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Windows 7: I'm new to the SSD arena so I have a few uestions

30 Mar 2015   #51
mohab

Windows 7 Professional 64 bits
 
 

I thought of creating two patricians for the same reason I currently have two hard drives: One contains Windows and Program files while the other contains Macrium Reflect's disk images and Aomie disk mages. I guess it all boils down to speed, which is faster a big SSD with two patricians or two separate SSDs. By the way I;m satisfied with my current pair of hard disks but am considering switching to SSDs for speed. I'm trying to squeeze as much speed out of my Core two duo, 3G RAM desktop, while asking myself "is it worth spending money on this desktop which will have to be repaced some time soon.


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30 Mar 2015   #52
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would go for only one SSD - a 240GB model is under $100. I like the Mushkins.

Amazon.com: 240gb ssd

240gb ssd - Newegg.com
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30 Mar 2015   #53
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You`re not wasting any money on an ssd, you can it/use them on your next build.

Great price here, good catch WG

Amazon.com: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM): Computers & Accessories

Watch the Free Shipping option, it says Free Shipping if you qualify and then there`s tax.
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30 Mar 2015   #54
mohab

Windows 7 Professional 64 bits
 
 

Thank you, I have found a Kingstone Fury,
here
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01 Apr 2015   #55
mohab

Windows 7 Professional 64 bits
 
 

A last question before I go and buy my first SSD:

Since I have my hard drive imaged, would it be wise to restore the image on the SSD? My question is basically this: is an image made by copying sectors on a hard disk restorable on an SSD?
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01 Apr 2015   #56
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, people do it all the time.

Personally not how I or a lot of others might do it, but perfectly acceptable.

I believe it`s best to setup the ssd and do a clean install.
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01 Apr 2015   #57
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Before you restore the image, you have to align the SSD. Then after the restore you have to shut off defrag for the SSD. Also make sure that you restore both the C partition and the 100MB system partition. You might want to have a look a this tutorial:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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01 Apr 2015   #58
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Before you restore the image, you have to align the SSD.
WHS:

Are you referring only to the restoration of an image of an HDD to an SSD, and not to the restoration of an image of a properly aligned SSD to another SSD?

Or do you habitually always pre-align an SSD target, simply as a precaution, regardless of the alignment state of the source image?

I will be restoring an aligned SSD image to a new SSD within a few days and am currently running on an HDD in an external dock, to which I restored an aligned image of an SSD yesterday.
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01 Apr 2015   #59
mohab

Windows 7 Professional 64 bits
 
 

Folks I just discovered that restoring an image of my C HD on a new SSD requires a lot of complex steps and some extra software.

What about a clean install of Windows 7? Do I still need to "align the SSD" or do I just pop in the Window CD and install?
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01 Apr 2015   #60
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

ignatz, in this case the OP is going from a HD to a SSD so that`s why WG is saying to align the ssd 1st anyway.

In your case, you can just check the alignment again when you`re done.

Mohab, a clean install is suppose to align the ssd for you, but then you end up with the bloody system reserved partition ( a waste of space in my opinion )

I always use Partition Wizard to setup the ssd, you create the install partition (I use the entire drive), format, align and set the ssd active. Then install windows.

You can also do it using Diskpart with the install disc. I just like to use my Partition Wizard Boot CD because it`s so much easier.

When done it looks like this. (No Page File listed, I don`t use one) Not with 16 GB of memory
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