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Migrating from HDD TO SSD?

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July 13, 2010 3:44:49 PM

Hello I asked this in a previous forum but I figured that was no harm posting in here as well.

"Hello, I posted this question while looking for recommendations for parts to upgrade my current setup:
http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/showthread.php?t=2832306

Basically I want to know if there are any problems with using a program like Ghost/Acronis to image over my current C drive to the SSD?

I've read an article that says there might be problems when doing this. Another forum has posters saying that it won't have problems but it will degrade my SSD performance. Can anyone give any advice please? Thank you.

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2022304

EDIT: And I've also read one of the stickies on this forum:

http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/showthread.php?t=2782263

What is this about? Should I be concerned about it? Sorry I'm quite the noob here as I've never used SSD before."

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July 13, 2010 8:46:19 PM

In all seriousness, i would just start with a fresh install on the SSD, it is usually good to fresh install every so often. There is always the prospect of having something go wrong otherwise.
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July 13, 2010 8:58:38 PM

I used Acronis to copy my C: from an HDD over to an SSD on my Asus G73jh. I probably could have used the recovery disks I burned from the recovery partition, but since I had no true Windows Install disk, I chose to copy the partition over. As of yet, I have had no problems; I'm not sure if a clean install would be faster, but seeing as how it is so much faster than a regular HDD, I chose to leave it alone.

Right now I'm getting read transfers around 150MB/s on the 80GB Intel SSD. Much lower than advertised, but much faster than the old HDD which could barely muster 75MB/s.
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July 14, 2010 5:02:44 AM

Thanks for all the replies. Decided to just do a fresh install. One last thing worries me. The alignment of ?blocks/pages? on the SSD. Is this done automatically for me when I install a fresh Windows 7 to the SSD? Or do I need to do the steps listed in the post below and why is the magic number 64?:
http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/windows-7-management-su...

Hope someone can clarify this for me thanks!
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July 14, 2010 5:25:52 AM

The only problem with imaging using Acronis or any other software is the alignment part. You need to be careful to apply it correctly.

If you are doing a fresh install of Windows 7 it will do it automatically. Nothing to worry about there.
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