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Windows 7: SSD / Backup - recovery


29 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
SSD / Backup - recovery

I decided to order this
OCZ SSD 2.5 SATA 50G Vertex 2, OCZSSD2-2VTX50G [OCZSSD2-2VTX50G] - $134.00 : Penta Group!
And i hope i won't be dissapointed, comparing my Western Digital 6400 AAKS with this SSD
Please tell me how to proceed whit the the backup - recovery image ?
Should i partition the SSD - 30 GB for OS and the rest of SSD,as "storage" for my backup image ?
You think it's a good idea ?! If i have the backup image on the HDD, it's going to be a bit slower when i do the recovery , comparing the same think, but on SSD ?
Or, should i leave all the 50 GB SSD for Windows, and all the backup images should be on the HDD ?
I use very often Acronis True Image, and i want to have a bit more speed when i make the backup and the recovery.
Please give me some good advices, guys.
Thanks in advance.
PS : the backup image it's about 4 GB - 5 GB, and i always have about 2 images.

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29 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I would suggest you use all 50 GB for the OS, and put all backup images on the HDD. The fun in the SSD is that it will boost your day to day activities significantly. At only 30 GB, you will always be close to full after a few installs, and then you will keep scrounging for space. I also recommend you put the page file on the SSD (since you have only 3 GB of RAM, you could use a page file).

I also use Acronis True Image, and don't really see a huge time to backup or restore since I run on a weekly basis (differential backup mode).
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29 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Also, please pay attention to Theog's links - old versions of Acronis have problems with alignment and restoration of images. I struggled with the 2009 version - no matter what I did, I could not get it to align correctly (the original image was aligned at 63 sectors, and it insisted on aligning at 63 in the SSD).

The new versions of Acronis claim to fix this. Unfortunately, I only upgraded after I moved to an SSD :-).

I can probably dig up more information on Acronis and alignment if you want it, tell me your version of Acronis.
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29 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hmmmm
I use Acronis True Image Home 2010 build 7,160
And i hope this version it's ok with the SSD.
Without Acronis i'm like a fish with no water
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29 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

From what I read, 2010 might be ok, if you do:

- partition image instead of entire disk image
- create the target partition on the SSD first, instead of letting Acronis do it

See below:
HDD image onto SSD disk | Knowledge Base
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29 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seeliewight View Post
From what I read, 2010 might be ok, if you do:

- partition image instead of entire disk image
- create the target partition on the SSD first, instead of letting Acronis do it

See below:
HDD image onto SSD disk | Knowledge Base
I didnt understand the second part.
Now i have a backup of my C partition, it's about 5 GB
Can i use that on the SSD ?? It was made on the HDD. Is that okay ?
Thanks a million.
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29 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

So, there are two ways of restoring:

- have a fresh, untouched target disk (the SSD) and restore onto it. Acronis will create the partitions according to the image you are restoring from, and then restore the data itself. The problem here is that Acronis will recreate the original alignment (which is from the HDD and is most probably not correct (63 sectors vs 1024 sectors)). We don't want this.

- create a new blank partition on the target disk first, before invoking Acronis. If you do this from Windows, it will automatically align the new partition at 1024 sector boundary, which is good for the SSD. Now reboot and use the Acronis CD (you created one, right?) to restore the HDD image onto the existing partition. This time Acronis will only put the data back, and you will have an aligned partition with all your data. We want this :-)

Remember: your backup should have been "partition only" not "whole disk". the difference is that the partition table information is added on in the second option, and it will sc*** things up.

Hope this clarifies things!
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29 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm affraid i cannot do this because i installed Windows with IDE in BIOS, and now with the SSD i'll have to change to AHCI.
Whatever i'm doing with the backup image, it won't boot, i guess.
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29 Jun 2011   #10

Win 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
I'm affraid i cannot do this because i installed Windows with IDE in BIOS, and now with the SSD i'll have to change to AHCI.
You could always change from IDE to AHCI when still running on the HDD. It involves only a registry change and a couple of reboots.
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