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Windows 7: SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7

14 Mar 2010   #99
lightningltd

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Hello to all my fellow and future users of SSD drives and Windows 7.
I wanted to set up an area with real-world tips on getting the most out of your SSD and the Windows 7 operating system. I will separate each type of tip to its own message to keep things easier to read and to follow.
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15 Feb 2012   #100
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Omazic.

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16 Feb 2012   #101
ICit2lol

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

Personally (as everyone is painfully aware) I just clone to a second drive in the machine - 128GB M4 to a Seagate 500GB 6Gbs too easy
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11 Apr 2012   #102
harmie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
harmie

This and several others have been very educational to me. However I have a situation that some of you have already laughed at, and I have searched and searched and can't find the answer.
I have a 250Gig OCZ SSD Sata 11 with Windows 7 Ultimate on it I also already have a 500 Gig Seagate SSD that I would like to use for storage.
The problem is I read how to use Diskpart and align he SSD for the OS, but I can find nothing on how to use and configure a SSD for storage. The OS SSD was configured as the Primary Drive but how a I to set up the second SSD and configure it for storage? I need some step by step instructions here!
I know I am not posting this where it should be, but perhaps an adminstrator will repost it for me.
Please help!
Lost,
harmie
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11 Apr 2012   #103
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harmie View Post
This and several others have been very educational to me. However I have a situation that some of you have already laughed at, and I have searched and searched and can't find the answer.
I have a 250Gig OCZ SSD Sata 11 with Windows 7 Ultimate on it I also already have a 500 Gig Seagate SSD that I would like to use for storage.
The problem is I read how to use Diskpart and align he SSD for the OS, but I can find nothing on how to use and configure a SSD for storage. The OS SSD was configured as the Primary Drive but how a I to set up the second SSD and configure it for storage? I need some step by step instructions here!
I know I am not posting this where it should be, but perhaps an adminstrator will repost it for me.
Please help!
Lost,
harmie
Hello Harmie,

You would just need to install and format the SSD like any other HDD to use it as a data drive. Nothing special needed to do at all.
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11 Apr 2012   #104
ICit2lol

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harmie View Post
This and several others have been very educational to me. However I have a situation that some of you have already laughed at, and I have searched and searched and can't find the answer.
I have a 250Gig OCZ SSD Sata 11 with Windows 7 Ultimate on it I also already have a 500 Gig Seagate SSD that I would like to use for storage.
The problem is I read how to use Diskpart and align he SSD for the OS, but I can find nothing on how to use and configure a SSD for storage. The OS SSD was configured as the Primary Drive but how a I to set up the second SSD and configure it for storage? I need some step by step instructions here!
I know I am not posting this where it should be, but perhaps an adminstrator will repost it for me.
Please help!
Lost,
harmie
Hiyya harmie mate don't get down in the mouth mate Brink has shoved you in th right direction. It's not really a big deal and believe me I am only sort of savvy and if I can do it you can - gotta believe in yourself mate
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12 Apr 2012   #105
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harmie
Sorry to contact you this way, but there are lots of post on this Site that says not to format a SSD. I have the OS installed and getting 7.2 on the WEI. I also have a new SSD with nothing on it, not even a Drive letter. Do I make it a primary disk also as the first with the OS? Or do I create a Simple Volume? I want it to be an extension of the first, so I can but the Program Files or Windows Logs, or I don't know which folders to add to it for storage. Users, Library's, or what. I have read and printed so much from your site that I am out of ink and so tired I could scream. I am disabled in a way that prevents me from setting up very long so I am at a disadvantage in this challenge. I have a newer computer with later drivers for the ATA/ATAPI controllers than lightningitd posted.

However no one says what to do with the new SSD- use Intel Management Interface Engine and create an extended volume-assign a title to the volume as a drive letter ( I thought it would be continued as drive C:\, make a simple volume, or what in order to get it to be a storage drive for the OS. Getting the right folders into the drive and move them from the OS SSD or creating them anew. There are so many questions because everyone discusses using a HHD as Storage in stead of a SSD and they don't get into enough detail for a layman. I keep searching, but I guess a lot of people don't use Alienware Computers with the Intel Management Engine Interface. I think a second SSD is also uncommon as a storage device!

Thanks so much for your help, I hope you can better understand my situation. That is the best I can explain it without questions I can understand and answer.

Thanks again.
harmie
Harmie,

You would basically just treat a SSD the same way you would a HDD, except that you do not defrag a SSD.

Since this is a separate physical SSD, it's free space cannot be added to your other SSD. Instead, all you will need to do is to indeed create a new simple volume from the unallocated space on the SSD that will format it and give it a drive letter. The tutorial below can give you more details on how to in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc).
Partition or Volume - Create New
Afterwards, you will be able to save what you like to the new SSD. While installing some programs, they may give you the option to select where to install them at. If so, you could select the new SSD. The new SSD would be good to keep backups on as well.
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15 Apr 2012   #106
harmie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Now I understand more than I ever hoped just reading this. I hope the like you provided will tell me what folder and backups I can use it for. One other question is on the Intel Rapid Storage Technology. I was trying to understand the Info it provides, and reading other Seven Forms post, I was under the impression that I could put Apps, the Users, Program folders and ect onto a seperate HHD, and could not understand why I can't do the same on a SSD. I will follow this link and try to learn something. That is the thing about computers. Right when you think you are getting pretty good, everything changes, the OS and the Computers and now the storage!
Many Thanks!
harmie
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16 May 2012   #107
ICit2lol

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

Now I have my system running at something fairly good I decided to follow Leo's tut on transferring the User and TEMP files to my HDD form the SSD but nothing is happening and I am obviously doing something wrong and I cannot quite see what. The tut is using XP so my right click on Computer comes up slightly different.

I highlight the path I want to transfer and specify the E: drive as per Leo but a check afterwards shows nothing in the HDD. Can someone give me a pointer please?
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02 Sep 2012   #108
pcfan

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Hi guys first of all thanks for creating this awesome guide now i will like to contribute that i read that for us people running Windows 7 using sata III controller will be more beneficial have indexing turn off than on
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20 Dec 2012   #109
bberkey1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok so I'm a rookie to the SSD world, but if I buy a new laptop and swap out the factory hard drive for a SSD should I be following these steps? I would be doing a clean install to start fresh so with that in mind, during the instillation process is this where the SSD tutorial comes into play?
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