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The use of mSATA

  1. #61


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    Last edited by hummer7; 06 Feb 2014 at 17:30.

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  2. #62


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post

    The last one I tried was AOMEI. That works pretty well on 64bit systems but they still have work in progress for the 32bit version. AOMEI caught my attention because they claim that they can align active SSDs with their Partition Assistant. Have not tried it yet but one guy reported that it worked.
    I am trying to decrease the size of Windows 8 partition to prepare to move to 32 GB SSD drive. The first Acronis backup size was 56.7 (it is listed 24.5 gb in a file manager). This is windows 8 (not 8.1) was just now restored. As you suggested, hyberfile is disabled and page file size was changed as: initial size 1500 mb and maximum size 2000 mb. Right now, my computer is auto-updating (to windows 8.1) while re-booting. Here are two questions to you:
    a) How about the setting of the initial size of 1500 mb. Your suggestion would be appreciated.
    b) If I were not able to squeeze the windows partition size to 25 gb, I might try directly install windows 8 on SSD drive. That is what you suggested. If so, I am having two Windows partitions (in C-drive of a SATA drive and SSD). How to select for booting between two windows 8 partitions. Change of the BIOS booting sequence or other>
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  3. #63


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    a) If you mean the pagefile, that can be even set to 1GB = 1000MB
    b) That's easy. Keep tapping F12 (or ESC for HP and Asus) at power-on and highlight the SSD with the up/down keys. Then hit Enter. If you want a permanent setting to boot from the SSD, go into the BIOS via F2. In the Boot tab you can set it to #1 in the boot sequence - although I always set it to #2 because I like the CD/DVD reader to be #1.

    Windows 8.1 should easily fit into 30GB. In fact it should be less than 20GB on the outset and adding normal programs does not take up a lot of space - unless you exaggerate. On my Transformer, 8.1 was 14GB when initially installed. Now it is appr. 16GB with Office and about 20 other programs installed. That is a 32bit version of 8.1 though.
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  4. #64


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    a) If you mean the pagefile, that can be even set to 1GB = 1000MB
    My question is what do you suggest for initial size and maximum size. This is what I set.'

    Initial size: 1000 mb
    maximum size: 2000 mb

    Is that OK?

    I am still working on. I will let you how it goes tomorrow.
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  5. #65


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    You can set it to 1000MB in both cases. That pagefile will probably never be used anyhow. The minimum size I think is 350MB. If you go below that, the system will adjust it automatically.

    Good luck and I hope you will be successful. Would be a nice performance boost for your system.
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  6. #66


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    Eventually I created a smaller windows 8.1 (14 GB). It works nicely on hard drive.
    Then, I successfully copied on SSD (32 gb) using Acronis.
    But it freezes so often. When I looked at SSD drive, it shows 3.007 gb free of 29.8 gb.
    I was puzzled to see that the 14 gb windows 8.1 was expanded to ca. 26 gb.
    I wonder if Acronis is adding up extra gb during the restore.
    I feel that the lack of extra space in SSD (i.e., 3 gb) causes freezings.
    I am thinking to repeat the same process today after cleaning SSD drive using your script.
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  7. #67


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    I am going to try re-install 14 gb windows 8.1 from a bootable Acronis CD (i.e., from CDROM drive).
    If it does not work properly, then forget about SSD.
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  8. #68


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    A 14GB OS on the HDD must be a 14GB OS on the SSD. No idea what Acronis did with it. It must have moved some other stuff too. And freezes should not happen either. I run 7 systems from SSDs and they never freeze - and 5 of them are samll SSDs.
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  9. #69


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    I am learning a lot from whs regarding this issue. I am repeating this process again and again. I tried to restore on SSD drive from CDROM (i.e., Acronis bootable disk for restore). It sees only the main Windows partition as the restore target HD (partition) and does not see all other hard drives and SSD drive. It probably means that I got to get the new Windows 8-compatible 2014 Acronis program (I am using 2013 Pre-Win 8 Acronis).

    But I could restore within windows. As mentioned repeatedly, the size of windows 8.1 which I created is 13.7 GB (from windows explorer) and also listed as 14 gb size in the list of Acronis Backup folder. It is now establsilhed its size is around 14 gb.

    But when I tried to restore, the size of backup file became almost 27gb. I repeated this process so many times. The results are the same. I have no clues how come 14gb size jumped to 27 gb when restore is initiated by Acronis. That is the problem.
    Now, this process is suspended now until I got to figure out how to maintain 14 gb size during the restore process. I will contact with tech support of Acronis. I have no idea whether they could come up with a clear answer to that.

    If the Macrium is compatible with windows 8.1, that would be the way to go. As I described earlier, Macrium does not seem to work on windows 8.1. I might revisit Macrium later.

    The last option is to install windows directly on SSD, which I hope to avoid.

    Thank you for all your help.
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  10. #70


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    Macrium works on 8.1 - only not on your system. That is a pity. Acronis seems to do some strange things. So forget that.

    I would try AOMEI backupper. That works well and is easy to use.

    Free Hard Disk Partition Manager, Backup Software, NTFS to FAT32 Converter - AOMEI Technology
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