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Windows 7: instailling a SSD

03 Jan 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
instailling a SSD

so I just got a SSD, and it wasn't showing in my computer, so I did some googleing and some sites suggest I need assigned a drive letter to it.

However when I got into the drive management I get a pop up. I don't know which option to select. I don't plan on booting from it. Just installing game files.

Which option show I select?

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03 Jan 2015   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

For storage it shouldn`t matter, but I would choose MBR.

The note at the bottom of the window should also be a clue as to your decision
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03 Jan 2015   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

If you don't have a SSD for the C: drive, you should use it for the C:. It will make booting much faster (35 seconds) and when you put the programs on the SSD they open in one second. It will speed up your machine a lot.
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04 Jan 2015   #4
Microsoft MVP


Yeah Mitch, I'd install or image Win7 to the SSD, even if you need to move your User folders to the hard drive. The speed difference is just too much to pass up, the best upgrade you can get.

User Folders - Change Default Location
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05 Jan 2015   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

We'll originally I brought the SSD to dual boot windows and OSX and have OSX on the SSD. It only a small 250GB
Then my brother was building the computer together and the ram I have currently didn't fit his motherboard.
So I'm ordering this plus an OSX compatible GPU.

So in the mean time i thought I would put my game folder on the SSD and see if it loads faster.

So far, I have yet to do anything. I still haven't chosen the partition style.
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05 Jan 2015   #6
Microsoft MVP


If you're happy with your present Win7 then shrink it so it will fit on the SSD and then use Macrium Imaging boot disk to clone or image it over to the SSD. If not, then Clean Reinstall Windows 7 to the SSD.

Clean up and move your User folders (the best way to sort your files and organize them) to their own partition on the HD so the old OS can eventually be deleted). Then in the new Win7 right click on each User folder (Documents, Downloads, Favorites) to choose Properties, from the Location tab move the User folder to the location you have it stored on the data partition. If prompted to copy files within go ahead in case there is anything in the new User folders, since this will delete them on C and make them now live on the data partiton.

User files are the only thing that doesn't benefit from SSD speed. So be sure to install your OS and programs all on it.

Let us know how it goes. You've come a long way since I spent all night once helping you in a thread that got me nominated for MVP. I was just renewed for my fifth year.
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 instailling a SSD

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