Upgrading SSD

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  1. djg05

    djg05 Registered Member

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    I have been using a basic 128 SSD partitioned with basically Win 8 installed on one partition of 60 gb.

    That worked ok, but I decided to upgrade to a larger faster model and just installed the image from the smaller one on to the new. I am not sure if that was the best way to do it as it does not perform any better and maybe a little slower.

    I received an attractive email from Perfect Disk and installed that but to no good effect. I have never found de-fraggers to be of any benefit so don't why I changed my mind over this.

    Any thoughts/advice would be welcome.
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    djg05,

    Is the partition on the new SSD 1 MiB aligned? (2048 sector aligned)

    Which imaging app did you use?
     
  3. Mortal Raptor

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    Cloning is for lazy people who don't know how to install an OS (no offense to you) you will never get the 100% performance from a cloned OS and the possibilities of partition misalignment.

    Do it the hard way, backup, format, and start from fresh on the new SSD
     
  4. Brian K

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    Mortal Raptor,

    I completely disagree.
     
  5. zapjb

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    For me imaging is the way to go. Just played with 8.1 using 7. With 7 & EaseUS Todo Backup Advanced Server I just restore an image and I'm good to go.

    If it's dissimilar hardware after the restore I change the partitions as needed with GParted. Easy Peasy.
     
  6. Mortal Raptor

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    I respect that, you are somehow right, if a system was 100% clean with no junkware installed, the correct drivers from the manufacturer, and using a proper cloning program that would align the partitions properly like Macrium Reflect or Paragon Migrate OS to SSD, then cloning would work the same.

    But the reason I always recommend a clean install is often people have had their Windows installation for a long time, and is cluttered with junk, thus affecting the overall performance of the system in general which in turn wouldn't give the 100% performance of that SSD, hence why I always recommend a clean install.
     
  7. djg05

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    Thanks Brian

    I am never sure about the alignment issue and don't know how that should be checked.

    I used Active@ for the imaging.

    I have also noticed that I have "Service Host Local System" taking a lot of the resources.

    Edit - I have since discovered that that was being caused by Superfetch. I have now disabled it together with Prefetch. No discernable difference though.
     
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  8. djg05

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    Well in part I agree with you, but with this system since it was installed I have always kept a baseline image which is constantly returned to and the windows updates added and any necessary software also installed. That way any bloat is regularly discarded and only needed software added.

    I have a lot of business s/f installed and the thought of hours reinstalling it all is one to be avoided.
     
  9. djg05

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    I have checked the alignment with AOMEI partition manager which says it is correct. This is also confirmed by the SSD dashboard app - see image below
     

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  10. zapjb

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    Defraggers are NOT to be used on SSDs. Continued use of defraggers or Windows automatic background defragger (7 has it don't know if 8.1 does) will degrade performance of SSDs & shorten their lifespan.
     
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