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Windows 7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

06 Oct 2010   #90
Dave76

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Thanks tw33k.


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06 Oct 2010   #91
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

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Howdy guys!



Maybe we're making too much of this alignment issue, unless it's SSD specific; my SSD has really been abused, I've done more "clean alls" to it than I could count and have re-loaded the created image to it close to a dozen times and have never aligned it at all.

I have a paid version of the Paragon alignment tool and I just ran it and got this out-come; I would like to 'here' some opinions on this if you care to carry on with this topic.

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06 Oct 2010   #92
rcanino

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

Thanks you guys!
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06 Oct 2010   #93
Dave76

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If the image your using is aligned then when you restore that image then it should be aligned by default.

Which method did you install the origional OS with?

I have installed win7 on a SSD once. It was an unformatted new SSD, according to several checks it is aligned.
Only read about alignment issues, so, you may be right, maybe we're making too much out of this.
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06 Oct 2010   #94
rcanino

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

It seems like there's a lot being made about alignment on SSDs - I've read quite a bit in the last 2 days and I can't get a straight answer whether it really degrades performance or not.

I guess I'll just install Windows following BFK's Method, do the alignment if I can figure out how in DISKPART, and see what happens. I've been asking questions and gathering info for days now...eventually I just have to "do it!" I guess...

I appreciate very much everything I've read here - special thanks to Dave and BFK!
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06 Oct 2010   #95
Dave76

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Your welcome, You should have enough info to get started.

Let us know if you have any questions.
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06 Oct 2010   #96
rcanino

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

thanks Dave -

I guess I do have one last question before installing Windows:

Does anyone know how to do the alignment while creating a partition in DISKPART? Would it be 2 separate commands, create partition primary size=x <ENTER> and then align - or should it be done all on the same line?

The link you showed me last night was great but it was for aligning an existing partition so I'm not sure how to go about aligning one that I'm also creating.

I'll read up on DISKPART - I'm sure I'll figure it out - but if anyone knows I could use the time-saver. If not, no biggie - you've all been super-helpful and I appreciate it.

[edit: I found out how to create and align a partition in DISKPART - good ol' google. If anyone's interested, the command is create partition primary [size=n] [offset=n] [id=byte/guid] [noerr]

The last 2 parameters - I don't quite understand those yet, but since BFK didn't mention them in his Method I think it's safe to ignore them.]

Thanks!
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06 Oct 2010   #97
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Dave, when I did the original install I created the partition first with diskpart and did not align the partition at all, in essence I did it the way out-lined in the tutorial.

clean all, create, used the installer to format



Hello again rcanino.

I just worked it out for you, have a look at the snips below; be sure to do a format when you reach the place of the second snip.

Of course you will need to use your disk/partition info.

I would just use Windows disk management to create the other partitions you need after the install completes.

I would only have the SSD and no other HDD connected for the install.
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06 Oct 2010   #98
rcanino

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

You're the BEST BFK! (sorry Dave, you're the BEST too!)

Seriously -thanks very much. I wondered about that - just create the first partition and then use Windows to create the other 2 - and I meant to ask and now you've answered it - thanks again!

One thing - when you said "be sure to do a format when you reach the place of the second snip." I'm sure you mean that 40G partition right? And that's found under Drive Options (advanced)? I won't be dealing with the unallocated space until Windows is installed right?

sorry for the obvious questions.

Thanks again for your help BFK!
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06 Oct 2010   #99
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rcanino View Post
You're the BEST BFK! (sorry Dave, you're the BEST too!)

Seriously -thanks very much. I wondered about that - just create the first partition and then use Windows to create the other 2 - and I meant to ask and now you've answered it - thanks again!

One thing - when you said "be sure to do a format when you reach the place of the second snip." I'm sure you mean that 40G partition right? And that's found under Drive Options (advanced)? I won't be dealing with the unallocated space until Windows is installed right?

sorry for the obvious questions.

Thanks again for your help BFK!


Correct and you are very welcome.
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