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The sleep problem seems to have fixed iteslf smile.gif

Is it possible to make hibernation folder smaller then 8Gb. I never use hibernation, just sleep. But it seems that sleep doesn"T exist now if you delete hibernation file.
I have 16Gb of ram, that"s why it"s 8 Gb large.
You can set hibernation to 50% of its size (steps in the guide) That is odd that sleep disappears when you disable hibernation. It shouldn't.
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Sean, I don't know you but I owe you a thanks. I have to Momentus 500 gb hybrids set as raid 0 in Win 8. Didn't have the Intel driver loaded. Got it from your thread, enabled write through caching & it perked up big time. Thanks!
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Sean - quick question (hopefully) when you get a chance.

I just ordered a Lenovo Y400 laptop, comes with a crappy 1TB HDD with win 8. my plan was to install a 256gb mSATA Crucial SSD as a boot (clone if possible with the size differences), and then swap out the 1TB with a 500GB WD 500GB scorpio black. so questions:

1. is cloning the OS an option, and a good one at that?
2. since I am not getting any discs from Lenovo with OS, should I just make a USB boot and fresh install on the SSD? (and attempt to get all my drivers)
3. dump the entire win8 idea and just use my legit win7 pro discs
3. a better solution I have overlooked?

I would prefer to keep the solution on the cheap (free if possible), Thanks in advance.
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Sean - quick question (hopefully) when you get a chance.

I just ordered a Lenovo Y400 laptop, comes with a crappy 1TB HDD with win 8. my plan was to install a 256gb mSATA Crucial SSD as a boot (clone if possible with the size differences), and then swap out the 1TB with a 500GB WD 500GB scorpio black. so questions:

1. is cloning the OS an option, and a good one at that?
yea
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2. since I am not getting any discs from Lenovo with OS, should I just make a USB boot and fresh install on the SSD? (and attempt to get all my drivers)
if you want
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3. dump the entire win8 idea and just use my legit win7 pro discs
if you want
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3. a better solution I have overlooked?

I would prefer to keep the solution on the cheap (free if possible), Thanks in advance.
if you clone and want a software recommendation i'd suggest acronis true image WD edition. It is free if you have WD HDDs.
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yea
if you want
if you want
if you clone and want a software recommendation i'd suggest acronis true image WD edition. It is free if you have WD HDDs.

awesome, thanks. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to run into any compatibility issues with the size difference of the SSD and HDD. I will dump all the bloatware, get my upgrades installed (RAM, Dual Band Wi-Fi, and the SSD recognized), and then start the cloning.

is that WD edition going to work in cloning to my Crucial SSD though? I am not sure of the brand of HDD inside the Lenovo I am cloning FROM, but my WD HDD is only going to be used post-cloning as a secondary storage drive. Also, is this compatible with Win8? The download site from WD says up to Win7.
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yea
if you want
if you want
if you clone and want a software recommendation i'd suggest acronis true image WD edition. It is free if you have WD HDDs.

awesome, thanks. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to run into any compatibility issues with the size difference of the SSD and HDD. I will dump all the bloatware, get my upgrades installed (RAM, Dual Band Wi-Fi, and the SSD recognized), and then start the cloning.

is that WD edition going to work in cloning to my Crucial SSD though? I am not sure of the brand of HDD inside the Lenovo I am cloning FROM, but my WD HDD is only going to be used post-cloning as a secondary storage drive. Also, is this compatible with Win8? The download site from WD says up to Win7.
it works on 8 and as long as a WD drive is connected to the system it will allow you to use it.
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Hey, I was wondering if anyone could assist me with a problem I've been getting. I recently have been getting blue screens with a few different error codes, so I went to windows update to see what the problem was. I can search for it in the menu, but when I click on it I get "Page not found, Sorry the page you requested isnt available or you've found an outdated link." I reinstalled windows using the built in tool, and everything was dandy, until everything was updated, and I got the same error message searching for Windows Update again. This did not occur when I fresh reinstalled. During the install process, I also followed the steps for disabling UAC. After I searching for UAC, i clicked on it and nothing happened. I went directly to the control panel and clicked on it there, nothing happened either. Does anyone know what could be going on?
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Sean thanks for the guide - one questions that I haven't seen answered anywhere yet:

I just ordered a laptop with an SSD and an HDD. You mention taking the HDD out before installing the OS to the SSD... is there any issue if I leave the HDD in? I imagine it is possible to remove the HDD from the laptop, but it would be much simpler to leave them both in the whole time if that doesn't cause any issues.

Thanks!
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Sean thanks for the guide - one questions that I haven't seen answered anywhere yet:

I just ordered a laptop with an SSD and an HDD. You mention taking the HDD out before installing the OS to the SSD... is there any issue if I leave the HDD in? I imagine it is possible to remove the HDD from the laptop, but it would be much simpler to leave them both in the whole time if that doesn't cause any issues.

Thanks!
i think a few pages back i did. maybe it was in my other one. But you can leave it in. id just format the os drive with diskpart first before install to prevent the system reserve from being put on the hdd.
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Sean's Windows 8 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs





Please do not PM me for help with the guide or any questions about SSDs/HDDs and Windows!
Please post your questions in the thread or make a new thread!
I will no longer be replying to PMs about this information!

Note: For Windows 7 please go here: (link)

Why I created this guide:
Well, because of all the positive feedback I got from my Windows 7 Install and Optimization Guide I decided to make one for Windows 8! This guide meant to help anyone with a SSD/HDD install and optimize their Windows 8 installation. I am currently using Windows 8 in virtual machines, I am pretty new to the new OS design so I will constantly update this guide for everyone's benefit as I learn more. If you have any suggestions please feel free to let me know as well!

If you have any problem or question on the guide, windows, storage, firmware, drivers, whatever please do not hesitate to ask in this thread!

A quick word on SSDs:
SSDs do NOT require the confusing and intense setup that a lot of people seem to suggest. The current day SSDs are much more reliable and literally all that is necessary is to change the SATA mode to AHCI in the BIOS/UEFI, install, and you are good to go. I highly recommend reinstalling your OS instead of migrating/mirroring it from a HDD when you get a SSD. It may take longer, but it is worth it in the end. Also, if you want to learn more about SSDs or see my recommended SSDs then click here: (More info here)

System Requirements:
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
  • To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
  • To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768

Before you begin:
  • Installation and optimization will take anywhere from 10min-3hrs depending on your system.
  • Windows will take up ~ 7-15GB after the guide is complete.
  • Make sure you have all your personal you want to keep data backed up, all the data on your OS drive will be deleted before installation.
  • The installation section of this guide is not for those of you who are going to dual boot. For that please look here: (link)
  • Make sure you have all your drivers for your motherboard and other hardware, especially the network driver just in case Windows does not have the right one for your PC.
  • Any program installed in a previous Windows installation drive will not be usable on a new installation, you need to reinstall them again even if installed on another drive.
  • There may be compatibility issues with some of your programs so please be aware.

Windows 8 ISO download links: -> (Click to show)
There are currently no direct digital river download links, however, you can still download the installer/iso if you have your product key.

  1. Follow this link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only
  2. Click the "Install Windows 8" button
  3. Download the file
  4. Open it and enter your product key
  5. Download the Windows 8 installer files
  6. Once downloaded you will have the option to make a Windows 8 iso or to create a USB install device

Make a Windows 8 Bootable USB Installer: -> (Click to show)
Burn the ISO to a DVD easily with the Windows Disc Image Burner: (link)

Burn the ISO to a DVD or USB with the USB/DVD download tool: (link)
With the Windows tool it formats the USB to NTFS, so if you are going to do a GPT install do not use the tool. For the UEFI to see your USB for a GPT install it needs to be formatted to FAT32.

How to make a bootable Windows 8 USB Installer with CMD:
  1. Open and run CMD as Administrator
  2. Type Diskpart, press Enter
  3. Type List Disk, press Enter
  4. Type Select Disk # (where # is the number your USB drive shows up as), press Enter
  5. Type Clean, press Enter
  6. Type Create Partition Primary, press Enter
  7. Type Active, press Enter
  8. Type Format Quick FS=FAT32, press Enter
  9. Type Assign, press Enter
  10. Type Exit, press Enter
  11. Copy everything from the Windows 8 installation DVD onto the USB key (a simple drag and drop will do; if you have an .iso extract or mount first).



Just bought a new laptop with windows 8 on it, along with a new SSD. Will the .iso link here work to install it on my new SSD for the laptop, or is it only for upgrades from W7?
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It gives you an iso based on your product key.
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