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Windows 7: New SSD hard drive


11 May 2014   #1
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
New SSD hard drive

So I got my new SSD drive and I have hopefully saved my win 7 installation by imaging with reflect ..... think I'm about up to speed with that part of the operation, soon as I get my bigger external drive to save it on

so are there any preparations to be made to a new SSD drive, I mean does it need formatting?

its a 240gb crucial SSD drive at the mo just for windows operating system .... is this too big


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11 May 2014   #2
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

No, the bigger the better if you can afford it, I have a 256GB SSD myself for OS and program, User and PrgramData is on a HDD.

Check these steps out, although Macrium will format and align the SSD but may leave an unallocated partition.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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12 May 2014   #3

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

The size is fine mate as Britton says it is really a good starting size as the 120GB fills quite quickly and I use the same system set up as Britton does with my desktops anyway.
A good thing to do is and this is just my personal idiosyncrasy to make a back up of the registry after that first install
Registry - Backup and Restore

and then I have a regular (weekly - you can set what time intervals you like) backup of the boot drive with this Imaging with free Macrium
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12 May 2014   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
The size is fine mate as Britton says it is really a good starting size as the 120GB fills quite quickly and I use the same system set up as Britton does with my desktops anyway.
A good thing to do is and this is just my personal idiosyncrasy to make a back up of the registry after that first install
Registry - Backup and Restore

and then I have a regular (weekly - you can set what time intervals you like) backup of the boot drive with this Imaging with free Macrium
ICit2lol will look at that boot bk up thing ive been having massive problems with my win 7 boot/mbr file it deletes it self on a whim if I plug a new drive in "PQ5 Pro" (but maybe that's another post) ps moved to c drive from system reserved see if make better?
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12 May 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If you do a new Windows 7 install have only the SSD attached at the time. It's always best if only 1 drive is attached when installing Windows.
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12 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

I would also use windows imaging, it doesn`t hurt to have more then 1 image.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Important: The image you create has to be smaller then the HDD/SSD you intend to put the image back on. ( It has to fit )
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13 May 2014   #7

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I would also use windows imaging, it doesn`t hurt to have more then 1 image.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Important: The image you create has to be smaller then the HDD/SSD you intend to put the image back on. ( It has to fit )
Yes mate that goes for cloning too so with this on board you should be set.
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