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Windows 7: Upgraded dying HDD to SSD and now things are slower.

11 Oct 2018   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Upgraded dying HDD to SSD and now things are slower.

So yesterday i noticed that my Seagate 750GB HDD was starting to go out. So i ran to Best Buy and picked up a 1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD to replace it. I used Acronis Disk Director 12 to clone the drive. Since the SSD was brand new I had to initialize the disk first. I chose Basic MBR. and since the SSD was larger than the source drive i opted to go with proportional volume resizing. never selected that option before but I felt it was the best option. I'm not sure how long the process was supposed to take but it was like 3.5 - 4 hours. i had the SSD installed in the laptop second drive bay and the HDD in a USB 3.0 enclosure kit plugged into a SS USB port. after the process completed 4 or so hours later i unplugged the enclosure kit from the laptop and rebooted. When i bought my first SSD for this laptop and cloned it, there was a massive noticeable difference all around. Boot speed greatly increased, Installation timed dropped dramatically, and overall system performance was amazing. i can't say i experienced the same with this upgrade. I'm still debating doing a brand new windows 10 install on the Samsung 1TB and running the 500GB crucial as my storage drive. Just hasn't happened yet. But anyways i don't see a performance/speed change at all and actually it seems to be running slower. Opening folders and performing installations actually feels laggy to me. I'm not quite sure what could be causing this. You would think that something as easy as navigating drives and folders would actually be lightning F****** fast after the upgrade. I wondering if maybe i did something wrong? Or maybe there is a BIOS setting that i need to change in order for my SSD to operate properly. If you guys have any thoughts or advise or need any additional info please reach out to me. I run my company on this Laptop so it kind of needs to work properly, especially for QuickBooks. Thanks in advance.

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12 Oct 2018   #2

win 8 32 bit

You may have made a big mistake if the old disk had bad sectors and you did a normal clone it ill have copied the bad sectors to the new disk. Some cloning software have a special setting to not copy bad blocks. The other thing is is there were bad blocks you dontknow what files are corupt.

You need to go to the old disk makers site and download their free test software and see if it had bad sectors on it. If its written these to the new disk its very hard to undo it.

A clean install first deleting all paritionsis the best option
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12 Oct 2018   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thank you Samuria for the quick reply.
This may or not make a difference, I will go to Seagate's website and grab that software, but before i went out and picked up the SSD i downloaded Crystal Disk Info and looked at the S.M.A.R.T. rating/valuation of the HDD. It said it was still good. Then i ran chkdsk /r on each partition and both came back with no bad sectors. The degradation of the drive seemed mechanical. It was making irregular noises when turned on. Don't know if that makes a difference of the clone quality either. I read that when running chkdsk /r, if bad/unrepairable sectors are found then the HDD is told to skip them upon future use. Which I assume would apply to cloning also.
Next step is to download that software from Seagate and start the whole process over.
Is there any software you would recommend using on the SSD after reformatting to help guarantee optimal performance? I was so excited to have my entire system running on SSD's with plenty of storage.
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12 Oct 2018   #4

win 8 32 bit

If the clone was sector by sector it does copy bad blocks the other possability is you havent optimized the drive as often 7 doesnt do it Optimize Windows for SSDs - Thomas-Krenn-Wiki
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17 Oct 2018   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

I have the same problem. I tried two SSD. First one with original windows 7 HP, second one with my windows 7 ultimate.
Both of them are bad performance. The notebook start very quick but when I open browser and windows all blocking.
I update all driver without improving.
Any suggestion is appreciated
see you
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20 Oct 2018   #6

Windows 7 HP 64

Even if you have a healthy HDD, when you install a SSD you should always do a fresh install.

It is mandatory if you have a failing HDD. Never clone a failing drive, always do a fresh install.

And if you want to save money, install a small SSD (128G) for Windows and programs and use a HDD for data.
You will have the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD at low cost.
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 Upgraded dying HDD to SSD and now things are slower.

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