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I think I'll just do a clean install. Got a new SSD anyway.
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Sounds like a plan.
Make sure you align correctly! Good luck.
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post #13 of 155
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I think I'll just do a clean install. Got a new SSD anyway.

Keep us updated after the reinstall.
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Sounds like a plan.
Make sure you align correctly! Good luck.

Align correctly?
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4k alignment for your ssd.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
he demonstrates it in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGFyEeNn-hk on that page

Wow... shrinking Windows 7 install is awesome! I hate how the standard installation takes up 40+ GB.

Is this method a safe one?

Also, what exactly is the 4K setup for?
post #17 of 155
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Why 4096 as partition offset?
SSDs: It is best to use 4K (4096) alignment (partition offset) over the default 1K (1024) because of how SSD's perform their read/write operations. SSDs are erased in 4K blocks.
With win7, manually aligning isn't necessary and I never did it. still getting advertised performance
Edited by plum - 4/15/12 at 4:36pm
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post #18 of 155
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So it isn't necessary with Windows 7 at all? For sure?
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Probably not. When I didn't manually align, it set it to 1024. Some people argue that 4096 is better. It's not just about performance, it's about wear. A misaligned drive will last about half as long. You want the logical blocks in the partition to line up with the physical blocks in the SSD so that when you delete a block on the partition you only alter one block on the SSD. If a logical block spans two physical blocks, you just doubled you wear.

The 1024 offset should work fine, and should be the Win7 default if it recognizes it as a SSD. You can check the alignment after install. Just make sure you don't end up with something like 31 or 63kb offset.
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post #20 of 155
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OH MAN! I already installed and didn't set it manually! How can I check to see what it's set at?
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