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Sean need some Pro wiz assistance.
This will probably be for most users like me new to SSD's as well smile.gif

As I said in previous posts I purchased a new Samsung 128GB 830 SSD. My current OS is on my C: drive partition of 100GB capacity on a Seagate 320GB HDD. My BIOS is already set to use AHCI because I am using a RAID array, not for my OS.

My OS partition has 47GB of use out of 100GB so I have lots of room. I will be making a system image of only my C:. My MBR, PageFile, and all other necessary info is installed on my C: partition. I have done a few of the Win edits like shrinking the page file, shrinking the recovery file size, and shrinking the hybernation file. Prefetch and Superfetch are currently still on.

In order to make an image of only my C: partition I have to unhook the RAID drives, windows 7 wants to include these two drives as part of the system image, 1Terrabyte, I don't know why.

I read page 215. I want to know how do I correctly align the format for my SSD when it comes time to install?
When I restore the image I can use disk management to expand the SSD to fully use the additional 28 GB of available space, that is what I have read, correct? Or should I use GParted to expand my current C: Partition to 128GB and then make an image?

The alignment part is really bugging me at the moment, and I want to make sure I do this correctly.

I have 800 GB of data and programs I am trying to preserve in the current state. The goal is to preserve the applications. Everything is of course backed up so I am not worried about loss.
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Awesome guide Sean, thank you for this!

I installed my Crucial M4 128GB and this thing flies!

I had a few specific questions that follow along your steps, if you can share some input that would be awesome.


Hibernation
Is it ideal to keep hibernation on with a 120GB SSD with 16GB ram? I noticed that the command powercfg -h -size 50 only allows 50%. I attempted to put 25 in place of the 50 and it read the say byte size.
-I don't hibernate a lot, but I like the option since I sometimes leave a ton of stuff open and like to resume where I left off.
-If I leave it on should I worry?

Running 24/7
I leave my computer on 24/7, is this a problem with SSD's?
-Should I set it to go to sleep after a certain amount of time?
-Can I remote desktop in if the computer is asleep? I don't think, and I remote into my machine regularly at all hours.

System Protection
If I set it to 1% it shows up as 1.19gb.
-Is it cool to leave this on for the option of restoring?

Drive Indexing
I see that you show how to turn it off, but in your video when you type in indexing and choose options you have all sorts of files that are still checked.
-Should those stay checked? I see a ton of user folders all checked

Page File
I use photoshop a lot, and might do some VMWare virtual machine stuff.
-Should I drop the size down or leave it as is. If I don't touch anything it says the size is 16301MB

Thanks!
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Hi Sean,

Thanks for the quick response! A video tutorial would be awesome!

The part that I'm getting hung up on is restoring the system image to the new SSD. When I create the image, I stored it on my USB external drive. The only option it let me choose was the drive itself, and no folder level options. After the image was made, it was stored at L:\WindowsImageBackup\XPSDesktop\Backup 2012-03-04 224027. Do I need to move the image itself to the root of that drive? I'm not quite sure what you meant by having the image at the root of the drive.

Plugging ahead, I used the Windows 7 installation disc to perform the image recovery, but after going through the entire process of booting with the Windows 7 disc, finding the image, all the way to the point where you click the "Finish" button, there was never an option to choose my SSD as the destination for the image recovery. There was a section in a previous window that allows me to choose drives to exclude from the restore process. I've unplugged all my other drives, so the only drive that shows up in that window is my SSD, which I left unchecked. The problem is that when I go through the process and click "Finish." It give me the following error:

The system image restore failed
No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found.

I followed your instructions in your first post on how to prep the SSD for installation, and the drive is showing up in my BIOS, so I'm confused now. A little help? Am I going about this the right way?
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Originally Posted by mousemanb View Post

Hi Sean,
Thanks for the quick response! A video tutorial would be awesome!
The part that I'm getting hung up on is restoring the system image to the new SSD. When I create the image, I stored it on my USB external drive. The only option it let me choose was the drive itself, and no folder level options. After the image was made, it was stored at L:\WindowsImageBackup\XPSDesktop\Backup 2012-03-04 224027. Do I need to move the image itself to the root of that drive? I'm not quite sure what you meant by having the image at the root of the drive.
Plugging ahead, I used the Windows 7 installation disc to perform the image recovery, but after going through the entire process of booting with the Windows 7 disc, finding the image, all the way to the point where you click the "Finish" button, there was never an option to choose my SSD as the destination for the image recovery. There was a section in a previous window that allows me to choose drives to exclude from the restore process. I've unplugged all my other drives, so the only drive that shows up in that window is my SSD, which I left unchecked. The problem is that when I go through the process and click "Finish." It give me the following error:
The system image restore failed
No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found.
I followed your instructions in your first post on how to prep the SSD for installation, and the drive is showing up in my BIOS, so I'm confused now. A little help? Am I going about this the right way?

Don't move the image outside the folder or anything, or it won't work. Also don't rename the folder.

You could try to format the disk via diskpart first, then restore onto it.
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Ok running into problems trying to restore to the SSD.

I did the DISKPART section.
I made a system image on both DVD and to an E: partition of the same drive the OS C: is installed to.

First attempt:
Only SSD installed.
Used recovery disc and attempted to install image to the SSD. Error came up saying it could not install image.

Second attempt:
With OS drive attached and SSD attached, booted into recovery with disc. trying to restore the "Format and Repartition disks" option is greyed out.
I have no way of selecting the SSD, assuming it will just re-image the C: drive.

Not sure what to do...
Maybe my DVD image is bad?

Should I delete the current C: partition on the HDD and try again? Image is on E: partition.
Or should I look at a third party program?
Maybe install Win7 on SSD per your guide, then attempt to restore the old system image?

***I have the same issue as Mousemanb***
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Sean, i just did it yesterday and it should be noted that this guide also works for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
I did an MBR install on my main rig using a bootable USB stick following this guide and it worked exactly as it was suppose to thumb.gif
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Don't move the image outside the folder or anything, or it won't work. Also don't rename the folder.
You could try to format the disk via diskpart first, then restore onto it.

Yeah, I left the image where Windows put it. I just wasn't sure what Sean meant about putting the image at the root of the drive. And yep, I did those steps using diskpart as outlined in Post #2, under the section titled "Configure a drive using a BIOS/UEFI motherboard and MBR format"

I've been searching for a while, and I can't seem to find a definitive answer.

On suggestion was to use diskpart to simply clean the drive, and the image restore seems to work after that. But doesn't this method go against Sean's advice to use diskpart to properly align the drive for optimum performance?

Another suggestion I saw was to make sure that the new SSD was plugged in so it was set to Disk 0 (as they're listed when running diskpart), though others have claimed that doesn't work either.

Again another suggestion was to move data off any non-OS partitions from OS HDD and delete these partitions. This advice also appears to go against what Sean has recommended in his tutorial for migrating an existing OS to the new SSD.

I'm getting pretty confused with all the conflicting advice I'm finding, and it's making my head spin! I would greatly appreciate some help and clarity!
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On suggestion was to use diskpart to simply clean the drive, and the image restore seems to work after that. But doesn't this method go against Sean's advice to use diskpart to properly align the drive for optimum performance?
^
This is what I did.

In any case, the box will be greyed out and ticked. You should get your 4k alignment still.
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This guide is amazing, so simple and easy to understand. Hell this guy even posted youtube videos making it even easier. A+++
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I am going to follow what Sean did here for the System image not wanting to load to the SSD
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds/990#post_15878378

Basically he did a fresh install to the SSD then loaded the system image.
I have been trying to load the system image to a clean/blank SSD and it does not want to work.
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