Okay i managed to shave off enough GB off my 500GB HDD to fit on my 120GB Samsung Evo SSD. Do you guys know anything about "SSD Alignment"? Whatever that is...
Originally Posted by Jim888
Remember you want ~10% of your ssd to be free space
I actually have 16GB free of 111GB and i plan on shaving it down a lot more; i just didnt have the time to get rid of everything on my HDD i was so excited to clone it and make it work.
Originally Posted by djsi38t
You might consider a fresh install over cloning to a ssd.It can cause issues that can be avoided with a fresh install.
I was definitely considering this; but i have this issue where i got an unsigned driver to install on Win7 64-bit and somehow got a .sys file to let my computer "read" the 10 year old Trackball mouse im using -- i actually forgot how to do it and i simply just didnt have the time to figure out how to do it all over again on a clean install.
I opted for the clone this time; and then when i get Win 8.1 ill sit down and figure out what to do with this mouse and its unsigned drivers.
Originally Posted by Sean Webster
what issues? as long as a proper program is being used alignment will be fine.
I used EaseUS Todo Backup Free and then cloned it. I couldnt do "sector by sector" because it kept saying that it was insufficient space; even if the HDD had 95GB out of 500GB and the SSD had 0GB used out of 110GB (wheres the other 10GB? Lol?). I just picked "optimize for SSD" and i guess it worked? I had to use my Win7 Install CD to repair the boot log on start up, but now it works perfectly.
Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn
Depends on the controller. Sandforce drives have some issues, but Marvell and Samsung's proprietary controllers can be fine with very little free space. You'll only see performance decreases when writing data too; performance will stay the same when reading.
I have a Samsung Evo SSD? Will i need this "alignment" thing? I read this article about how you can use command prompt and enter this command (i have no idea what it is) to "align" it ... i heard if you dont have proper alignment it could affect the health of the SSD/slow it down?
I would LOVE to learn how to speed up my booting times; is it only possible with Win8 ? I saw this guy boot up to his desktop on Win 8 in literally 5 seconds. My boot up time is under 30 seconds ish (i didnt time it) - a lot faster than my HDD's but i would love to make it faster if you guys know how?