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Windows 7: SSD partition...behavior!

22 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
SSD partition...behavior!


Now that my first SSD (urrah) is installed and my laptop is running smoothly (after SSD hardawre install. I restore my Laptop to factory state! Thaen I removed all bloatware/apps I do not is a Toshiba!). Checked and rechecked, and everyting is OK and better :).
Now I will pass to phase 2: PARTITION of my SSD (a Plextor M5P 512GB).

- I'm going to remove the System Recovery (because I have 2 copys of it in DVDs plus a copy in a 16 GB USB Flash drive. And it was with one of this copys that I restore the laptop to factory state).
-I'm going to create 2 partitions:

- one for data (32 GB): DATA
- one for the last stable image created with my Image software: SYSTEM RECOVERY

Of course I will copys of those in a portable external HDD!

My question is:

When I make partitions to the SSD, is there is an impact to the SSD?
Exemple: imagine I have a 512 GB ssd and I make a partition of 6 GB. Since SSD have a limited writes and those are proportional to the capacity of the disk, will the 6 GB partition have lesser writes that the main partition? Or, even is the ssd is partitioned, writes cycles will be not affected?

Thanks for your time and I will appreciate the comments,


My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Sep 2012   #2

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

write cycles is per flash cell, so yes, the partition that is written more will wear out more.

Still, I've seen modern SDD tested and they can last well beyond the computer they are in, for home use.

So, unless you are writing 5 GB of data per day for years, cells wearing out is a non-issue.

Btw, disable the page file (virtual memory). You have enough RAM to not really need it, and that degrades the drive faster (if used anyway).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

I would not disable the page file completely. If you do, you will not be able to get any memory dumps incase of problems.
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23 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Thanks for the tips!
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23 Sep 2012   #5

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hum bit late now paulo but I have a couple of Toshiba's and put an OEM on both with SSD's and you would probably been better off spending another $100 for an OEM as this negates any need for clearing of the bloat.

I suppose another way would have been to get an ISO of 7 booted from it and used your original activation code to activate.

Never mind next time :)
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23 Sep 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao View Post
- one for the last stable image created with my Image software: SYSTEM RECOVERY
There's nothing inherently wrong with making a partition to hold images, but there's no particular reason to do it either.

It's just unnecessary, further subdivides your drive, and may complicate your backup strategy. It's not the most efficient use of the total space available on a drive.

I'd just treat the images like any other valuable data and keep them on my regular data partition in an "images" folder---and back them up along with everything else on the data partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Thanks all
Ignatz, could you tell me your partition scheme?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

I'd just treat the images like any other valuable data and keep them on my regular data partition in an "images" folder---and back them up along with everything else on the data partition.
Hi paulo. I think what he meant was that you only need two partitions, one for the OS and the other for the data. It makes system imaging neater that way, as any images you create of the "C" partition will only contain the OS and not all your other data.
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23 Sep 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Nothing wrong with a data partition. Just make sure you backup your data frequently. Once that is lost, you cannot recover it.
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23 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit


I've laptops (I only have desktops at work) from 1997 and never lost any bit of data! But I never used a backup software!!! I use my computers for the processing part (I do astronomy/astrophotography): controlling all my astronomy gear, processing all the data, etc! What I do is:
- when I download new data to my laptop, I just copy/paste it to at least 1 external HDD (usually 2 or even 3)
- when I process all the data and have the "results" I copy/paste it the same way
- when I download tutorials, pdfs, etc from the web, I copy/paste too..
- my favorites: copy/paste it to the external hdd

Well, I think you see what I do! And for that I think I do not need any special software (I want to keep it simple and I do not want anything working in the least in this respect!)

So, I do not keep much data in my computer anyway! And the data I keep is already in a external hdd too!

Like this, I would ask you if you find that I would be better served with a data partition? (because I never had one just a unique partition!)

Of course my main concern now is about imaging! Because I restore my laptop 2 weeks ago to the factory state because I did not have any way to recover my lap to point in time where everything was fine!!! And I had dozens of GB of SW installed with the settings/preferences as I liked :-(. So I do not want to go this way again and I'm doing all to avoid this in the case a crash/major crash happens again!
Saying this, I never restorede/recovered a computer! Hope if/when I need it all will pass ok!

One question: when you make an image of your system this includes all you need to recover the system to the exact same state as when you made the image? I mean all sw installed will be reinstalled from the image including all the settings, preferences, etc?

Many thanks,
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