How do I install Windows 7 on a SDD?

tganley

Is there anything I need to do differently from installation on a traditional HDD?

Tags: HDD, SDD, Windows 7
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dniblock
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Windows should recognize the SSD and automatically disable automatic defragmenting, which you do not want done to SDDs.  Other than that, I would just make certain that I had all the current storage drivers and firmware updates.  I would also use "diskpart clean all" command to wipe the SDD before installing the OS.

jimlynch
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Here's an article that might help:

Windows 7 and SSDs: Setup secrets and tune-up tweaks
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/windows-7-and-ssds-setup-secrets-and-tune...

"Solid-state drives are wicked fast. SSDs start and shut down fast, and they perform read operations (especially random reads) at speeds that blow the doors off conventional hard drives. In the first installment of this series, I gathered the numbers to show just how much faster you can expect an SSD to perform in the real world.

But you might need to jump through some setup hoops to get top performance out of an SSD-equipped PC running Windows 7. That’s because Windows has evolved over many years with features that specifically target the behavior of conventional hard disks. Features like Superfetch and Prefetch and ReadyBoot are designed to monitor files you access at startup and when you launch programs and then arrange them on the disk for optimal access. Because SSDs don’t have motors and spindles and platters and magnetic heads, they don’t benefit from those features and need to be handled differently.

In fact, there are a series of steps that must be performed before an SSD can perform to its full potential on a Windows PC. Skip any of those steps and the results can be disappointing."

Christopher Nerney
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Tganley, I don't know myself, but here are several resources that might be helpful to you. Good luck.

 

Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization  Guide for SSDs & HDDs  

 

How To Migrate Windows 7 to a Solid State Drive

 

How to Install Windows 7 on SSD

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