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Windows 7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation


06 Oct 2010   #100
rcanino

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

Beautiful! Thanks a million!

I guess there's nothing left to do but do it - install Windows...!

Thanks again you guys. Your help is very much appreciated.

I'll post an update after...


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06 Oct 2010   #101
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I just added this snip below under Step Two in the "Note" box to make it more accessible.

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06 Oct 2010   #102
rcanino

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

Uh-oh - I didn't do that - make it active.

I've done everything in Method One and Windows is happily expanding its files as I write this.

Being that I only created one partition, (crossing fingers) won't it default to making that the active one?

I'd read up on Diskpart so I knew I could format there, but I figured I'd let Windows do it. Same thing right?

as far as designating it active - I have to believe since it's the only partition it's the active one...?

Thanks BFK for all your help and your excellent work on this site - truly one of the very best on the web for Windows 7 imho.
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06 Oct 2010   #103
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You are correct, it will automatically be marked as active with no problem, some just want that option for other circumstances and it's easier to include it in the tutorial to save time; though in dual boot configs and repair situations it's a needed option for the ones that know how to use it effectively.


I'm glad to see you're getting along good and you are welcome!
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06 Oct 2010   #104
rcanino

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

ah great - I was pretty sure it had to default to "active." It's still a relief to hear you confirm it!

Yes, I'm downloading and installing updates now - the installation appears to be going smoothly so far.

Thanks!
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06 Oct 2010   #105
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Glad to 'hear' all is going well.



I didn't think to mention it until now but you did set the motherboard "Storage Configuration" to AHCI before you started the install, it does make a difference with SSDs, if not, it's not too late, have a look at this tutorial the link below.

Though if you didn't, run the WEI before and after to see the difference.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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06 Oct 2010   #106
rcanino

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

Yes I did do that beforehand - thanks for the reminder.

best part - my partition is aligned!! It says the offset is 64KB just like you recommended, and I understand as long as your offset is an integer divisible by 4 you're good to go. Not sure whether it makes a difference - depends who you read I guess - but it's nice to have it setup that way anyway!

I have a few questions about what I see in Device Manager. Should I start a new thread for those?

Anyway - thanks very much for the tutorials.
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06 Oct 2010   #107
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You would get better help in the correct forum; good to see you have this side sorted.



Click Here to start a new thread.
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06 Oct 2010   #108
rcanino

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

Will do "Kid" - thanks again!

turned out it was just a driver update issue - SSD was giving me 5.9 in WEI, now I'm rockin with a 7.8. Guess I can live with that
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06 Oct 2010   #109
derp55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello all,

I could really use some help in getting my SSD up and running again.

I've been using a Crucial C300 128 GB SSD to run Windows 7 Ultimate x64, but yesterday upon resuming from Sleep mode it crashed, and since then I've been unable to start Windows. It will go to the "Starting Windows" screen with the pulsing logo and never move forward.

I've since given up on the data currently in that SSD and would just like to be able to use it again. As such, I've followed the tutorial posted here, but when I get to the command prompt and try to run diskpart, I get the line:
"On computer: MINWINPC"
and a blinking cursor. Nothing happens.

Does this mean my SSD is dead?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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