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Windows 7: Summary of SSD Tweaks

26 Oct 2010   #21
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I tried to tell you in post #2.


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26 Oct 2010   #22
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'll try that as a fallback option, but I'm thinking it would just be easier to reformat and try again.
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26 Oct 2010   #23
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
I tried to tell you in post #2.
You did and so did WHS, but I had read in the guide that alignment wasn't necessary for a new drive, that Windows 7 would do it for me automatically. This was a new drive, straight from the box.
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26 Oct 2010   #24
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
I tried to tell you in post #2.
You did and so did WHS, but I had read in the guide that alignment wasn't necessary for a new drive, that Windows 7 would do it for me automatically. This was a new drive, straight from the box.



Look at the snip I posted for the commands in the correct order; I'd do the clean all now.
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26 Oct 2010   #25
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm following your guide now to clean all and then I'll just create a new partition and do the Windows 7 install all over again. No harm, no foul...and this is yet another reason I never put in my serial keys until everything is setup and working properly.

It was a blank drive when I started the install and didn't align properly, so I'll follow the guide through to using diskpart to create the partition...and then continue on with my install.
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26 Oct 2010   #26
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

You can check alignments here as well:
SSD Alignment Calculator | techPowerUp


Unless HDTune is just giving whacky numbers. it isn't really designed for SSDs.

have you tried AS SSD or Crystalmark to see what they say?


Thats a bit wierd. Would like to know the cause.

I have never had to align a new SSD if letting Win7 manage the instal/partition creation.

BTW, did you install in AHCI mode?
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26 Oct 2010   #27
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'll try those other benchmark tools once I get Windows 7 installed again. I followed the guide to get to the diskpart console, and now my Offset was listed as 1024 KB, just like the screenshot suggested. I'll report back once I finish the install and try out one of the tools. Thanks for the info!!!!!
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26 Oct 2010   #28
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Deacon, I am sorry you are having so much trouble with the alignment. Theoretically, a Win7 installation should align it - but that's theoretically (although it has done it on 3 of my SSDs). But as usual, the old manual way is the safest. Do the Diskpart deal - then you should be safe.

I am really curious how that will impact (improve) your performance numbers. They say that there can be a performance difference of up to 300% between aligned and non-aligned. But I have never really tested that.
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26 Oct 2010   #29
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Don't be concerned about doing "clean all" on the drive, it won't hurt it, I've done bunches.

I know you said you weren't concerned about the SysResv partition but if you did want to create it, here are the commands in the correct sequence, I just created it for you.

I would not format with the installer, I'd select "Windows 7" to install to and click next.

The SysResv partition is a very useful tool to have; if I was creating it I'd make it at least 200MB and 300MB would be better.

Summary of SSD Tweaks-sysresvcreate.jpg


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29 Oct 2010   #30
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here's an odd situation; a couple days ago I clean installed Windows 7 Ultimate to my main machine and as you can see from the snips below I did aligns on both partitions before the install started using diskpart. Sorry for the Hal look of the pic.

The second is from the Paragon Alignment Tool and clearly the first "System Reserved" partition is miss-aligned, does anyone have any thoughts?

Summary of SSD Tweaks-align.jpg
Summary of SSD Tweaks-miss-align.jpg


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