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    How to partition new SSD?

    I am about to use a brand new SSD and have seen, in the past, all sorts of warnings about using Windows 7 tools for partitioning and formatting.

    Or should I use something like Partition Master?

    A Google search has turned up so many conflicting views that I am now totally confused.

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    What you need depends on what you want to achieve. Will the OS be on the new drive? If so, do you want to transfer the contents of your current hard drive to the new drive or do you want to do a clean install? Do you need multiple partitions? Alternatively, is it just for additional storage?

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    And I thought to keep things simple.

    Single disk, one partition for clean install.

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    Installing the OS should format the drive.
    My tip: Just let Windows do it's thing.
    Have done it many times, no problems.

    New Samsung SSDs come (came?) with Samsung software to copy the system disk to the new externally USB connected (Samsung!) SSD. The program seems to be some special Acronis piece. Worked like a charm as well for 1:1 transfers.

    On an SSD don't do any defragmenting or other "optimizing"; would be a useless waste of disk accesses - that would only age the SSD faster.
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    Windows 7 has full support for SSDs. Just follow the prompts and all will be well.

    If you want to confirm that TRIM is enabled after the installation, open a Command Prompt and enter this command: fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
    You should get this response: DisableDeleteNotify = 0

    You can perform a real data test to confirm TRIM by running Trimcheck twice.

    cheers, Paul
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    Many SSD's come with a utility to help set them up. If yours does then it's probably worth using.
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    Windows 7 has full SSD support. There shouln't be any issue with formating whatsoever.
    No other tools are needed when starting from a fresh clean install state.
    For re-arranging partitions AFTER Windows 7 has been set up, one of the many free tools will
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    Quote Originally Posted by dd_uk View Post
    all sorts of warnings about using Windows 7 tools for partitioning and formatting.
    As the others said, Win7 will do its thing just fine.

    Bonus: you can use such ignorant warnings as a strong hint to ignore those websites and posters.

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    Wink

    I thought it should be mentioned, after moving your system files from a hdd to ssd, Windows will need to be re-activated.
    Microsoft makes it easy through an automated menu system. Just saying....


    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadKill View Post
    I thought it should be mentioned, after moving your system files from a hdd to ssd, Windows will need to be re-activated.
    Microsoft makes it easy through an automated menu system. Just saying....


    John
    I have never known that to be necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calimanco View Post
    I have never known that to be necessary.
    Nor have I, and I have transferred Windows partitions to new drives many times (including SSDs).
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