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Windows 7: OS on SSD...


16 Jan 2012   #1

 
OS on SSD...

Equipment:
A Gateway DX4860 i7 computer with 16 Gb of memory.

A Mushkin Chronos deluxe 240 Gb Solid State Drive that I installed internally after purchasing DX4860.

I installed the OS from the Gateway to the SSD by backing up the C: drive with Easeus Utility and restoring to the SSD.

Is this the correct method of installing Windows 7 to the SSSD since there are no Win 7 install CDs? Should I purchase a copy of Win 7 and install properly on the SSD?

When restarting computer with the SSD, I do hear disk noise from the HD, so not sure if OS on SSD is running.

It does restart a little quicker using the SSD rather than from the HD, but by much.

Another issue is, I was unable to install Phtoshop CS5 on the SSD. I tried several times, even telling it to install on the SSD ( F: drive ), but PS still ended up on the C: drive.

Thanks for your help and advice.

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16 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Please check this excellent tutorial.

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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16 Jan 2012   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

See comments in bold below.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by inhaliburton View Post

I installed the OS from the Gateway to the SSD by backing up the C: drive with Easeus Utility and restoring to the SSD.

Is this the correct method of installing Windows 7 to the SSSD since there are no Win 7 install CDs? Should I purchase a copy of Win 7 and install properly on the SSD?

That's one way to do it. I think you could also download Win 7 ISO, burn it to a DVD, install, and then activate with your existing Product Key.

When restarting computer with the SSD, I do hear disk noise from the HD, so not sure if OS on SSD is running.

Unplug the HD and see if you can boot.

It does restart a little quicker using the SSD rather than from the HD, but by much.

Boot times from an SSD are typically around 30 seconds, versus 50 seconds plus on an HD.

Another issue is, I was unable to install Phtoshop CS5 on the SSD. I tried several times, even telling it to install on the SSD ( F: drive ), but PS still ended up on the C: drive.

Something is goofy if the SSD is F, not C.

Did you unplug the HD before installing to the SSD? Although I don't think that would matter since you restored an image rather than installed from an installation disc.



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16 Jan 2012   #4

 

Thanks for both replies. I was doing okay until I read about that 100 mb partition and the ISO business.

The SSD won't boot with the HD unplugged.

No, I didn't unplug the HD before installing to the SSD.

Looks like I should format the SSD and do the ISO thing.

In the meantime, I'll read the tutorial again. I'm sure to have many questions as I grind through the process.

I appreciate the good advice here!

Regards, Paul.
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16 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome, Paul.

Please post back if you run into problems and you're sure to get a reply.

Our members live in different parts of the world, so with the difference in time zones it's very rare for there to be no-one about.
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16 Jan 2012   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
You're very welcome, Paul.

Please post back if you run into problems and you're sure to get a reply.

Our members live in different parts of the world, so with the difference in time zones it's very rare for there to be no-one about.
Thank you very much for your offer.

I'm going to go the easier route and purchase that suggested program to make my life easier.

I'm in the process of "wiping" the SSD drive.

I booted from the "Gateway" drive which is C:

The SSD is F.

What I want to end up with is the SSD (which is currently F): being the C: drive and the current C: Gateway drive (with Windows 7 on it) being perhaps D: I thought I had achieved this using EaseUS but, apparently not.

The reason being is I spoke with Adobe about not being able to install Photoshop CS5 on the SSD drive, which is now F. They told me that Photoshop likes being on the C: drive. Seems odd, but that's what they told me.

Regards, Paul.
Wellington, ON Canada
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16 Jan 2012   #7

 

Here's where I'm at:

I wiped the SSD.

I performed the following:

From Command Prompt:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary align=1024
Active
Exit

Verified info:
Partition 1.
Primary
Size 223 GB
Offset: 1024 kb

I have formatted the drive using Partition Wizard.

Question:

The SSD drive is now "Primary" and "Active." Is this okay?

I'm going to use Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 2.0 software.

What is my next step?

Do I have to create that 100 mb partition mentioned in the tutorial?

Thank you.

Paul.
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17 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Because the SSD drive is marked as Active it means that is where the Master Boot Record is stored so you don't need the 100 MB partition.

Just follow the instructions in the tutorial and Paragon Migrate to transfer your OS. You need to image the partition to an external source, and then pull the image onto the SSD.
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17 Jan 2012   #9

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Clean the Drive using with Step One of this tutorial, using the CLEAN command,(no need to use CLEAN all)
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Do not partition or format.
Reinstall using the Acer Recovery Disks.

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
Using the Acer Empowering Technology > Acer eRecovery Management.

OS on SSD...-acer001.png

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer


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17 Jan 2012   #10

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Because the SSD drive is marked as Active it means that is where the Master Boot Record is stored so you don't need the 100 MB partition.

Just follow the instructions in the tutorial and Paragon Migrate to transfer your OS. You need to image the partition to an external source, and then pull the image onto the SSD.
Here's what I did (as best I can remember) after my post last night:

I did format the SSD.

I had Parigon do its thing. However, at the end of the process there was an error message indicating that something didn't happen. Can't remember.

I initially disconnected the the Gateway drive and rebooted. Message I got, "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press key."

I rebooted with the internal Gateway drive. Now the SSD is not anywhere to be seen. Not in the boot menu, or in the BIOS.

Paul.
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