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Windows 7: SSD & Dual Boot

27 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
SSD & Dual Boot

Getting a new PC in a few days with a OCZ Vertex Series 120GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive (OCZSSD2-1VTX120G) a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache and a Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB SATA-II 64MB Cache. To add to the mix Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit and a Asus ATI Radeon HD 5770 CuCore 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card.

I also want to use Win XP Pro on this rig but I am not too sure about which way to go setting it up. From what I have sourced you can not defrag a SSD but Win 7 uses a program called (Trim) So how will I be able to defrag XP if I also install that on the SSD? Would it be better to install Win 7 on the SSD and XP on the Seagate? If so in which order do I install them so that I can get a dual boot or does it not matter as the SSD will be my boot drive?



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27 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1

Many thanks Og :) Apreeciate it :)
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27 Apr 2010   #4

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Hi Steve.

You are welcome.
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10 Apr 2011   #5


I have in issue that i have not found an answer for regarding dual booting Win 7 and XP on an SSD.

When I load 7 First and then I get to the part where i Make the partition. IT always makes it a GREEN partition. And then if I dont do that and leave it unallocated(have not tried it with the green partition)then it always makes XP G drive and wants to install everything in C drive which turns out to be the 100MB partition created from installing Win7. How to get it to be C drive when in both OSes?
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10 Apr 2011   #6
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You absolutely do not want to have XP on an SSD. XP does not support Trim and you will lose a lot of the SSD performance advantage if you let XP manipulate the SSD. Put it on a spinning disk (disconnect the SSD during the installation) and switch between the 2 systems with the bootorder of the BIOS. But do not let XP near the SSD.

But if you insist to do that odd configuration, post a picture of Disk Management and I will see whether I can figure out what your problem is. Not sure what you mean by "Green" partition. Are you talking about free space or a dynamic partition. If it is the latter, you are in real trouble.
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