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Windows 7: SSD Upgrade questions

23 Jun 2014   #1
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 
SSD Upgrade questions

I installed a Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD along side my 1TB mechanical HD, moved the OS to the SSD and kept data on the hard drive, etc. It's all working quite well, but I have a couple of questions:

1. When I did the shrink on the hard drive partition I set it to 240 GB (240x1024 = 245,760,000). I intentionally made it a little smaller than the SSD's 256 GB (256 GB/1024 = 250,000,000) to make sure it would fit. I thought I'd be able to extend the size afterward on the SSD, but neither the Windows 7 Disk Manager nor EaseUS Partition Master see any extra room at the end of the partition. I did include the 100MB system partition at the front end but there should have been a few GB leftover - just curious

2. My motherboard only supports SATA 2. I've read that the benefit of an SSD is mostly the very fast access time, but I'm wondering if there would be some small additional benefit from installing a PCIe SATA 3 card? My mobo supports PCIe 2.0 and the BIOS has a boot from add-in card option.


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23 Jun 2014   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Please post a screenshot of your Disk Management window.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
Yeah there should be ~4GB of unallocated space. Post a snip of the disk management.
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24 Jun 2014   #3
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Please post a screenshot of your Disk Management window.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
Yeah there should be ~4GB of unallocated space. Post a snip of the disk management.
Here's the Disk Management window, and also the AS SSD test score.



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24 Jun 2014   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Not quite the proper way to post a snip as outlined in the tut.
From what little I can see all the available space on the SSD is used.
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24 Jun 2014   #5
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

A 256GB drive as specified by the manufacturer (in decimal) will be only 238.47 GB in binary which is the measurement used by the operation system.

Approximately GB (decimal) x .93 = GB (Binary)

So in your case, the full drive size is showing in disk management.

http://knowledge.seagate.com/article...S/FAQ/172191en
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24 Jun 2014   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yup, exactly what mine shows, although a have an unallocated partition.

SSD Upgrade questions-diskmngmnt.jpg


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24 Jun 2014   #7
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Not quite the proper way to post a snip as outlined in the tut.
From what little I can see all the available space on the SSD is used.
Was the original screenshot missing information? Anyway I redid it and I agree it looks better Thanks for the confirmation that the SSD space is being fully utilized.
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24 Jun 2014   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yeah it was a bit truncated and you used a 3rd party image host, we like them uploaded here at SF.
Yup, I think your SSD is fine. Thanks for updating the image.
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24 Jun 2014   #9
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Yeah it was a bit truncated and you used a 3rd party image host, we like them uploaded here at SF.
Yup, I think your SSD is fine. Thanks for updating the image.
Ah, thanks for the explanation. I'll remember to upload here next time. By the way, do the AS SSD numbers look OK?
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24 Jun 2014   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victek View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Yeah it was a bit truncated and you used a 3rd party image host, we like them uploaded here at SF.
Yup, I think your SSD is fine. Thanks for updating the image.
Ah, thanks for the explanation. I'll remember to upload here next time. By the way, do the AS SSD numbers look OK?
The 4K and access times are real good. It would do better I think if you have the Intel iastor SATA driver for that board. IT should be on the SATA_0 or SATA_1 header, I think.
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