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MarkW

Moving Windows to SSD ?

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Since I built my computer a number of years ago i have added a new video card and also 2 x 250 Samsung EVO SSD's which run FSX-SE and P3D.  I now want to add another SSD with 512GB capacity and move Windows 7 from my Cavair Black HDD to the SSD that now holds FSX (it will be gonzo the minute FSL releases the A320 for P3D).  P3D will be moved to the new 512 SSD and I believe that will require a complete reinstall.

 

No my question is this:  Should I just move Windows following the instructions found many places on the net or wide the entire thing and start over ?  If I do decide to start over are you able to download a reasonably updated version of W7 from Microsoft or do you have to go through the pain of doing all of the updates ?

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Hi Mark,

 

The easiest method would be:

 

1) Clone your caviar disk to your new SSD

2) Remove the caviar disk and set the new SSD as your boot device

 

This would save you a lot of frustrations with all the reinstalls.

 

Good luck,

 

Patrick

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This is probably what I will do. I think I will still need to reinstall p3d on the new drive but that is ok, gives me an opportunity to update to latest version and clean up a few things.

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OK I have P3D all squared away and I copied the C partition of my main drive to the new SSD.  The only problem is the computer keeps starting Windows on the old drive even after I have changed the start order in the BIOS.  Is the only way to get it to work by unplugging the old drive and possibly plugging in the new SSD in that slot.  Once working plus old HDD back in ? 

 

I read in a few places that I need the Windows repair disk to finish the process and get it working.

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Hi Mark,

 

Are you sure that your new SSD is bootable? You can try pressing the F8 key on startup to get the list of disks and select the one you want to boot from. You can also disconnect your old C drive. I'm afraid you miss the boot partition on your SSD.

 

Patrick

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No my question is this: Should I just move Windows following the instructions found many places on the net or wide the entire thing and start over ? If I do decide to start over are you able to download a reasonably updated version of W7 from Microsoft or do you have to go through the pain of doing all of the updates ?

 

Trust me, you will not be sorry. I did a complete clean install of Steam edition and Windows 10 on a Sandisk 490GB SSD, no Boxed stuff. I am not running P3D. The difference between the side by side install I had on Win7 64 is quite amazing. I was in a hurry and was busy on another matter and did not realize until later that (Fairly long DLoad) I had let it install into Program Files(x86). I figured to heck with it, went into property's and found the check box for "Run under Administrator".

I was surprised to find all folders were FSX (Not FSX-SE). I noticed much higher FPS and a decrease in VAS usage.  Windows 10 loads way faster then Win 7 on my rig. The networking is more robust IMHO, others seem to agree. I have 3 I TB WD Black and a Seagate 1TB drive sitting on the shelf, I can tell you with all certainty they will NOT be going back into any machine I own! 

You can turn off a lot of junk in Win 10. I heard, a rummer perhaps, that MS was coming out with a 64bit gaming edition of Win 10? That I would like to see.

In any event I cannot see where you can go wrong, My next machine will have the M.2 NVxyz or what ever the PCIe gitty up is. Windows in the game seem to load faster too.

Merry Xmas

BaldyB

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Copying your c partition is not the same as cloning the c drive..

 

Bad choice of words on my part.  I did clone it using Acronis True Image

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Did you clone the drive or the partition?

 

If you cloned the drive, it should be bootable.

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I cloned the entire drive, Acronis does not allow cloning of just a partition.  Let me try again, perhaps I am not selecting the correct drive in the BIOS.....I have 5 of them now on this computer.

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