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Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium x64 w/ New SSD

18 Dec 2010   #1
nyyankeefan95

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 w/ New SSD

Hey, I just purchase what seems to be one of the best SSD's in the world, the "OCZ Vertex 2 120GB (SSD)". The speeds are:
Read: 285MB/s
Write: 275MB/s

I am going to put this drive in a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium x64, but I want to configure it to be absolutely stable, yet amazing performance wise. What should I do?


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18 Dec 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Some information about SSD alignment: SSD Alignment

Some tips for getting a purrfect install based on hundreds done here:

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device. Clean Install Windows 7

Install updates and then programs slowly over time to gauge performance after each. Don't let any programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets. Startup Programs - Change

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner monthly.
CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Then save a Win7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or replacement using DVD or Repair CD. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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18 Dec 2010   #3
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Based on advice from experts, defragging a SSD is a waste of time and shortens it lifespan.

Rich
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18 Dec 2010   #4
nyyankeefan95

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Great! Quick question only when I have all the drivers installed but no programs or file on the drie should u make an image of the system because I will always add more files so the image will not be up to date.
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18 Dec 2010   #5
nyyankeefan95

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
Based on advice from experts, defragging a SSD is a waste of time and shortens it lifespan.

Rich
Yeah I heard about that. Is it true because an SSD does not have any Disks to defrag.
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18 Dec 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you want good protection, make an image to an external drive as often as possible: https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...trategies.html

And if you want to save a few GBs on the drive, delete the hiberfile (if you do not use hibernation). The command is powercfg -h off

And yes, never defrag an SSD since access time (0.1ms for the Vertex) to any place on the SSD is the same, that is counterproductive - and wears the gear.

Else, Greg has given you all the tips. Question though: How do you plan to get Win7 onto the SSD?
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18 Dec 2010   #7
nyyankeefan95

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have a windows 7 upgrade disk that I bought from staples I was planning on booting to that and go through the setup.
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18 Dec 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

When you boot the Upgrade version DVD, it scans the drive to detect any OS which will then allow use of Upgrade version Product key upfront.

If you install Upgrade version to a new or wiped HD, it requires one of the workarounds given here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version unless you are installi

Registry change is easiest - set a Restore Point first. Then activate at Computer>Properties activation link.

If Win7 came preinstalled on your HP then you probably won't need to do the workaround. It should take the Product Key from COA sticker upfront and allow activation at link after install.
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18 Dec 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nyyankeefan95 View Post
I have a windows 7 upgrade disk that I bought from staples I was planning on booting to that and go through the setup.
That will work. Sometimes, with a preinstalled Win7, one has to go via an image. And that is a bit more complicated. With the Win7 installation disk, it will make all the important settings (e.g. alignment, defrag disable) automatically. Just check Superfetch. That should be set to "automatic". Some people like it disabled, but that is counterproductive in my book.
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18 Dec 2010   #10
nyyankeefan95

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nyyankeefan95 View Post
I have a windows 7 upgrade disk that I bought from staples I was planning on booting to that and go through the setup.
That will work. Sometimes, with a preinstalled Win7, one has to go via an image. And that is a bit more complicated. With the Win7 installation disk, it will make all the important settings (e.g. alignment, defrag disable) automatically. Just check Superfetch. That should be set to "automatic". Some people like it disabled, but that is counterproductive in my book.
Sorry but what is super fetch.
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