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sorry to hear about the mushkin, those guys will take good care of you

But, Im really not understanding your question

Your trying to boot a windows install disk while in windows?
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I burned the image on to a DVD and wanted to see if it opens. When I auto launched it, I got this message...

"E:\Sources\SPWIZENG.DLL is either not designed to run on windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using original installation media or contact your system admin or vendor for support"
when I hit "ok" on that screen I get this one...

"The file 'autorun.dll' ncould nnot load or is corrupt. Setup cannot continue. Error code [0xc1]

When I boot from the DVD, I get the installation window no problem, but now I wonder if the copy won't give me any problems during installation.
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should be fine, as it is certianly not meant to be run while in the windows environment
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Is it safe to delete partition on ssd from windows 7 install disc when fresh installing windows 7?

Full format is a format that scans for bad sector on the hdd / ssd. Quick format skips bad sector scans. Is this correct?

is there any other method than full format / quick format / delete partition / secure erase for fresh install windows 7 on ssd, and what is the best method to do so?
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Is it safe to delete partition on ssd from windows 7 install disc when fresh installing windows 7?
If you follow my alignment portion of the guide that is exactly what you do when you run the clean command in diskpart. That is all you need to do...unless you have different partitions on the drive you want to keep.
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Full format is a format that scans for bad sector on the hdd / ssd. Quick format skips bad sector scans. Is this correct?

is there any other method than full format / quick format / delete partition / secure erase for fresh install windows 7 on ssd, and what is the best method to do so?
  • A quick format - is a formatting option that creates a new file table on a hard disk but does not fully overwrite or erase the disk. Quick formatting erases/rewites the FT (File Table) of the File System partition. So basically quick formatting just erases/rewrites anew what is essentially a directory that tells the operating system where files are and what spaces are free to write new data on.
  • A full format - is a formatting option that creates a new file table on a hard disk, but does not fully overwrite and erase the disk as well. A full format erases/rewrites the FT (File Table) of the File System partition and runs chkdsk. Chkdsk.exe is a command-line tool that checks volumes for problems. The tool then tries to repair any that it finds. For example, Chkdsk can repair problems related to bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files, and directory errors.Chkdsk does one pass of writing zero's to the drive to ensure that the sectors are working properly. But the zero's are also rewritten with the previous 1 or 0. This is why full formats take so much longer. So basically a full format is quick format + Chkdsk.
  • The "clean" command in DiskPart:
    The "clean" command marks all of a drives partitions, volumes, and any hidden sector information as deleted and they are only written over when new data is written/saved to the same location on the drive next.
  • The "clean all" command in DiskPart:
    The "clean all" command deletes all of a drives partitions, volumes, and any hidden sector information and then writes zero's to all the parts of the drive.
  • Secure erase
    Secure erase is where the SSD controller issues a command that applies a voltage spike at a specific voltage to all of the NAND simultaneously, thus cleaning the NAND. This in turn resets all the NAND cells on the SSD and leaves the drive erased and at factory speeds.

For SSDs you shouldn't use Full Format or Clean all in diskpart. Now, you don't need to run chckdsk on your drive b/c all it does is check for bad sectors and checks file system integrity (SSDs don't have sectors) and it is not "good" for your SSD because all it does is cause add wear to the memory cells when you don't need it to.

So just either use the clean command, quick format or if you want just secure erase the drive and set it to factory again, but you shouldn't ahve to.
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Hello,
Here's my situation. I've got a Crucial 64GB SSD and a Mushkin 240GB. My plan is to run Win7 64bit on the M4 and have some apps and static databases on the Chronos Deluxe. However, I really don't know how to proceed. My current C drive is 647GB in use. That includes a TON of games on Steam, Adobe Creative Suite, and other apps.

I've been reading all I can to update myself on storage, but I admit I'm behind the times in this area. Is there going to be a good way to transfer my OS to the M4 or will I have to reinstall? I'm also planning an Ivy Bridge build as soon as everything is in general availability but that may be May / June or later. Should I just wait until then? Reinstall Win7, or is there a way to migrate just the OS?

Also, my current board runs Intel ICH9R. I know I'm not going to get max performance out of these SSDs until I upgrade. Any advice on what I should do? Many thanks,
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Hello,
Here's my situation. I've got a Crucial 64GB SSD and a Mushkin 240GB. My plan is to run Win7 64bit on the M4 and have some apps and static databases on the Chronos Deluxe. However, I really don't know how to proceed. My current C drive is 647GB in use. That includes a TON of games on Steam, Adobe Creative Suite, and other apps.
First thing to do is split the current drive into 2 partitions and move all you non OS data onto the new made partition.

Do this:
  1. Shrink the old HDD OS partition. (link)

  2. Then make a new partition on the HDD in the free space. (link)

  3. Then move the personal files to the new partition, like your such as pics, video, music, documents, and Steam, etc.

  4. Now you may have to keep shrinking and expanding the partitions as you do this depending on how much free space you have on your drive.

  5. When you are done moving the data then you should be ~ the right size to make system image to restore to the 64GB drive.

  6. If not then check out my maintenance section, run ccleaner, discleanup, etc and disable the hibernation file and page file.

  7. Keep shrinking the C: partition as small as you can while doing this.

  8. If still not small enough if you have any non steam games installed you will have to uninstall them and re-install after you restore the system image.

  9. This is how to make the system image: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/663-backup-complete-computer-create-image-backup.html

  10. Once you make the image you can hook up the SSD and restore the image to it.

  11. Then go through my "Now It's Time For The System Set Up!" section of my guide and make sure you run WEI.
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I've been reading all I can to update myself on storage, but I admit I'm behind the times in this area. Is there going to be a good way to transfer my OS to the M4 or will I have to reinstall? I'm also planning an Ivy Bridge build as soon as everything is in general availability but that may be May / June or later. Should I just wait until then? Reinstall Win7, or is there a way to migrate just the OS?
Migrate now if you like.
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Also, my current board runs Intel ICH9R. I know I'm not going to get max performance out of these SSDs until I upgrade. Any advice on what I should do? Many thanks,
Clear
Barely a difference in real world use in SATA 2 and 3, don't worry. wink.gif

I may have left something out just let me know if you are confused any.
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Thanks for that reply, Sean. That was very helpful! And, I think I can do that. I'll post back on my progress and let you know how it goes smile.gif
Thanks again,
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I forgot to do the first "Configure a drive..." part when I installed my SSD. I just let Windows do it automatically. Will I be losing any performance or is it fine like this?

Here is a screenshot of my speeds:

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