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Windows 7: SSD / Backup - recovery

29 Jun 2011   #21
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Barring hardware failure, I'm sure you will.


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29 Jun 2011   #22
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

essenbe, please let me ask you something about Windows installation
Everytime when i installed Windows 7 ( i have 2 WD 6400 AAKS, and Friday, SSD, too ) the letters C / D / E were like this : C - OS partition and D - same HDD as D partition, and E the second HDD.
But the letters were : C - OS partition / D - the second HDD and E was the second partition from my first HDD. And everytime i went to Disk Management to change D with E.
Why is that happent this way ?
Friday when i get my new SSD, i can let those 2 HDD's connected when i make the fresh install, right ?
I hope that SSD will appear as C, HDD 1 as D and the second HDD as E
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29 Jun 2011   #23
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

The OS is always C drive. Hook the SSD to port 0. Disconnect the other hard drives. Once the SSD is installed and booting, you can turn off the computer and reconnect the other hard drives. You will find they have different drive letters. I always recommend a clean install. Windows will automatically recognize it as an SSD and properly align it and turn off defragmentation. The only other things that are really needed is to turn off Hibernate. You will not have that option in shutdown, but it will save space on the SSD. It saves the same space as the amt. of ram you have.
Here is a good tutorial on prepairing a SSD for installation although you do not need the 'clean all' command on a new SSD. To turn off Hibernate open an elevated command prompt (Start-type cmd-right click-select run as administrator) in the window type powercfg -h off then hit enter. It will look like it did nothing but it did. Don't listen to a lot of people tell you about SSD tweeks. You can tweek them to death. That is all that is necessary. It will run well as long as you are in AHCI mode.
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30 Jun 2011   #24
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I always disable hibernation with the command powercfg -h off, indexing service as well.
What about the option "Turn off dard disk" from Power Options ? I have it now to 150 minutes, it's 20 minutes by default.
To be honest, i don't understand the part Boot to Diskpart. Is that from Command Promt ? I don't know how to get in there when i install Windows.
After i insert / install the DVD Windows OS, i have it like in the attached image but not those black windows.
LE : Shift and F10
And one more question about Windows installation : is that okay to delete this 100 MB System Reserved ? Is that really necessary ?


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30 Jun 2011   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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And one more question about Windows installation : is that okay to delete this 100 MB System Reserved ? Is that really necessary
If you do that, your system will not boot because the 100MB partition contains the bootmgr. I would leave it alone. But if you absolutely want to get rid of it, you have to set C as active partition and repair the bootmgr.

You might also have a look at my little SSD beginners tutorial: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System Although not everything applies to your case because you do a fresh install, there may be some useful hints anyhow.

Do not partition the SSD - it is too small (btw: why did you not get the 60GB Vertex2, it is cheaper than the 50GB model Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ).

For imaging the SSD I recommend free Macrium. It is a lot faster than Acronis: Imaging with free Macrium
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30 Jun 2011   #26
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks.
I'm not living in US, the prices here are a bit expensiver.
Anyway, 50 GB should be okay for C partition.
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30 Jun 2011   #27
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

The black window is what you need to use diskpart. When you get to the 1st window, do not select your language, hold down the shift key and press F10. A command prompt will come up. If you do that and create an aligned partition and format it, you will not have the 100MB partition.
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30 Jun 2011   #28
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
Thanks.
I'm not living in US, the prices here are a bit expensiver.
Anyway, 50 GB should be okay for C partition.
Yeah, you are going to be OK if you move the user folders to the HDD and do little adjustments like eliminating the hiberfile.

Regarding the user folders I recommend to create new folders on the HDD for Documents, Music, Pictures, etc. and then INCLUDE those into the respective libraries. That gives you a clear seperation of your own files and the files that some programs create in e.g. Documents.

Usually you should expect C to stay in the 20 to 30GB range - unless you have very large programs (like some games).
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30 Jun 2011   #29
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
The black window is what you need to use diskpart. When you get to the 1st window, do not select your language, hold down the shift key and press F10. A command prompt will come up. If you do that and create an aligned partition and format it, you will not have the 100MB partition.
And if i install Windows without using Diskpart, would that be okay ?
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30 Jun 2011   #30
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
The black window is what you need to use diskpart. When you get to the 1st window, do not select your language, hold down the shift key and press F10. A command prompt will come up. If you do that and create an aligned partition and format it, you will not have the 100MB partition.
And if i install Windows without using Diskpart, would that be okay ?
Yes, Windows will align it and create the 100MB partition. It will be just fine.
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