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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System


11 Mar 2011   #289
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

How to Physically Install a SSD and Transfer the Operating System


Introduction

If you never owned an SSD, you have missed something. Yes, they are not cheap, but Dollar per Dollar there...

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17 May 2012   #290
Kili22

Window 7 ultimate x64
 
 
SSD and HDD

Hi,
It's posible to extend drive c: SSD to HDD drive f:
i have 60gb ssd as my drive c: and only have 18gb left
while my drive f: hdd 1tb still have a lot of space. Is that posible?
It has a tendency to affects on performance?

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17 May 2012   #291
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kili22 View Post
Hi,
It's posible to extend drive c: SSD to HDD drive f:
i have 60gb ssd as my drive c: and only have 18gb left
while my drive f: hdd 1tb still have a lot of space. Is that posible?
It has a tendency to affects on performance?
Technically possible, but complicated and not advisable.

A better idea is to move certain things from the SSD to the HDD and to remove unnecessary stuff from the SSD.
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17 May 2012   #292
Kili22

Window 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Ok but ssd to ssd its posible?
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17 May 2012   #293
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kili22 View Post
Ok but ssd to ssd its posible?

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure it can be done for an operating system drive.

It can be done for data drives, but it is not so stable and complex.

Google "dynamic disks" or "spanned volumes".
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17 May 2012   #294
Kili22

Window 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Ok i'll check it.... Thanks ignatzatsonic.....
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17 May 2012   #295
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kili22 View Post
Hi,
It's posible to extend drive c: SSD to HDD drive f:
i have 60gb ssd as my drive c: and only have 18gb left
while my drive f: hdd 1tb still have a lot of space. Is that posible?
It has a tendency to affects on performance?
Your problem is most likely that you have a lot of RAM and thus a large hiberfile and pagefile. I recommend as first action to get rid of the hiberfile. The command is powercfg -h off. Then reduce the pagefile to 1 or 2GB. That is ample.

In addition you can move all your user data (documents, pictures, videos, music) to the HDD. I recommend to create new folders on the HDD (possibly in a seperate data partition) and move the data there (rather than moving the default locations of the folders). Those HDD folders you can then INCLUDE into the corresponding libraries. Just right click on each HDD folder and you will see.

But do not attempt to move any system or program files to the HDD (exception would be program files for very large games which you have to direct to the HDD during the program installation). Although more is possible in some specific cases, it can be rather messy if you do not know exactly what to do.
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17 May 2012   #296
Kili22

Window 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi whs,
I have 16gb RAM, i7-2600k, 7850 2gb graphic card, 60gb SSD and 1TB HDD.
Can you give me a step by step procedure to do that i'm really don't have that much knowledge
on it...?
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17 May 2012   #297
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What exactly in the tutorial is not clear? With that much RAM, make sure you delete the hiberfile and reduce the pagefile to 2GB - else you will habe 30GBs of your SSD occupied by something you don't need.

Are you planning an OS migration from a HDD where your OS currently is or do you plan a fresh install.
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17 May 2012   #298
Kili22

Window 7 ultimate x64
 
 

What i mean is Deleting hiberfile and changing pagefile to 2gb? My os are currently in my SSD....
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17 May 2012   #299
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I think the command to turn hibernation off is powercfg -h off.

Page file: navigate to Control panel/system/advanced system settings/advanced tab/performance settings/advanced/change

Then set a custom size of 1024 initial and 2048 maximum.

That should make your SSD have a lot more space available.
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