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I would make a system image. Then secure erase the SSD. (link) Then restore the image and benchmark again a few days later. Really odd performance drop...how much free space on the drive? Little free space on the drive could have been the issue.

Hi Sean.

SSD is almost free, have only W7 x64 files and some small programs... over 60% free space... I'll secure erase the SSD. Also, I'll try the SSD on a friends computer, and see if there's a difference.
What program do you recomend for a disk image? Acronis?
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I would make a system image. Then secure erase the SSD. (link) Then restore the image and benchmark again a few days later. Really odd performance drop...how much free space on the drive? Little free space on the drive could have been the issue.

Hi Sean.

SSD is almost free, have only W7 x64 files and some small programs... over 60% free space... I'll secure erase the SSD. Also, I'll try the SSD on a friends computer, and see if there's a difference.
What program do you recomend for a disk image? Acronis?

Yea, that is weird. it is super low for having so much free space.

And Acronis is great. If you have a internal or external WD, Seagate, or Intel drive you can use it free. Also, there are alternatives such as Windows 7 system imaging, Macrium Reflect, EaseUs ToDo Backup, etc.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration
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Booting and partitioning of Windows 7 without the System Reserve Partition and 4K alignment:
  1. Boot from your Windows 7 installation media.
  2. After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, type Diskpart, press Enter.
  4. Type List Disk, press Enter.
  5. Type Select Disk # (where # is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter.
  6. Type Clean, press Enter.
  7. Type Convert MBR, press Enter.
  8. Type Create Partition Primary Align=4096, press Enter.
  9. Type Format Quick FS=NTFS, press Enter.
  10. Type Exit, press Enter.
  11. Close the Command Prompt window.
  12. Click the "Next" button.
  13. Click the "Install now" button.
  14. Accept the terms and click the "Next" button.
  15. Choose "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)."
  16. Click the partition.
  17. Click the "Next" button.
  18. From then on follow the on screen instructions till you get to the desktop.

I noticed in your youtube video that you didn't do number 7, should I be fine if I also skip that to? Also great guide thanks:thumb:
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Booting and partitioning of Windows 7 without the System Reserve Partition and 4K alignment:
  1. Boot from your Windows 7 installation media.
  2. After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, type Diskpart, press Enter.
  4. Type List Disk, press Enter.
  5. Type Select Disk # (where # is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter.
  6. Type Clean, press Enter.
  7. Type Convert MBR, press Enter.
  8. Type Create Partition Primary Align=4096, press Enter.
  9. Type Format Quick FS=NTFS, press Enter.
  10. Type Exit, press Enter.
  11. Close the Command Prompt window.
  12. Click the "Next" button.
  13. Click the "Install now" button.
  14. Accept the terms and click the "Next" button.
  15. Choose "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)."
  16. Click the partition.
  17. Click the "Next" button.
  18. From then on follow the on screen instructions till you get to the desktop.

I noticed in your youtube video that you didn't do number 7, should I be fine if I also skip that to? Also great guide thanks:thumb:

Extra step I added later on so there would be no issue with going from trying a GPT install to a MBR install.
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I know it's probably bad to do this, but would it hurt anything if I did this install then cloned it to another SSD of the same model or what?
    
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I know it's probably bad to do this, but would it hurt anything if I did this install then cloned it to another SSD of the same model or what?
As long as the systems (mainly mobos) are similar it will be fine, you will just have to use a different product key when activating. If the systems are different you may have driver issues.
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I just don't know if I should keep the 60gb in the laptop or upgrade it to a 128gb. It will have a second 1tb hdd in with it though. Choices choices choices.
    
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When moving the user folder from the SSD to the HDD; do I just right click on the user folder, properties, location and change the drive letter? How does this method compare to this guide where I have to do a lot of procedure and such?
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When moving the user folder from the SSD to the HDD; do I just right click on the user folder, properties, location and change the drive letter?
Yea, to move the specific user folders you do that. Don't botehr with moving the whole user folder imo. Just the folders within.

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How does this method compare to this guide where I have to do a lot of procedure and such?
That makes it so you have to jump through hoops blindfolded and upside down to relocate the User folder as a whole. lol

If you want to move the whole user folder just follow this: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/124198-user-profiles-create-move-during-windows-7-installation.html

or this: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/87555-user-profile-change-default-location.html

I suggest only doing the basic right click >properties > location adjustment tho as stated first. It removes headache and time. lol. Plus with the appdata folder (hidden in the User folder) off the SSD you may have a slight decline in performance.
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Plus with the appdata folder (hidden in the User folder) off the SSD you may have a slight decline in performance.

Exactly how much performance am I going to lose with the appdata folder in the SSD? Won't there be a lot of access going on since the browser cache is located in that folder plus the growing size.

I've been using the complicated guide until now but is a pain and time consuming whenever I perform clean installs so just wondering if your guide is equivalent or better than it.
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