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Windows 7: Installing "boot" files to an SSD

24 Jul 2014   #51
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Also, after reinstalling, I'm not sure what the advantage of installing the iRST technology is as the computer boots as quickly as it ever did. Is the IRST technology in order to set up RAID?


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24 Jul 2014   #52
gregrocker

 

It RAIDs the SSD and HD together with the boot files and virtual paging file on the SSD to supposedly speed up boot and virtual memory. However if your Core i5 PC has plenty of RAM it may not even be calling on the virtual memory much, and you say it is already fast.

What might be interesting is installing Win7 to the SSD to look at that speed difference which we have seen done successfully here before. But it takes moving your User folders to HD and installing excess, lesser-used programs there too before you run out of space.

Since you're interested in choices I'd try it both ways, with and without IRST enabled. Maybe install to SSD. SSD is the best upgrade one can have for Win7.
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24 Jul 2014   #53
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The thing is that I'm probably going to be using Windows only for gaming until I get a gaming rig built, and using Linux for everything else. Because of that, I'm probably going to be installing and uninstalling very large programs fairly frequently. Would it be difficult to install other programs to the HDD from the SDD? I have a feeling that I would need to install most of the games to the HDD as 32GB is not very much space.
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24 Jul 2014   #54
gregrocker

 

I'd just try to enable the IRST to see if that speeds it up any. If not or it gives you problems you can still always partition the SSD and move the paging file there, since you said you have a fast boot now anyway.
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24 Jul 2014   #55
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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24 Jul 2014   #56
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

When I went to install the IRST driver, I got an error which said "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing this software." Also, after seeing how much space the Windows files (e.g. the ones that were installed when I reinstalled Windows) took up, I'd like to increase the size of my primary Windows partition. How should I go about doing that?
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24 Jul 2014   #57
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I recommend using a Partition Wizard Boot CD

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

But, could you post the latest shot of disk management ?
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25 Jul 2014   #58
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheAtomicGoose View Post
When I went to install the IRST driver, I got an error which said "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing this software." Also, after seeing how much space the Windows files (e.g. the ones that were installed when I reinstalled Windows) took up, I'd like to increase the size of my primary Windows partition. How should I go about doing that?
You were to have deleted all partitions during install according to the tutorial so why was any more than one partition present for the installation of Win7?

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Delete all the things: Delete all of your partitions. Seriously, get rid of 'em. You will be left with your 500GB disk, unpartitioned - and a 8GB drive, unpartitioned - this is your SSD. It only shows up as 8GB because 22GB of that is dedicated to RapidStorage cache, due to the driver you just installed. Now create a partition on the main HDD and let windows create the other necessary ones. Click next to continue installation.
Did you create another one for data or something else during install? If so simply delete it and extend the C partition in Disk Mgmt.

If you need help then post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

If you are not following the tutorial to the letter, then I would start over and do so because this may be the reason the IRST will not enable.
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25 Jul 2014   #59
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

No, I did only create one partition, but Windows creates other very small partitions automatically after the user creates the first partition. I did follow the tutorial to the letter, I was very careful and took my time doing it. I did not know of the extend function in Disk Management, I used that and was able to successfully do what I was trying to do.
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25 Jul 2014   #60
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

How is your machine running now?

Could you please post another screenshot of disk management as requested by AddRAM a few posts ago; So we can compare it with your earlier one?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
But, could you post the latest shot of disk management ?

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