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Windows 7: Build your own External Hard Drive

30 Jun 2011   #101
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I'm going to be ordering my second Crucial SSD a M4 model this time and 128GB's. I'll image my current Real C300 64GB to it then image my WD 2.5" spinner out of my lappy to this and put it in the laptop taking the 320 gb spinner out and putting it in this !
http://www.amazon.com/Kingwin-2-5-In...f=cm_cr_wr_img
Purchased brand new for less than $11.00 USD


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01 Jul 2011   #102
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)
 
 

That's a nice looking external case and a bargain; I might get the same brand but with USB 3.0 interface, I like the fact that it uses a USB power cable. Throw in a 64 GBs SATA II interface SSD and voila, home made Enyo....

You probably know this already, but... Dumping an HDD image to an SSD drive may result in misalignment of the file system on the SSD drive.
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01 Jul 2011   #103
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cr00zng View Post
You probably know this already, but... Dumping an HDD image to an SSD drive may result in misalignment of the file system on the SSD drive.
I didn't. What about a backup image, i.e., restoring an image previously taken from the same SSD, restored to the same SSD? Do imaging programs take note of alignment data?
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01 Jul 2011   #104
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)
 
 

Most imaging programs, the free ones at least, make no changes to the file structure and not capable to change the alignment during the image dump.

Dumping SSD image to a new SSD drive should be fine, provided that the source SSD had the proper alignment. The offset is probably set correctly, if it is Windows Vista or 7 installation.

The hard disk based installation does not require offset and the partition could start anywhere; moving this image to an SSD drive could causes performance decrease to the SSD.

Here's a tutorial by WHS about the importance of alignment...
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01 Jul 2011   #105
James Colbert

 
 

Thanks for the link. I was just reading this month's Maximum PC (August). In the Letters section, a reader asks about putting an SSD in his laptop (replacing an HDD). Long story short, they say Acronis's Migrate Easy will do the job, but the feature list of M.E. at acronis.com says nothing about any such feature. In fact, the term 'SSD' doesn't even turn up in a search of their user guide.
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01 Jul 2011   #106
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Paragon migrate will transfer the OS and align it. But, it's not free. 12.95 I think. Or transfer and use Paragon alignment. It will align the SSD with the OS on it with no data loss.
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01 Jul 2011   #107
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)
 
 

Yeah, it is still being debated in the Acronis Forum on different versions, the answer is basically no...
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01 Jul 2011   #108
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Paragon migrate will transfer the OS and align it. But, it's not free. 12.95 I think. Or transfer and use Paragon alignment. It will align the SSD with the OS on it with no data loss.
Both of them are great tools, thanks essenbe...

Migrate OS to SSD from Paragon for about 20 bucks, may not align the SSD correctly, but certainly worth it. Paragon also sells the Alignment Tool 3.0 for 30 bucks that kind of makes me believe so...

I could be dead wrong since I have not used either of them...
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01 Jul 2011   #109
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Most of the people here who have used them swear by both. Read WHS tutorial about transfering the OS to an SSD.
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01 Jul 2011   #110
James Colbert

 
 

When I finally do switch my windows drive to SSD, I'll be doing a clean install anyway, so it matters little to me. As long as I can image and restore from and to.
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