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Windows 7: What to do after installing a ssd in a laptop?

18 Sep 2012   #1
paulobao

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What to do after installing a ssd in a laptop?

Hi,

I'm less that 24 hours of receiving my M5P 523GB ssd!

I saw many tweaks around but could anyone, please, tell me exactly what are the really necessary tweaks (and things that i must do before installing the ssd) ?
For example, I will not deactivate hibernate since I've 512GB! Of course I will deactivate defrag (if not automatically disabled by Win7 Pro).

I will not clone my actual hdd but instead I will restore my laptop to the factory state! (of course with the ssd installed!).

SSD like the sleep function? (I mean if I press F3 my lap go to sleep! Is this possible with the SSD?)

Thanks a lot,

paulo


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18 Sep 2012   #2
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

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18 Sep 2012   #3
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao View Post
tell me exactly what are the really necessary tweaks (and things that i must do before installing the ssd) ?
For example, I will not deactivate hibernate since I've 512GB! Of course I will deactivate defrag (if not automatically disabled by Win7 Pro).

I will not clone my actual hdd but instead I will restore my laptop to the factory state! (of course with the ssd installed!).

SSD like the sleep function? (I mean if I press F3 my lap go to sleep! Is this possible with the SSD?)
Off the top of my head, I can't think of anything you need to do differently than an HDD.

Is your hard drive alignment OK on your current drive?

There are a few things to check after you restore such as defrag, page file, System Restore, and alignment.

A factory restore will create the same partition structure on the SSD that your laptop had from the factory. Are you sure that is what you want?

I'd normally do a clean install, but you may have some reason you don't want to do that.
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19 Sep 2012   #4
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks a lot for the tips :-)
Yes my hdd is aligned and working great now!
I removed most of the bloatware (just kept some Toshiba apps that I found nice and not intrusive!). My system is booting really fast now and everything are function great!

I kow that the system restore will create the same partition structure but, could I change it after the restore?
If so, I will remove the sytem restore partition (since I created the recovery media just in case: DVDs and a USB flash!)

I like the restore to a virgin ssd/hdd because it is simpler: windows 7 Pro SP1 and all the drivers will be installed automatically from the restore media! After this, I only need to remove the "bloatware" that I do not want and remove the items I want at the startup (and I tested these stuff in the hdd to see if everything was ok and there was no issues!).

These are only my thoughts since I do not know much about it and all that I want is a reliable and robust system! A little speed boost will ok too .

paulo
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19 Sep 2012   #5
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao View Post

I kow that the system restore will create the same partition structure but, could I change it after the restore?
If so, I will remove the sytem restore partition (since I created the recovery media just in case: DVDs and a USB flash!)

I like the restore to a virgin ssd/hdd because it is simpler: windows 7 Pro SP1 and all the drivers will be installed automatically from the restore media! After this, I only need to remove the "bloatware" that I do not want and remove the items I want at the startup (and I tested these stuff in the hdd to see if everything was ok and there was no issues!).
Yes, you can change the partition structure after the restore, however.......

I wouldn't remove the factory restore partition. Why? Because the recovery partition is the most reliable method of restoring to factory specifications.

Your plan on restoring to the new SSD will likely work, but you should be aware that restorations can fail or require troubleshooting.

I can understand an aversion to a clean install if that would require a lot of program re-installation and configuration. It's worth a try.

But know exactly what your plan will be if it fails.
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19 Sep 2012   #6
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks again ignatz :-)
Hope everything works as planned!

I restore it to the factory fresh state 2 times (to test)! One from the partitition,and one using the 5 DVDs created by the Toshiba Recovery Media creator! Both worked 100% and with the same results :-)

The ssd will be delivered by ups portugal between 11:35 and 12:00 :-) (it is 10:24 now!)

paulo
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19 Sep 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

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You will be king of the hill with a 512 GB SSD. I can't recall anyone else buying one that large.

What brand did you get?

First thing I would do after the install is confirm the SSD will boot and then look at Windows Disk Management.

Then get your Internet working and post a screen shot of Disk Management if possible.

Then update Windows and get anti-virus going.

Then take a look in Device Manager, looking for errors.

Do you have your laptop's Ethernet driver downloaded and saved already? That's a good idea. The last thing you want to have happen is to not have a connection. You shouldn't need it since you are doing a factory restore, but I'd ALWAYS have that driver stored away somewhere safe.
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19 Sep 2012   #8
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

It is a Plextor M5Pro.
I will do that, thanks!

When you say "after install" do you mean after the hardware install or after the sw install?

There is a new firmware available for this model! I will check for the fw of my ssd and if it is not the updated version, I will try to make the update as the first step (after installing the ssd in the hdd bay). I have already the FW ISO file in a DVD and the boot order starting at the Optical device!
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19 Sep 2012   #9
ignatzatsonic

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I meant I would do those things immediately after I had done the system restore to the SSD.

Good idea on the firmware. It might not matter, but you may as well get it.

Be aware that firmware flashing is a delicate procedure. If it goes bad, you would be in a major problem. Be sure you are connected to AC power, not battery, when you make the change.

You never know what you might see in Windows Disk Management. You could have some unallocated space, but you should be able to add it to some existing partition.
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19 Sep 2012   #10
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

:-)...my ssd has arrived! No need for firmware update....
Manufact. Aug 2012; FW: 1.01.

I'm glad to receive a still hot one, and already with the new firmware :-).

Now I'm going to read the manual! First thing (and I like to read manuals, realy!).

Thanks for all :-) I will be post my "findings" here when I start the "activity"! But I need to calm down and only then I will start!

Cheers,
paulo


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