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The use of mSATA

  1. #91


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    whs,

    I cleaned the 238gb SSD disk by following your script described in your earlier post. Then, the whole C-partition (56gb) and EFI (500mb) was restored on the SSD using Acronis. It look OK but I want to watch more often. So far, I found three subtle differences:
    a) Response to mouse cursor is slower
    b) There is a warning on McAfee antivirus which stopped scanning and working. There seems to be a problem with McAfee.
    c) Background color of desktop is often changed into purples color for a just moment. That happens quite frequently.

    I thought that it may take a few days to stabilize the Windows system in SSD disk. These problems seem to be subtle, though.
    I will let you know how it goes.

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  2. #92


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    a) The mouse speed you can adjust.
    b) McAfee is not my favorite. That I uninstall always as first - but if you do, use the mcpr.exe
    c) that's strange. No idea what the SSD could have to do with that

    How fast does it boot. Have a look into Event100 in Event Viewer. Drill down this chain:

    Eventvwr
    Applications and Service Logs
    Microsoft
    Windows
    Diagnostics - performance
    Operational
    Event ID 100
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  3. #93


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    WHS,

    whs,
    I left the SSD_win 8.1 running overnight, hoping that could stabilize the SSD system.
    It seems there are many problem. I attached the screenshot of the Event 100. In this dialog box, the number of events listed is 1157. All of them have warnings or errors.

    The problem I see is that the wallpaper turns into purple screen frequently.
    McAfee stopped working. I have an unopened NOD32 (2014) for three computer. I could install it. Antivirus program is no big deal. The major problem is Adobe Photoshop is not working. The error has to do with scratch file which could not be opened.

    My feeling is that restoring Windows with Acronis could be the problem. I wonder I should install Widows directly on SSD.

    I might try re-install windows on SSD later. Once you viewed the attachment, I will delete it.
    Last edited by hummer7; 19 Feb 2014 at 23:19.
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  4. #94


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    I am going to repeating the similar process on SSD.
    I will let you know how it goes.
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  5. #95


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    I repeated again. The same results. I cleaned the SSD disk now.
    I recall that when a backup file is restored with Acronis, it increases the size of file.
    That implies that Acronis adds up a considerable amount of files on SSD, which might have caused all these problems.
    I might re-visit Macrium. Macrium is the way to go.
    Hope that works.
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  6. #96


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    There is definitely something wrong. Acronis might have done that. Unfortunately I cannot help you there because I have not used Acronis in years. I use free Macrium which never gave me a problem.

    The long boot time could have many cause. One of them is a bad SSD alignment. No idea what Acronis does in that respect.

    As you know, I run systems on 7 SSDs and never had any of those problems. Maybe a fresh install is the best. Then the instller will make all the relevant settings.

    The purple problem cannot be the SSD. That may be a problem with the GPU driver.

    If you use a Macrium image, make sure you first align the SSD. And don't forget the system partition.

    SSD Alignment - Windows 7 Help Forums

    SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  7. #97


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    make sure you first align the SSD.
    Sorry to jump in here but are you sure this is still required?
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  8. #98


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    whs,
    Before restore on SSD, this is what I did:

    Diskpart
    List disk
    Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
    Clean
    Create partition primary align=1024
    Format fs=ntfs quick
    Active (assuming you want to install an OS)
    Exit

    I used the same 1024.
    I wonder the align number should be changed because the size of SSD is 238GB.
    If so, what number should I use?
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  9. #99


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    1024 is fine. I have even aligned SSDs with 64, Some people recommend 4096 although I see no reason why that should be better.
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  10. #100


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    make sure you first align the SSD.
    Sorry to jump in here but are you sure this is still required?
    Depends, if you install Windows 7 or 8 with an installation disc, the installer will do the alignment. But if you restore an image coming from a HDD, it is required. For an image coming from an aligned SSD, it is not required because the imaging program maintains the alignment - at least Macrium does.
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