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Windows 7: SSD / Backup - recovery

30 Jun 2011   #31
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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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).
I always move only the "My Documents" folder to D partition,but i didn't know that it's recommended to move all the user folders to another partition.
The games i have installed on my PC, are always in D or E partition , i never install games on the OS partition.


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30 Jun 2011   #32
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you use Diskpart and create an aligned partition for the Win7 installation, you will not get the 100MB active partition. Instead your C partition will be the active partition. Some people prefer that setup because it is a bit easier for imaging, but for me it is neither here nor there.
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30 Jun 2011   #33
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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).
I always move only the "My Documents" folder to D partition,but i didn't know that it's recommended to move all the user folders to another partition.
The games i have installed on my PC, are always in D or E partition , i never install games on the OS partition.
It depends - moving all the user data to a seperate partition is recommended because then you do not loose your data in case of a hard system crash And if you do not have images, you may have to reinstall which wipes out your user data (unless you find a way to first recover it with a live Linux CD).

For small SSDs, that is most always a must because of the space constraints. There you move the user data to the HDD (on desktops). And on a laptop with a small SSD, it is ususally required to move large user files (e.g. videos) to an external disk.
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30 Jun 2011   #34
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

whs, please tell me the better way to move all the user folders to D partition.
I have there more folders, and i don't know which ones i should move to D.
My music ? My Pictures ? My Videos ? Saved Games ?
When i did that with My Documents, i moved that to D partition, to a new creted folder, called "My Documents"
Is that okay if i create a new folder on D partition, called "user" and i move one by one
My music / My Pictures / My Videos / Saved Games / etc to this folder ?
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30 Jun 2011   #35
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

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30 Jun 2011   #36
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
whs, please tell me the better way to move all the user folders to D partition.
I have there more folders, and i don't know which ones i should move to D.
My music ? My Pictures ? My Videos ? Saved Games ?
When i did that with My Documents, i moved that to D partition, to a new creted folder, called "My Documents"
Is that okay if i create a new folder on D partition, called "user" and i move one by one
My music / My Pictures / My Videos / Saved Games / etc to this folder ?
Well, you have 2 options:

1. you move the default location of the existing folders via the Location tab in Properties - as described in the link that essenbee posted. Here you have to make sure that you move the folders to predefined folders (those can have any name - will be changed by the Move anyhow) in that partition - not to the root of the partition which creates a mess with the default location.

2. my preferred solution: you create a data partition and there you make new folders for Documents, Music, etc. You move your own data to those folders and then you right click on each folder and INCLUDE it into the appropriate library. Although it does not hurt, there is no need to create a folder "Users". Just make the individual folders.

Here is a little tutorial for solution #1 that I once recorded: Data Partition
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30 Jun 2011   #37
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
whs, please tell me the better way to move all the user folders to D partition.
I have there more folders, and i don't know which ones i should move to D.
My music ? My Pictures ? My Videos ? Saved Games ?
When i did that with My Documents, i moved that to D partition, to a new creted folder, called "My Documents"
Is that okay if i create a new folder on D partition, called "user" and i move one by one
My music / My Pictures / My Videos / Saved Games / etc to this folder ?
That's what I do. I create a folder on D named users, inside that folder I create another folder named 'my user name', inside that folder I create folders for my documents, my pictures, my downloads ect. Then move them from C drive to D drive. Then your documents which used to be located at C/users/your user name/my documents are now located at D/users/your user name/my documents.

It also makes it much easier to backup and to restore your user files. All you have to do is backup D/users. You will have all of your personal files and none will be on the OS drive which is the one most likely to crash. That's just my way. There are other ways to do it that work just as well.

Let us know how the install goes. You will love your SSD.
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02 Jul 2011   #38
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello, i am back again. And i need your help, please
I cannot install Windows 7 on my new SSD.
I wanna explain you step by step the way i proceeded.
First of all, i unplugged both hddīs. Went to BIOS, changed to AHCI.
F 10 save and exit, reboot , starting Windows 7 installation.
The installation was very very slow. About 27 % in 2 hours.
I have there 5 options
Copying Windows files - about 1 minute
Expanding Windows files - hours
Installing features
Installing updates
Completing installation
On the menu Expanding Windows files after about 35 % installing, i received the error message
This installation was cancelled : Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation.
Error code : 0 x 80070037
You think that my new SSD could be damaged ? Do i miss something - settings - in BIOS ?
If i try to install it under IDE, i cannot. Right after i select the SSD ( where to install Windows ) i receive the message
Windows could not format a partition on disk 0, the error occured while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code : 0x80070057
Please help me. I donīt know what to do anymore.
I think there is a problem with my DVD RW in AHCI. But im not sure.
If i try to install on IDE, on my HDD, everything goes perfect. No errors, nothing.
Shall i install Windows on HDD, and run a benchmark for my new SSD ?
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02 Jul 2011   #39
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
Hello, i am back again. And i need your help, please
I cannot install Windows 7 on my new SSD.
I wanna explain you step by step the way i proceeded.
First of all, i unplugged both hddīs. Went to BIOS, changed to AHCI.
F 10 save and exit, reboot , starting Windows 7 installation.
The installation was very very slow. About 27 % in 2 hours.
I have there 5 options
Copying Windows files - about 1 minute
Expanding Windows files - hours
Installing features
Installing updates
Completing installation
On the menu Expanding Windows files after about 35 % installing, i received the error message
This installation was cancelled : Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation.
Error code : 0 x 80070037
You think that my new SSD could be damaged ? Do i miss something - settings - in BIOS ?
If i try to install it under IDE, i cannot. Right after i select the SSD ( where to install Windows ) i receive the message
Windows could not format a partition on disk 0, the error occured while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code : 0x80070057
Please help me. I donīt know what to do anymore.
I think there is a problem with my DVD RW in AHCI. But im not sure.
If i try to install on IDE, on my HDD, everything goes perfect. No errors, nothing.
Shall i install Windows on HDD, and run a benchmark for my new SSD ?
I would create an aligned partition on the SSD and try to install into that partition. It looks like something is going wrong with the disk formatting during your installation attempts.
SSD Alignment
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02 Jul 2011   #40
stereo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Please explain it to me how to do that
My DVD RW is very slow in AHCI mode, before i choice the SSD - where to install Windows.
For example : i insert the Windows 7 DVD, reboot, and after that i have a nice blue image with the text Setup Is Starting.
I didnīt already choice the SSD,and on this blue image i have to wait 2-3 minutes.After that im asked to choice the country, language, etc.
Is that normal to wait there 2-3 minutes ?
Something is wrong with my DVD RW ( on AHCI ) maybe .... i dont know.
Should i try to install Windows from USB stick ?
How could i open an Elevated Command Prompt if i donīt have OS Windows 7 installed ??

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