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The use of mSATA

  1. #31


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    Windows 8.1


    I am trying to digest what you described above. I am tempted to try your suggestion. The easiest way which I think is to restore the 1st tib image (25 gb) to the mSATA drive directly (after cleaning it). Then, I could delete acronis program and hiberfile and shrink the pagefile to 2 GB. That is an easy part.

    The major concern is that when I start to install programs (Adobe CS6 , Microsoft office 2013 suite or others) onto other drive, some of program files would be installed into mSATA drive too. The size of mSATA could easily exceed 32 GB as more programs are installed.

    Another question is whether windows 8.1 in C-drive should be uninstalled before restoring the image to mSATA or not.

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  2. #32


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    1. No need to uninstall Windows from the HDD until you are really comfortable with the SSD version. All you need to do is change the boot sequence to set to the SSD before the HDD.

    2. There is no need to worry about Office, etc. I have an ASUS Transformer that has only a 30GB SSD. It has full Office 2013 and a bunch of other programs and I still have 13GB free. I even made a small test partition of 1GB (what a luxery). I always keep a small test partition around - for all kinds of purposes.

    And if you install the biggies on the HDD, there should be no problem at all.

    This is Disk Management of my Transformer. D is a MicroSD card and E is a USB stick.


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  3. #33


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks whs,

    Last night, I cleaned the SSD drive as you suggested.
    The commands your described worked very nicely. THE SSD drive is confirmed to be NTFS-formatted.

    I also downloaded the free version of Macrium Reflect.
    What I got to do now is to shrink from 150 gb to about 20GB size in c-drive.
    The attached image shows the size of folders in my c-drive.
    I found an article on how to move folders from C-drive to other drive using Audit Mode.
    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk
    I will try to follow this instruction.

    As seen in the attachment, Program Files , Program Files x 86, Program Data, Virtual machine and User folders are big ones. They must be moved to second drive. I wonder Users folder can be moved safely or not. Even after moving all of these folders to the second drive, the final size of C-windows would be much bigger than 30 gb. For example, the size of Windows itself (see the red arrow) is almost 30 gb.

    Please guide me how to handle all these problems. I am very seriously interested in doing this transition.


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  4. #34


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    Vista and Win7


    I found an article on how to move folders from C-drive to other drive using Audit Mode.
    User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk
    I will try to follow this instruction.
    This is no good. Don't do that. Everything that belongs to the system should go to the SSD. Leaving system stuff on the HDD is counterproductive and will slow your system down. Just try to reduce the size of the data on C the 'manual way'.

    The programs we have to sort out. There must be some big games or other unusually big programs. Please post a pic of the content of program files and program files x86.

    Also run WinDirStat ( WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics ) - I always get it from Filehippo.com - is easier - just decline the junk. That will give us a better picture where the chunks are (see my 8.1 pic below). I also see virtual machines. Those can go on the HDD.

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  5. #35


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    I don't play any game. So I do not have any game on all of my computers.
    Reducing of c-windows partition would be tough, I guess.
    Again, my computer contains tons of programs. I attached two screen captures from the Total Commander.
    The left pane of the first image is the list of Program Files and the rest (a total of three panes), the list of Program Files (x86).

    Attachment 36683 Attachment 36684

    I forgot to mention this: I am working in my office now. These screen captures are from my office windows 7 computer . But they are almost identical to that on my home Windows 8 computer.
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  6. #36


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Hmm, you have indeed a lot of programs and some junk too - e.g. Bonjour. The big ones would have to go on the HDD (needs reinstall of the programs). In that case it may be better to reinstall the whole system on the SSD and start from scratch because you probably have a big winsxs folder which will not budge when you uninstall programs. Those .dlls stay forever. What do you think and do you have an installation DVD for your 8.1 ??
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  7. #37


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    OK. I have no idea what Bonjour is. I saw that in Windows xp. I read that it came from Apple. It really does not matter.
    It came with Windows 8 Recovery Media.

    About 2 weeks ago. My windows 8 crashed. Dell sent out a local Dell contractor and replaced a new motherboard. The tech installed windows 8 using the windows 8 recovery media. This computer is Dell. We could install Windows easily without typing product code. Since a new motherboard was installed here, I got type in the long product code to install windows 8.


    BTW, how can I removed the attachment (of Program files). I do not reveal them as a privacy.
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  8. #38


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    whs,

    I deleted the two attachments. Re-installing those programs is a time-consuming process.
    I might try it when I feel comfortable later. Thanks for all your help.
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  9. #39


    Posts : 84
    Windows 8.1


    whs, I have a question for you about creating a bootable rescue media from Macrium. There were two options: Widnows PE 3.1 or Linus. Which one would you like to recommend for windows 7 or 8? Could you please describe pros and cons between these two options.

    I have been using Acronis True Image for about ten years. It works super to me. Its bootable disk is based on Linus.
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  10. #40


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Your best and easiest option is to download the .iso from my Skydrive and burn that to CD. The Linux version is usoless and creating the WinPE yourself requires a WAIK download (1.7GB) which will tie up your connection for 2 hours. The download from my Skydrive takes only a few minutes.
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