Monday, April 16, 2012

SSD'ing soon? If you're upgrading from spinning media make sure you let Windows know (and here's some tips how)

IT Knowledge Exchange - Windows Enterprise Desktop - Maximizing an SSD Conversion Experience

"For many Windows 7 (and even some Windows 8 ) users switching over to a solid state disk, or SSD, comes after the OS has already been installed to a conventional drive. The adventure begins — but doesn’t end — with cloning the old HD to an SSD. That’s because although Windows 7 or 8 will happily set themselves up for best behavior with an SSD if you install them to an SSD to begin with, the same is not true when you start on a conventional HD and only later move from that drive to a solid state replacement.

This situation is particularly common for notebook or laptop PC owners who may — like me — choose to take whatever comes standard on such PCs that they buy from a vendor or reseller, only to install an SSD once the unit has been delivered, and the software and setup (and drivers) tweaked to where they really need to be. I do this because vendors and resellers tend to mark SSDs up by $50 or more from what you can purchase the same units from online e-tailers such as Newegg or Provantage (two very good online sources for rock-bottom SSD prices, particularly during their regular special promotions), and I suspect I’m not alone, either.

I am writing today to recommend two extremely good resources to help people switch over from an HD to an SSD (or to set up such a switch for their users at work)....


I want to make the SSD upgrade jump myself in the near future (just waiting for the bigger drives to come down in price some more) and so when I saw this I knew that I'd need it (and as usual not be able to find it again). The key point to remember is that the hardware upgrade is just the first part of the puzzle, that it's not like just adding a bigger HD, that instead there's a little more work required to let Windows know that it's now on a SSD and to adjust itself and its services appropriately...

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