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Windows 7: Looking for Help with a SSD install

11 May 2011   #11
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
To clarify....

The Paragon Migrate OS to SSD is what I used when I first set up my SSD as suggested by whs. In addition to migrating the OS from a spinner to SSD drive, it will also automatically align the SSD drive.

The Paragon Paragon Alignment Tool can be used to align hard drives even after you install the OS. I have used this tool as well and will say it also aligns mechanical drives as well. Nice tool to have.
Which tool will restore and align from a backup image?


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11 May 2011   #12
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Neither one of those will do a backup or restore. Sorry

You should look at something like Acronis True Image 2011
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12 May 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
To clarify....

The Paragon Migrate OS to SSD is what I used when I first set up my SSD as suggested by whs. In addition to migrating the OS from a spinner to SSD drive, it will also automatically align the SSD drive.

The Paragon Paragon Alignment Tool can be used to align hard drives even after you install the OS. I have used this tool as well and will say it also aligns mechanical drives as well. Nice tool to have.
Which tool will restore and align from a backup image?
If you want to restore from an image, you have to create an active, primary, aligned partition yourself. SSD Alignment
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12 May 2011   #14
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

WHS, I did but apparently Acronis changed it. The image was from an aligned partition also. I could not get the Macrium disk to operate without freezing, so I used Acronis. I took the image from the disk, did a secure erase, partitioned and aligned the disk, then restored the image I had just taken. That's what confounded me.
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12 May 2011   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, is there a 100MB partition involved or is the C partition active. And are you saying that Acronis changed the alignment.

I have not used Acronis in years - always use Macrium. I wonder why the recovery program froze. That never happened to me. Maybe you should burn a new CD.
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12 May 2011   #16
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I have 2 disks that worked on my AMD computer. I assumed it may be the new technology on this P67 computer. To answer the first qiestion, there is no 100MB partition the C partition is active. Acronis had to change the alignment. I restored the image I had made 10 minutes before. I Then partitioned, aligned,formatted and made the partition active the after the secure erase and restored the image I had made 10 minutes before. I ended up with the drive aligned at 83. The image was aligned at 1024 and the erased drive was aligned at 1024, what happened in the middle must have been Acronis.
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12 May 2011   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is really dumb. Maybe an Acronis expert has an answer. Ask SIW2 or Greg, they may know. Maybe there is some Acronis setting to get around that. It looks to me like Acronis is reusing the alignment that came from the HDD. Check whether there is a "do not align" option.
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12 May 2011   #18
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

What version of Acronis are you using. It's my understanding ATI 2010 won't align a drive, whereas 2011 will. It's also been stated that if a drive is imaged while aligned, it will stay aligned when re-store the image - either version of Acronis.

I have ATI 2010 myself but have never tested this theory as I'll only restore an image if absolutely needed. That's me.

Anyway here's a few thread from Acronis forums on SSD's

- Solid State Drive Support in Acronis Products | Knowledge Base
- Restored image to new SSD - wrong alignment | Knowledge Base
- Is everyone exaggerating the steps for SSD alignment when upgrading to an SSD? | Knowledge Base
- Moving from one SSD, to a regular drive to another SSD | Knowledge Base
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12 May 2011   #19
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I have the free versions from Seagate and Western Digital. I used the Seagate version in my restore. It does not have some of the options described in your links. I guess I will Just buy one of the Paragon programs you suggested yesterday. I have done this in the past with the free Macrium without any problem. I just could not get the Macrium disk to work this time so I used Acronis. It's OK though. I can usually figure a way around any problem.
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12 May 2011   #20
Papalarge

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Guys
Thanks for all the input, I called where I bought the computer and found out that the disk that came with the rig will install windows 7 on any hard drive I put in this computer. If that is the case, where do I stand?
Thanks
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