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yea that is a little slow. do you ave any usb devices plugged in?
Also, make sure the SSD is the only boot option in the bios and disable an others.

USB devices plugged in are: My wireless keyboard and mouse, Wireless internet adapter and printer.

As for boot settings in BIOS: I have my Hard disk Order set at: M4, WD Caviar black, Samsung SpinPoint. And my boot priority is set: Asus DVD burner, Crucial M4, Third option disabled. Should I set the M4 as primary boot device and disable the DVD burner completely?

EDIT:

In msconfig I have everything unchecked under the (non Microsoft) services tab and startup tab except for Kaspersky Internet Security and Nvidia graphics drivers.

Disable all other boot options other than your M4

Your wireless adaptor or printer may be hanging the boot slightly.
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Disable all other boot options other than your M4
Your wireless adaptor or printer may be hanging the boot slightly.

I went ahead and made the M4 the first boot priority and disabled all others. It didnt make much of a difference at all. I have a feeling its what you said about my wireless adapter hanging the system a little upon boot. Now, would I be better off getting a PCI wireless LAN adapter as opposed to this USB stick one? Not just meaning in terms of boot up times but overall. Would a PCI perform better than a USB?
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Disable all other boot options other than your M4
Your wireless adaptor or printer may be hanging the boot slightly.

I went ahead and made the M4 the first boot priority and disabled all others. It didnt make much of a difference at all. I have a feeling its what you said about my wireless adapter hanging the system a little upon boot. Now, would I be better off getting a PCI wireless LAN adapter as opposed to this USB stick one? Not just meaning in terms of boot up times but overall. Would a PCI perform better than a USB?

Oh yes, I recommend a PCI or PCIe wireless adapter over a USB one, USB ones usually have far higher latency and are usually weaker.
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A little help please:

I installed Win 7 Ultimate on my new rig with an M4 SSD using GPT. I guess I didn't read the OP close enough to note that GPT partitioned clients cannot be backed up by anything except by the native Win 7 image/backup system.

I also have a WHS 2011 system that houses all of my media and backs up my other pcs in the house. I don't want to lose that automated backup convenience of WHS 2011 for GPT so I want to go back to MBR.

I already installed and activated several licenses for my programs on the computer and don't really want to go through with the installs/updates/activations again.

Can I use the built in system image from Win 7 here and then follow the convert from gpt to mbr instructions here during the windows 7 install bootup and then do a system restore from the image I just made to my SSD from the original GPT partition to the newly reformatted MBR disk? Or am I hosed and need to redo everything from scratch again?
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Win 7 ultimate takes a lot of space than Home Premium does, but i'd wait on Sean's expertise he can help the rest. How much gb does your SSD have?
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A little help please:

I installed Win 7 Ultimate on my new rig with an M4 SSD using GPT. I guess I didn't read the OP close enough to note that GPT partitioned clients cannot be backed up by anything except by the native Win 7 image/backup system.

I also have a WHS 2011 system that houses all of my media and backs up my other pcs in the house. I don't want to lose that automated backup convenience of WHS 2011 for GPT so I want to go back to MBR.

I already installed and activated several licenses for my programs on the computer and don't really want to go through with the installs/updates/activations again.

Can I use the built in system image from Win 7 here and then follow the convert from gpt to mbr instructions here during the windows 7 install bootup and then do a system restore from the image I just made to my SSD from the original GPT partition to the newly reformatted MBR disk? Or am I hosed and need to redo everything from scratch again?

You can try, but I think you may have to redo everything again. However you may be able to use WHS to continue backups and all, test it first.
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I've already tried backing up to WHS 2011 for the past week trying to figure out what was stopping it from backing up since it essentially didn't give me an error. It just froze at 1% and sent me around in circles. The release note from WHS 2011 specifically notes that it cannot backup GPT disks. I thought it had something else to do with VSS or some other setting I had but my search ultimately lead me to this:

http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-gb/windowshomeserver2011/release-notes-2.aspx#BKMK_BR2

I guess I can try a couple things then.

1. Try to convert the SSD from GPT to MBR and then restore from the Win7 image
2. If #1 fails redo the install completely with an MBR parition this time on the SSD and start over from scratch with the software installs and updates
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Yes, but you skipped step 7 in my guide...why is everyone doing that?

How do you know that he/she skipped step 7 based on the picture and is that step important for ssd performance?
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Step 7 is to install newest Intel/AMD SATA drivers.
You can tell they aren't installed because it says there msahci which is, as I'm sure is self-explanatory, Microsoft's AHCI driver that comes with Windows.
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Hi,

I apologies in advance if my question has been answered but due to the specific-ness of my needs I have been unable as of yet to find anywhere with the information I need. I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to give me a detailed explanation on how to specifically install a Windows 7 OS on to an SSD and furthermore how to get rid of the Windows 7 OS on my current HDD after this is done.

What I plan to do is basically have a small SSD solely for my OS and then have everything else on a HDD or perhaps another SSD.

My understanding so far is that basically...


step 1 - remove existing hard drive(s) specifically the one containing the existing OS
step 2 - plug in the ssd
step 3 - install windows 7 on the SSD


This is where I'm not sure what to...

step 4 (I think) - plug in the other hard drives

not really sure what to do after this


Any help in any form would be REALLY appreciated. Thank you very much in advance
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