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Windows 7: Is it possible to move programs from SSD to HDD with out reinstall?

12 Jun 2013   #11

Win 7 Home Premium 32 bit

The installation instructions that came with my SSD said, among other things, to disable System Restore and not run Defrag. There was an explanation of why but it was over my head lol.

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12 Jun 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Defrag should be definitely disabled because it only puts an extra stress on the SSD without any gain. Reason is that the access to data is just as fast to any location on the SSD and a 'record compaction' (which defrag essentially does) will not yield any advantage. But the extra write operations for that compaction reduce the lifetime of the SSD.

System restore is another matter. It is mainly a space consideration. If you can afford a few GBs on the SSD to store the restore points, I would recommend to enable system restore. Each restore point needs 500MB to 1GB of space. So a 3 to 4GB space allocation for the shadowstorage (that's where the restore points are being stored) may be appropriate. The extra write operations are insignificant because restore points are not written that often.
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12 Jun 2013   #13

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit

CCleaner Docs Page
Piriform - CCleaner

The CCleaner cleaning tools should be safe to use on SSDs as they just delete "junk" files (based on your chosen settings).

Disc Wiping is for HDDs.

Data erasure (also called data clearing or data wiping) is a software-based method of overwriting the data that completely destroys all electronic data residing on a hard disk drive or other digital media. Permanent data erasure goes beyond basic file deletion commands, which only remove direct pointers to the data disk sectors and make the data recovery possible with common software tools. Unlike degaussing and physical destruction, which render the storage media unusable, data erasure removes all information while leaving the disk operable, preserving IT assets and the environment.

Software-based overwriting uses a software application to write patterns of pseudo-random meaningless data onto all of a hard drive's sectors. There are key differentiators between data erasure and other overwriting methods, which can leave data intact and raise the risk of data breach or spill, identity theft and failure to achieve regulatory compliance. Many data eradication programs also provide multiple overwrites so that they support recognized government and industry standards. Good software should provide verification of data removal, which is necessary for meeting certain standards.
Data erasure - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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