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Windows 7: Installing W7 on new SSD

28 Dec 2010   #1
oli356

Windows 7 Home prem 64
 
 
Installing W7 on new SSD

Well I've given in and bought a 80GB SSD.

At the moment I have a 1TB HDD in 3 partitions.

52.6GB 'C' 0 6.75GB free
727GB 'D'
151GB 'E'

D and E have plenty of space on them.

To install windows on the new SSD lets call it 'F'.
I need to unplug the 1TB HDD, plug in the SSD and load from CD (I know how to install windows) Just install it, won't bother with partitions on it.

I will now plug in the 1TB

Once installed I have to do all the driver updates (I'm sure I'll miss a few out somehow)
Then programs etc and good to go.

What can I do with the 'C' drive on the 1TB? Should I just delete the partition?

I only use up 45.85GB so far on my C drive, so should have 34GB to play around with.. maybe put like WoW on there which is 23GB I think. Then leave the rest free?

Ty


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28 Dec 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Depending upon how many programs you have to install on the new SSD, you might want to use the HDD for User folders. You can wait to decide after trying it for awhile: User Folders - Change Default Location

Be sure to unplug the HD during install to the SSD.

If you install to new SSD, the installer will issue a 100mb System Reserved boot partition which conveniently places the Repair Console (normally only on the DVD or Repair CD) on the F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu. So I would choose Custom Install and then Drive Options to partition as you wish and format: Clean Install Windows 7

If you have Upgrade version you may need to skip inserting the key during install and do one of the workarounds given here for installing to a wiped HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Turn this on as well: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-your-hardware

Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device. Driver Install - Device Manager

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 slow startup, 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 then Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly.
CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
Auslogics Disk Defrag - Reviews and free Auslogics Disk Defrag downloads at Download.com
Auslogics Registry Defrag - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Then save a Windows 7 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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28 Dec 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello oli356.



Here is an altrernative method to move your personal data to the spinner during the installation process, at the link below.

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation



... and this post explains the advantages.
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28 Dec 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In addition to all the good advice above, I suggest you delete the hiberfile on the SSD (if you do not use hibernation). That saves a few GBs on C. The command is: powercfg -h off
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28 Dec 2010   #5
oli356

Windows 7 Home prem 64
 
 

Ok thaks

A lot of input to take in! Quite confusing tbh!

Tbh, I don't have many programs at all. All my documents go into another partition not the windows one. But like some game saves and msn history goes somewhere in the OS/Apps partition. Then I get things in like user/oli/appdata or something

So I'll just do a clean reinstall. Though I just looked at: C:\Users\Oli's\AppData\Local and its 13GB. So the User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation might be useful to save space?

As for hibernate, I use sleep mode (I think thats a bit different)
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28 Dec 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you only use sleep, then you can get rid of the hiberfile. It can be a big chunk - about the size of your RAM
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28 Dec 2010   #7
oli356

Windows 7 Home prem 64
 
 

Ooh nice, lots of ways to speed things up and reduce space it seems!
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28 Dec 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oli356 View Post
Ooh nice, lots of ways to speed things up and reduce space it seems!



Have a look through this one.

How to Speed Up the Performance of Windows 7
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28 Dec 2010   #9
oli356

Windows 7 Home prem 64
 
 

not more, jeez
ty
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28 Dec 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

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