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Windows 7: Installing on an SSD


13 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 
Installing on an SSD

I tried to search but couldn't really find anything on the subject. I just got a 64gb SSD and am getting ready to put it in my machine and do a clean install. Is there anything special I need to do before or during the install? I've heard a couple things like reformating or aligning the partition? Do I need to do any of these things?

Also, once its finished I know you are supposed to disable defrag and windows should turn it off automatically, but is there anything else I need to check and turn off?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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13 May 2010   #2

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wakeboardr116 View Post
I tried to search but couldn't really find anything on the subject. I just got a 64gb SSD and am getting ready to put it in my machine and do a clean install. Is there anything special I need to do before or during the install? I've heard a couple things like reformating or aligning the partition? Do I need to do any of these things?

Also, once its finished I know you are supposed to disable defrag and windows should turn it off automatically, but is there anything else I need to check and turn off?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Have you seen this thread?

SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7

Cheers!
Robert
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13 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wakeboardr116 View Post
I tried to search but couldn't really find anything on the subject. I just got a 64gb SSD and am getting ready to put it in my machine and do a clean install. Is there anything special I need to do before or during the install? I've heard a couple things like reformating or aligning the partition? Do I need to do any of these things?

Also, once its finished I know you are supposed to disable defrag and windows should turn it off automatically, but is there anything else I need to check and turn off?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Have you seen this thread?

SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7

Cheers!
Robert
Thanks. No I hadn't seen that thread before or I just overlooked it. It seems to have alot of great information on after you have installed the SSD. I'm wondering more about what I need to do to install it. Can I just plug it in right out of the box and install windows, or should I do anything to prepare the drive? Like reformating to a certain setup or realigning the partition and such. Also should I set it up as ATA or AHCI? I'm pretty new to this so I don't know what alot of these terms mean.

Thanks again
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13 May 2010   #4
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After you install the SSD, it will only showin Disk Management - probably as RAW space. I suggest you initialize it (right click on the left side where it says Disk0, Disk1, etc). Then right click on the right side and create a primary, active partition, make a quick format and assign a drive letter.
Alignment, switching defrag off, etc. will be done by the Windows 7 installer. It also switches Superfetch off that I always switch back on.
ATA AHCI is fine. It is supposed to give you a smidget more performance - although I run mine as IDE.
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13 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

OK thanks a bunch. I figured the windows installer would do most of whats needed but just wanted to make sure. Time to hurry up and eat dinner so I can get going on setting it up.
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13 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I have installed Windows 7 Pro on SSD's (OCZ Vertex, Crucial RealSSD, and currently Intel X25M 160GB). All I have done is make sure the SSD is connected to SATA port 0 to begin with. This is important for your BIOS to see the drive. I believe it can be 0, 1, or 2. but for one SSD, port 0 is best to begin.

Before installing SSD in your computer, go to BIOS and select AHCI or IDE in BIOS for your SATA connection. Boot to your Windows 7 install disc, and just run setup, no need to format, just select the SSD, and go. Windows 7 will automatically format and align the drive.

Like I said, after doing this for many SSD's, it is all you need to do.

Great Windows 7 and SSD tweaks here: (also a great forum in general, lots of great guides and info).
Guide * Windows 7 Ultimate Tweaks & Utilities *
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13 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Well I got it installed and up and running. I think I've got just about everything set up like it should. Defrag and superfetch are off. Is there anything else I should turn off or disable?


Oh and SSD's are AMAZING! My restart time is now 30seconds flat. It was 70sec on my old drive.
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13 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Go to your drives properties and uncheck indexing.

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Oh and SSD's are AMAZING! My restart time is now 30seconds flat. It was 70sec on my old drive.
Aren't they great, photoshop here opens in 2-3 seconds!


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13 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Got it. Thanks


I haven't gotten all my programs and stuff reinstalled yet but I can't wait to see how fast things open up and run on it.
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14 May 2010   #10

windows seven , windows xp pro and ubuntu
 
 

have fun
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