a minute.
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02 Mar 2012   #10

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I've always used diskpart also. It's quick and easy and done at the time of install.
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