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Windows 7: Restore backup or fresh install?

11 Jan 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

Up to you.


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11 Jan 2011   #12
rvbfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

This is what I use to backup Firefox. I believe
it can be used for Thunderbird as well.
FEBE Firefox Extension
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11 Jan 2011   #13
scar69

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

I backed up firefox and thunderbird with FEBE and TEBE and am now cleaning the drive with diskpart. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.
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12 Jan 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Be sure to post back with the outcome.
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12 Jan 2011   #15
scar69

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

Okay, now I am having some trouble with diskpart. For some reason it will not clean the ssd. I have followed the steps outlined in this guide SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
I have disconnected all other hdd's in the system and the ssd is the only one left, it is also connected to sata 0 port. Last night I tried running it and it went for over 2 hours before giving me an error message that I didn't write down and now can't remember. I immediately restarted diskpart after the error and ended up leaving it running over night. It is still running, seems to be stuck at #3 with the blinking cursor and not doing anything. It has been about 6 hours now. Any ideas? Thanks
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12 Jan 2011   #16
scar69

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

I ended up downloading GParted and burned it to cd, then wiped the ssd with no problems. I'm just about to start the Win7 reinstall.
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12 Jan 2011   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would have used Wiper or Sanitary Erase to clean the OCZ Gen1. That would give you a performance boost (for write operations) since it you probably have no Trim. Guide Sanitary Erase and Wiper
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12 Jan 2011   #18
scar69

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

I upgraded the firmware from 1.5 to 1.6 and it supports trim.
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12 Jan 2011   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scar69 View Post
I upgraded the firmware from 1.5 to 1.6 and it supports trim.
That's good. I did that too with my Gen1.
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12 Jan 2011   #20
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scar69 View Post
I just found where I can choose which files and folders I want to backup. If I select Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Program Data would I be able to restore all my programs to their current states? Or will I still have to reinstall them all along with activation codes?
This is separate from getting your SSD sorted.
"Backup & Restore" has 2 very different parts.
(1) Images (snapshot of everything). Here you may get partition options
(2) File/folder backup. Only here will you get folder options. I'd pick the default folders (generally all personal material). Add any additional folders with care.
Don't select anything like Programs, Programsx86 that's taken care of with images. It generally will only let you tick these boxes to back up non system contents - don't bother.
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