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Windows 7: Show us your SSD performance

30 Dec 2010   #931
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

OK, let me clearify....

First off, I do understand that if I image/clone a new disk the old one needs to be removed as the primary boot drive so the new one can take over. I have 3 hard drives in my system, each with it's own OS

Now, once I align and format? the SSD drive, can I use Acronis True Image 2010's clone feature to clone the SSD drive?

Also, will the SSD drive be optimized doing it this way?

And I believe, though I'll have to double check, that I can shrink the partition with ATI 2010's clone feature.

Thanks


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30 Dec 2010   #932
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
OK, let me clearify....

First off, I do understand that if I image/clone a new disk the old one needs to be removed as the primary boot drive so the new one can take over. I have 3 hard drives in my system, each with it's own OS Correct - boot sequence is according to the BIOS setting.

Now, once I align and format? the SSD drive, can I use Acronis True Image 2010's clone feature to clone the SSD drive? Yes

Also, will the SSD drive be optimized doing it this way? You still have to do the alignment yourself and create a primary active partition. However, Acronis may be able to shink your current partition automatically but you better check that.

And I believe, though I'll have to double check, that I can shrink the partition with ATI 2010's clone feature. You can also use Disk Management or Partition Wizard. The ATI program I have never used.

Thanks
See in red above. But if you want to make your life easy, use this program which works perfectly: http://www.paragon-software.com/tech...ate-OS-to-SSD/
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30 Dec 2010   #933
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thanks whs

I'll also look int that program.
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30 Dec 2010   #934
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome. Any time.
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31 Dec 2010   #935
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post

Can I just image my 120GB OS partition to it? Thoughts/suggestions?

Thanks
As already covered - yes.

But for best performance, fresh is best.

Also, for quicker Garbage Collection etc - it's also recommended to format the 120GB versions into a 100GB partition and to leave the rest unallocated.

(I stumbled across this on the OCZ forum talking about the difference between the 100 and 120E versions, but I'm damned if I can find a link for it )
sygnus21 I have to agree with smarteyeball on the fresh install.

As an option you might want to consider a fresh install, then use Windows Easy Transfer to get all your settings moved.

Have a look at this MS article, leave your SSD blank, just out of the box.

MS Engineering for Windows 7 Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives


Win7 will do pretty much everything when it's installed to a unformatted SSD.
Just an option, you can get the basic setting changes needed from the above site if you want to clone it.


First, check for the SSD FW version, if a new one is available update it.
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31 Dec 2010   #936
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeah Dave I've been doing some more reading and a fresh install seems like the best option. But having to reinstall all the other programs and stuff is a PITA so I'm seriously looling at this Paragon program whs linked me to - Paragon Migrate OS to SSD - Overview. Do you have a thought on it?

As far is firmware updates, that's automatic.... and OCZ finally has the toolbox for this drive - OCZ Toolbox for Sandforce based SSD drives. (Agility2, Vertex2, Vertex2 Pro, Vertex-LE) although this note has me a little confused -

Quote:
EDIT: The OCZ Toolbox does not work with the Intel RST 10 series drivers
Is that saying it won't work with my X58 motherboard with its Intel ICH10R chipset?

Thanks
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31 Dec 2010   #937
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I haven't looked at the Paragon tool so can't say anything about it, if whs recommends it, it must be good.

That note is talking about the Intel RST RAID driver, it's the one that enables Trim and is used by most SSD users, at least the ones that can.
It gets very good performance. You don't have to have any RAID arrays to use it.
I'm using the 10.0 beta with no problems.

It will work with your Intel ICH10R chipset, just use the RST driver 9.6.0.1014 version for your OCZ SSD.

Have you found this guide on the OCZ site:


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31 Dec 2010   #938
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I haven't looked at the Paragon tool so can't say anything about it, if whs recommends it it must be good.
Dave, that is nice of you to say. The Paragon tool is really good. It is very easy to use, efficient and the result is perfect. What more can you ask for.

I had done a couple of SSD migrations manually before. But each time I made some mistake and had to redo it. So I thought that this time I try the tool that SIW2 had pointed out. And that was so much easier. 2 minutes for the setup and then just the time to copy the system (about 20 minutes). My SSD was in an external enclosure because I was dealing with a laptop.
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31 Dec 2010   #939
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Other then the work involved in reinstalling everything should I do a fresh install or use the Paragon software. If I could get away with using the software and having the drive optimized I would rather do that. I just don't want to run into performance issues down the road.

And I appreciate the advice and help from you guys.

Thanks
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31 Dec 2010   #940
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you are not afraid of spending the 20 bucks, the tool is the way to go. Then you are certain that everything is perfect.
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