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Windows 7: Show Us Your WEI (2)

07 Mar 2011   #1711
W477ZY

Windows 7 HP x64
 
 

Thanks Dave, I have been considering it for a while. Unsure on what I exactly need to do to install the SSD. Can I just whack in the SSD, install my W7 on it and select it as the boot drive in BIOS? If I do that will I still be able to access all my files and whatnot on the other hard disk? Or do I need to format the existing drive, install the SSD with Win7 on it and then put in my blank HDD for file storage? If you could point me in the right direction and upgrade will definitely be in order


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07 Mar 2011   #1712
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I'm not Dave, but there is a good tutorial for optimizing an SSD for install, however for a new SSD the 'Clean All' command is not necessary. If set in bios for your OS drive, you will have access to all of the information on all of your other disks. In that respect it is no different than adding another HD.
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07 Mar 2011   #1713
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ganjiry View Post
its gotta b done enit. do u do away with standard hd totally n transfer all to ssd? or just add on. would b well pricey 4 1tb ssd

It's best to get a SSD big enough for your OS and programs, keep all your personal data on a HDD. Most people can use a 60GB SSD for this.
So yes, add it on to your system.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by W477ZY View Post
Thanks Dave, I have been considering it for a while. Unsure on what I exactly need to do to install the SSD. Can I just whack in the SSD, install my W7 on it and select it as the boot drive in BIOS? If I do that will I still be able to access all my files and whatnot on the other hard disk? Or do I need to format the existing drive, install the SSD with Win7 on it and then put in my blank HDD for file storage? If you could point me in the right direction and upgrade will definitely be in order
You have the basic plan correct.

Add the SSD and put your OS and apps on it, keep your HDD for personal data. You don't need to do anything to your HDD, you can still access all your data on the HDD.
You might want to move all your data to a different partition on the HDD so you can eventually remove the OS from the HDD as you likely won't use it anymore, will be too slow.

Win7 will optimize the SSD for you, just be sure set it to AHCI in BIOS and leave it un-formatted, then just install Win7 to it.
If you search for SSD installation you will find a lot of optimization threads, most of these are for Gen1 SSDs, Gen2 SSDs don't need any changes besides what Win7 will do for you.
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07 Mar 2011   #1714
ganjiry

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

cheers thought it would just b 4 op sytem n progs. out of curiosity i looked 4 a price of a 1TB ssd. LMAO! $4000+
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07 Mar 2011   #1715
RealGoneKid

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

From what I have read the way I understand it is that games will be the biggest installed applications that will quickly fill up an SSD, so all that is needed to do is when you install your games instead of clicking the "Easy Install" option, select a "Custom Install", then select a location on your standard spinning hard drive. (You can simply create a new folder for this called "Games"). Apparently you will get no increase in gaming speed by installing to your SSD so install your games to a spinner along with your media and personal data.
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07 Mar 2011   #1716
ganjiry

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

cheers,
if u only get performance with windows andd other progs. not games then i wnt bother as all i do with my pc is play games n burn the odd disc. so i dnt think i would realy benefit.
maybe in the future if need b
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07 Mar 2011   #1717
Britjoe

Window pro 8 64bit
 
 

Heres mine I went from a 4.6 to a 7.5 even though the on board graphics run my plasma and my 24" monitor OK at 1080 the card I through in seems to have made a vast improvement.


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07 Mar 2011   #1718
RealGoneKid

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britjoe View Post
Heres mine I went from a 4.6 to a 7.5 even though the on board graphics run my plasma and my 24" monitor OK at 1080 the card I through in seems to have made a vast improvement.
That's a great score!
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07 Mar 2011   #1719
RealGoneKid

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ganjiry View Post
cheers,
if u only get performance with windows and other progs. not games then i won't bother as all i do with my PC is play games n burn the odd disc. so i don't think i would really benefit.
maybe in the future if need b
Bear in mind though that if you bought that 1TB SSD you would have plenty of room for your OS/Standard Programs/ And Games....It would make for an incredible Editing PC with that much space, You could probably keep 40% free at all times which would keep it running fast.
Extremely expensive though ($4000). That's loads of pairs of kids shoes......
Perhaps 1 for lottery winners!
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07 Mar 2011   #1720
W477ZY

Windows 7 HP x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ganjiry View Post
its gotta b done enit. do u do away with standard hd totally n transfer all to ssd? or just add on. would b well pricey 4 1tb ssd

It's best to get a SSD big enough for your OS and programs, keep all your personal data on a HDD. Most people can use a 60GB SSD for this.
So yes, add it on to your system.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by W477ZY View Post
Thanks Dave, I have been considering it for a while. Unsure on what I exactly need to do to install the SSD. Can I just whack in the SSD, install my W7 on it and select it as the boot drive in BIOS? If I do that will I still be able to access all my files and whatnot on the other hard disk? Or do I need to format the existing drive, install the SSD with Win7 on it and then put in my blank HDD for file storage? If you could point me in the right direction and upgrade will definitely be in order
You have the basic plan correct.

Add the SSD and put your OS and apps on it, keep your HDD for personal data. You don't need to do anything to your HDD, you can still access all your data on the HDD.
You might want to move all your data to a different partition on the HDD so you can eventually remove the OS from the HDD as you likely won't use it anymore, will be too slow.

Win7 will optimize the SSD for you, just be sure set it to AHCI in BIOS and leave it un-formatted, then just install Win7 to it.
If you search for SSD installation you will find a lot of optimization threads, most of these are for Gen1 SSDs, Gen2 SSDs don't need any changes besides what Win7 will do for you.
Sorry to completely derail the thread but which SSD would you recommend for a $200 budget? I have 32gb of programs on my computer (leaving the 200+gb of media etc. on the HDD)
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