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Windows 7: Help Selecting SSD for PC

07 Aug 2015   #21
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N2Abyss View Post
Yes I DO have the product key, but have had trouble in the past with preloaded OEM's software!
Well, if you have a standard Windows disk, you won't get any pre-loaded OEM software.

Do you have a standard Windows 7 disk?

Or some type of Gateway Windows 7 disk?

Or something else?


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08 Aug 2015   #22
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Have two win7 disks, the one that came with the Gateway (Win7 Home Premium 64 bit) which probably has bloatware on it.
Then I purchased a (Win7 Professional) for my backup PC that maybe an OEM as well, because it states "Intended for distribution with a new computer" on it.
It's been a few years since I've installed these OS's but they both worked at the time.
If I were to have buy a new copy, whats best? I keep seeing download versions and "System builder versions? I would want the disk as well as a working product key at a reasonable price!
There's a lot of good deals, but many of them look fishy!

Thanks
N2
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08 Aug 2015   #23
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I don't believe Gateway and others have figured out how to load all of the bloatware on 1 disk
Unless there are 2 disks in that package ?

Same computer it should work still.
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08 Aug 2015   #24
ignatzatsonic

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Does the PC that will get the SSD still have the original Gateway motherboard?

Do you have any intentions of maybe replacing the motherboard in the future? Or not unless it fails completely?

Why are you considering a new copy of Windows?
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08 Aug 2015   #25
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Yes, Gateway Has original motherboard, will only need new OS software if original COA doesn't work. Will only replace motherboard if it fails.
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08 Aug 2015   #26
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N2Abyss View Post
Yes, Gateway Has original motherboard, will only need new OS software if original COA doesn't work. Will only replace motherboard if it fails.
Certainly should work if the "original COA" is taken directly from the sticker on the Gateway and if the disk you are using for the install is in fact the one that shipped with the PC from the factory and not a disk that you obtained later, after the Gateway was purchased.

What is your partitioning plan for the SSD and what is your backup plan in general, after you get the SSD installed?

What do you intend to do with those two 320 GB drives you now have?
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08 Aug 2015   #27
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Well, if If I go with the 500GB Crucial SSD for my Primary drive, (Not knowing a lot about Partitioning) we had discussed one option of just mounting a fresh install of Win7 and storing data there as well. So no partitions, just the 500GB SSD with Win7 and data.

I could use the other on-board 320GB SATA HDD drive for backups or extra storage.

I generally just image the C: drive once a week utilizing Macrium to an external HDD, and when it start's getting full, delete older backups.

The old primary 320GB replaced by the SSD (believed to be bad) will be junked out.

I generally use this pc for surfing the web, email, some photo editing and household record keeping, so I don't generate large amounts of data. It just always made sense to backup the whole C: assuring I had a OS and data backup in 1. the complete C: drive backup is usually about 92.9GB
While were still talking about this computer, I keep getting bugged to upgrade to Win10, I have seen 8 and to me, it looks more suited to touch screens? I didn't care for it and stuck with Win7, what about Win10? is it worth messing with or is it similar to 8?
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08 Aug 2015   #28
ignatzatsonic

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see comments in bold

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N2Abyss View Post
Well, if If I go with the 500GB Crucial SSD for my Primary drive, (Not knowing a lot about Partitioning) we had discussed one option of just mounting a fresh install of Win7 and storing data there as well. So no partitions, just the 500GB SSD with Win7 and data.

Nothing wrong with that. But you have only 93 GB grand total space used, so maybe a 240 GB SSD would be OK if your data is growing slowly?



I could use the other on-board 320GB SATA HDD drive for backups or extra storage.

Extra storage for what? What else could you possibly have beyond the 93 GB? Stuff from some other PC?

Backup space sounds like a good use for it, leaving it as an internal.


I generally just image the C: drive once a week utilizing Macrium to an external HDD, and when it start's getting full, delete older backups.

After you get the new SSD, I'd image it to the internal 320. And periodically copy everything on the internal 320 to the external as a second backup. The 320 internal backup will be faster than the external drive.


The old primary 320GB replaced by the SSD (believed to be bad) will be junked out.

OK

I generally use this pc for surfing the web, email, some photo editing and household record keeping, so I don't generate large amounts of data. It just always made sense to backup the whole C: assuring I had a OS and data backup in 1. the complete C: drive backup is usually about 92.9GB

Nothing wrong with that strategy if you have all data on C, not on a separate partition.

Are you making an image of System Reserved as well as C?

Have you ever done a Macrium restore? It can be confusing, so I'd urge you to familiarize yourself with it for test purposes so when disaster does strike you won't be wondering what to do next.

Maybe use the sick 320 as a destination to restore to as a test to learn on, after you get the new install on the SSD?



While were still talking about this computer, I keep getting bugged to upgrade to Win10, I have seen 8 and to me, it looks more suited to touch screens? I didn't care for it and stuck with Win7, what about Win10? is it worth messing with or is it similar to 8?

Yes 8 is more suited to touch screens. Win 10 is kind of in-between 7 and 8 on that score. No over-riding reason to worry about it now. The "free upgrade" is available till next July and you can always buy it outright any time you want.

If you did want to go to 10, the procedure would be to install 7 on the SSD, activate it, and then do the "free upgrade" from that to 10. You could NOT put the free upgrade to 10 on an empty hard drive.


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08 Aug 2015   #29
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

ignatzatsonic, Your probably right the smaller drive may be the way to go, it will save some money.
I don't quite understand your question (Are you making an image of System Reserved as well as C?)
When I make a Macrium image I select C: and image that whole drive.

If I understood partitioning and how program files were stored better, I would like to be able to partition just enough space on the primary drive for the Win7 OS, then have additional programs and data stored on the remainder of the primary.
I could image the partition that had the OS on it separately and it would be like a fresh install if the OS went buggy.
But I don't understand enough about all this to be that crafty, so I just backup everything.
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08 Aug 2015   #30
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

A little information so we understand thing correctly.

Drives have numbers. Partitions have letters.

A (C) partition can be and should be on Drive (0)
It can be allocated the complete Drive or a separate partition on the drive.

Example:

Help Selecting SSD for PC-disc-management.jpg

Disk (0) has a Reserve Partition with out a a letter as it should be.
Disc (0) also has a (C) partition with Windows 7 installed and all other data and programs. My choice at this time.

If and when I need another partition I can create one and give it a partition letter, Example: (F) partition on Disk (0).

Using these key words (Drive/Partition) correctly makes thing easier to understand for those trying to help.


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