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Originally Posted by Rokabud View Post

So, I was moving my User folders from my SSD to a secondary drive(RAID 0) for storage, and it went exactly like you said, then I booted into safe mode to delete the replicas on the C drive, booted back into normal mode, and the folders on the D drive are gone =S Where did they go?
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Hey Sean, just wanted to say thank you for this excellent guide. I have used it 3 times now. So on this third time (2 days ago) of re-installing windows I was thinking to myself that it would be much easier if I could ghost my setup right after the initial install but I have never done that before. I was wondering if it was possible for you to make a short easy guide on how to do it. I have googled some stuff and there are a million programs with a million different ways to do it. A nice short and simple guide added onto this one would be great. If not thanks anyways for this awesome guide.

Thanks
Terry

I do it all the time! biggrin.gif

I use Acronis True Image WD Edition and Seagate disc wizard to make system images. Then when i want to restart my system back to the point where i started after the optimization and driver installation I restore the image and I'm done.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration
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Is it normal to expected between 10-20Gb/day of written data? about 17Gb of that is from Chrome or Firefox.
No idea, i havent monitored mine lately so idk. If you are using the internet a lot then yea it may be normal.
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I was wondering is it still ideal to use 4mb alignment, or is it pretty much redundant these days. IIRC you recently said there was no difference in another thread.

If i did want to use the default 1mb alignment and have no system reserve partition, would this be all i change?


Booting and partitioning of Windows 7 without the System Reserve Partition and 4KB offset:


Boot from your Windows 7 installation media.
After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
At the command prompt, type Diskpart, press Enter.
Type List Disk, press Enter.
Type Select Disk # (where # is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter.
Type Clean, press Enter.
Type Convert MBR, press Enter.
Type Create Partition Primary Align=4096 1024 , press Enter.
Type Format Quick FS=NTFS, press Enter.
Type Exit, press Enter.
Close the Command Prompt window.
Click the "Next" button.
Click the "Install now" button.
Accept the terms and click the "Next" button.
Choose "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)."
Click the partition.
Click the "Next" button.
From then on follow the on screen instructions till you get to the desktop.
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I was wondering is it still ideal to use 4mb alignment, or is it pretty much redundant these days. IIRC you recently said there was no difference in another thread.

If i did want to use the default 1mb alignment and have no system reserve partition, would this be all i change?


Booting and partitioning of Windows 7 without the System Reserve Partition and 4KB offset:


Boot from your Windows 7 installation media.
After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
At the command prompt, type Diskpart, press Enter.
Type List Disk, press Enter.
Type Select Disk # (where # is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter.
Type Clean, press Enter.
Type Convert MBR, press Enter.
Type Create Partition Primary Align=4096 1024 , press Enter.
Type Format Quick FS=NTFS, press Enter.
Type Exit, press Enter.
Close the Command Prompt window.
Click the "Next" button.
Click the "Install now" button.
Accept the terms and click the "Next" button.
Choose "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)."
Click the partition.
Click the "Next" button.
From then on follow the on screen instructions till you get to the desktop.
Yea it really doesn't matter. And yes that is all you change.
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So I just installed my new M4 128 in my samsung series 7 gaming laptop and when I try to disable hibernation like you show it tells me I am not allowed to do this. Is there a work around for this?

Edit: I figured it out and got it turned off

just ran a bench test on crystal disk and it got 491/198 seq read/writes which is below my destops speed with the same SSD that gets 525/200
Edited by Topgearfan - 8/15/12 at 11:06pm
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So I am just now getting around to finishing what I needed to do on the old system HDD I had before i got my SSD. If I were to disable windows, would it delete my user folder which contains my music and documents?

If so how can I get around this.

Recap: I want to delete my windows installation on my HDD since I won't be using it anymore but I want to save my user folders such as documents, pictures, videos etc.
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Hmm actually I think I'm gonna need some help in terms of making sure I can still boot into windows if I remove the old OS. I think I remember not doing something you said would be a problem later on because of the way i installed windows on the SSD
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What do you guys (and Sean) think of the hybrid 2.5" drives for laptops? Reliable? Noticeably faster than HDD?

The reason I ask is because we build our own laptops here where I work and its only a $20 difference from a 500GB regular to a 500GB hybrid (Seagate XT) through our distributor.

Is there any tweaking that needs done with a hybrid or is it just like a spindle drive, install windows and your g2g.
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So I just installed my new M4 128 in my samsung series 7 gaming laptop and when I try to disable hibernation like you show it tells me I am not allowed to do this. Is there a work around for this?

Edit: I figured it out and got it turned off

just ran a bench test on crystal disk and it got 491/198 seq read/writes which is below my destops speed with the same SSD that gets 525/200
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So I am just now getting around to finishing what I needed to do on the old system HDD I had before i got my SSD. If I were to disable windows, would it delete my user folder which contains my music and documents?
No, it will not delete anything if you remove it from the boot options. Go to MSCONFIG > boot tab > delete old install off of the list.
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If so how can I get around this.

Recap: I want to delete my windows installation on my HDD since I won't be using it anymore but I want to save my user folders such as documents, pictures, videos etc.

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Hmm actually I think I'm gonna need some help in terms of making sure I can still boot into windows if I remove the old OS. I think I remember not doing something you said would be a problem later on because of the way i installed windows on the SSD
Also, you can simply create a new partition and move all the data off the old install you need to back up, then delete the old install's partition
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What do you guys (and Sean) think of the hybrid 2.5" drives for laptops? Reliable? Noticeably faster than HDD?

The reason I ask is because we build our own laptops here where I work and its only a $20 difference from a 500GB regular to a 500GB hybrid (Seagate XT) through our distributor.

Is there any tweaking that needs done with a hybrid or is it just like a spindle drive, install windows and your g2g.
No idea, I've never used one. Make a thread, others should be able to help.
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^but I know there is something you asked me about when i did the new install. You said if I were to remove the old stuff from the boot settings it would mess up my boot option?

Btw when I remove the old OS from boot settings, can I delete the windows folder and any of the folders the system uses? I will like to recover that space
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No, it will not delete anything if you remove it from the boot options. Go to MSCONFIG > boot tab > delete old install off of the list.
Also, you can simply create a new partition and move all the data off the old install you need to back up, then delete the old install's partition
No idea, I've never used one. Make a thread, others should be able to help.

it turns out only one of the HDD sata plugs is SATA3 and I had it in the wrong slot. That combined with the fact I cant enable RAID in the BIOS pissed me off a bit but I know I am not going to game on it really so it is just an expense lappy for business purposses:)
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