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Windows 7: New 1tb Drive best practice for partitions

26 Apr 2011   #41
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i really wouldn't bother - i doubt whether you would notice the milliseconds of difference.

you would probably waste more time setting it up than you would ever save in performance.

but in the end, it's up to you!


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26 Apr 2011   #42
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Imaging is the safest and fastest option to get your system back. And depending how often you make an image, it may be very close to today. I always have an image that is at most 3 days old.

I have used and tried many imaging programs and found free Macrium to be the easiest and fastest. It is also very reliable and has never failed me. I made a video tutorial that can you watch and go from there: Imaging with free Macrium

If you want more general information, you can read this: Imaging strategies
Agreed on free Macrium, I still use it for imaging my XP machines. Unfortunately I never got it to work on several Windows 7 machines as it refuses to recognise some video drivers.

I use this on my 7 machines, and am extremely pleased with it:

Free Download EASEUS Todo Backup Freeware and Trial version. Complete Backup and Restore Software for Windows & Linux.

Regards....Mike Connor
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26 Apr 2011   #43
6BlackRavens

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I had some questions similar to the OP floating around in my head about a new W7 installation on a new HDD, Partitioning and Gaming performance and now you guys have really screwed my head thx
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26 Apr 2011   #44
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

that's what we're here for

seriously though, what are you confused about?
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26 Apr 2011   #45
JeremyAlexander

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bit
 
 
System Image with macrium free

Instead of initializing my new disk in acronis I just ran windows setup from the partition made with this ( just to see if it works.) It was Flawless and way faster than the MS DVD !!!Recovery Partition - Create
VERY VERY AWESOME YOU GUYS!!
Could somebody Please provide me a link to a system image maker I just realized that this free version of Macrium Reflect doesn't do differential backups and has the schedule function gimped out.

Anyway the partion with the setup cd and the bcd edit thing is Awesome you guys.

Edit: The system image wasn't too long and really more compressed than I figured it would be, but is there something that I can use that will schedule itself (or has command line switches I can put into a task in task scheduler) and is differential.
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26 Apr 2011   #46
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JeremyAlexander View Post
Ok, got my new 1TB HD
One more stupid question regarding seek speed. As you move in the access time slows down, but my question is wouldn't that be platter specific or not? I read that my Seagate Barracuda drive has two 500G platters. So would it still fall off if I made 2 500G partitions or does it always start at the begining of the drive regardless of platter?
My post #26 was for a Seagate Barracuda (see model stated). CrystalDiskMark show similar speed differences. The main speed advantages are for sequential transfers. Of course for small random file I/O where seek times start to dominate, SSDs shine.

I don't know what an earlier reference to "milliseconds of difference" was about. The test results speak for themselves.
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26 Apr 2011   #47
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JeremyAlexander View Post
whoever said this takes like 30 minutes must have the fastest PC in the world!
I have an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.5GHz; 4GB Ram imaging to/from USB2 external HDDs.
Imaging Performance for 55GB:
Windows imaging - 35 minutes (I do this often). Reimage ~ same time.
Macrium Imaging ~ 25 minutes (I do this occassionally). Reimage is slower.

True cloning is a bit for bit copy and 1TB would take quite some time and it requires the same size disk to clone to. Not a regular mainentance strategy in my book.
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26 Apr 2011   #48
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JeremyAlexander View Post
whoever said this takes like 30 minutes must have the fastest PC in the world!
I have an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.5GHz; 4GB Ram imaging to/from USB2 external HDDs.
Imaging Performance for 55GB:
Windows imaging - 35 minutes (I do this often). Reimage ~ same time.
Macrium Imaging ~ 25 minutes (I do this occassionally). Reimage is slower.

True cloning is a bit for bit copy and 1TB would take quite some time and it requires the same size disk to clone to. Not a regular mainentance strategy in my book.
Agreed +1
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26 Apr 2011   #49
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
just realized that this free version of Macrium Reflect doesn't do differential backups and has the schedule function gimped out.
True, free Macrium cannot do differentials (which I hate anyhow) - you loose one in the chain and you lost it all.
But scheduling is easy, just right click on the XML file to see the option.

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whoever said this takes like 30 minutes must have the fastest PC in the world!
This is the imaging time for my system - 32GB real, 17.5GB compressed:


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26 Apr 2011   #50
JeremyAlexander

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bit
 
 

well my C is 176 Gigs used now so that's quite a bit larger.
And if I could schedule it I guess it really doesn't matter how long it takes, so would someone be kind enough to either give me a link to something that can be scheduled or tell me how to get one please.
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