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Windows 7: Fresh OS install on SSD, how to get registries from HDD?

14 Mar 2012   #11
ragnaroks

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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Does your Samsung disk include any utilities? That may also be able to track how many writes, bad sectors, etc.
Yeah it came with norton ghost and its own samsung software (at work so I dont remember the name).

But on the samsung disk it said some utilities including TRIM. So TRIM is not standard installed on the SSD?


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14 Mar 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd avoid Norton Ghost if possible.

You should use TRIM. There is a way to determine if TRIM is enabled, but I can't recall what it is exactly. Possible a code mentioned somewhere in the SSD specs--or a setting revealed by a particular command issued from a command prompt. I don't recall.

I think most SSDs can and do use TRIM by default---my Intel does.

I just checked: I have written just over 1.5 Terabytes to my SSD in about 11 months. I will be long since dead before I wear out this SSD at that rate.
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14 Mar 2012   #13
ragnaroks

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

One last question since I'm going to keep going on with my fresh OS install.

What "hurts" the SSD most.
Like 5000 small files, (shortcuts, notepad notes, .doc files, etc etc) basicly files lower than 1N
or
10 big files of 1GB each.

I tried google but couldn't find a good answer.
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14 Mar 2012   #14
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I don't have a direct answer to that, but I suspect the distinction between large and small files is largely irrelevant. What matters is how many times a given cell is written to.

In the last hour, I downloaded the newest version of Intel's SSD Toolbox---it's only for Intel brand drives.

It has an "estimated life remaining" feature, as shown below in the second green bar. Note that mine is still rated at 100% after 11 months of use. The help file says it declines linearly over time to 1 and that even at 1 the drive will still be usable. The 100% figure is based on a wear indicator found among the SMART attributes.

Given that, I just cannot get excited over "wearing out" an SSD--or any distinction between small and large files.

I'm sure you might be able to concoct an SSD usage pattern that might be a cause for concern, but not for anyone who is remotely like a typical user.


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14 Mar 2012   #15
sjfinanceguy

Win 7 x64
 
 

I too am having a similar problem. I did a reinstall of Windows. I am reinstalling the software as we speak of each program. But the data is there more importantly. What is the best backup method, imaging? or backup? What software would you guys recommend hands down? I don't have a SSD. Thanks.
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15 Mar 2012   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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I did a reinstall of Windows. I am reinstalling the software as we speak of each program. But the data is there more importantly. What is the best backup method, imaging? or backup? What software would you guys recommend hands down?
How many physical hard drives do you have?

How many partitions on each of those drives?

Which partition contains your data?

The typical method is imaging for the Windows installation and "file by file" for data.
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15 Mar 2012   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Let me add a few things, if I may:

1. If you are not certain whether your SSD controller supports TRIM, there is an easy way to find out.
Open an elevated Command Prompt (run as admin) and paste this command into the Command Prompt window:

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

If Command Prompt returns a 0 (zero), your drive supports TRIM and it is enabled.
If it returns 1 (one), the file system has disabled TRIM for your drive. This means your drive's controller does not support TRIM.

2. DO NOT WORRY about the writes to the SSD. My oldest SSD (4 years old) has still a lifetime until 2022. By that time it will have long been in some landfill.

3. The fastest way to backup data is to make an initial copy to another drive and then sync the data periodically. But you can also image the data. The best program I have found in 5 years of imaging (and I used Norton Ghost on Vista) is free Macrium. If you like to try it, here is a tutorial to get you started: Imaging with free Macrium The main use, of course, is to image the system partition.
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