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HDD to SSD transfer, but computer is now slow

  1. #1


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    HDD to SSD transfer, but computer is now slow


    The computer I am using is a Dell Inspiron M5040 laptop.

    I got a Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD to replace my HDD, and used the Samsung Software that came with it to image my OS over to the SSD. It had an error at first, so I removed my antivirus program and ran it again, and it worked.

    Everything works pretty much the same, except for noticeable differences in search and Internet webpage access.

    If I search in Explorer, the searches are fast and prompt. But if I search with the regular search charm ( WIN+S ), searches are more than 7x slower than on the previous HDD. Also, webpages a quick to load on different computers (not the internet speed, in other words). But this computer had slow loads, and now the loading is even slower on the new SSD.

    Things I've tried:
    Multiple SFC scans - all say there is some files that could not be fixed
    All windows updates installed
    enabled Trimm, updated SSD firmware, ran Windows SSD optimization, optimized computer for SSD use
    Reset Internet Explorer
    Rebuilt index

    Any further help much appreciated. I'm thinking of ditching this slower laptop in favor of something... anything nearby. Regretting either imaging to another drive, or using Samsung to do it.

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  2. #2


    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Well, apparently the power options still reflected 'balanced' despite my attempted change, so I changed it to high performance through the group policy editor. It is a big improvement, but still it is about twice as slow as previously (much better than 7x). It is workable though, I guess. Let me know if anyone has a suggestion. I am using it a whole lot less, and have moved all its files to a server. I still access them through this computer, however.
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    I've never done an HD to SSD so make sure your starting offset are correctly set for the new SSD or it will not run at optimum. This works for Windows 8.x too!

    Check your SSD Partition Alignment

    Here's mine for example:

    Click image for larger version

    my2cents
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    Southern California
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    ^ Neat feature. But yes, it returns a whole number. I had the Samsung program do all of that automatically, as the transfer software came with the SSD.
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    Hi again DustSailor,

    I guess I should have read your thorough explanation in more detail but I did notice you upgraded your firmware. Now, did you do that before or after the software transition? The reason I asked is because I have seen many issues arise when someone tries to do an SSD firmware update after installation. If you did it after, are you sure the manufacturer said it was OK to do it that way?
    Last edited by my2cents; 20 Feb 2014 at 06:38.
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  6. #6


    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Hey mate,

    I did do it after. It was a 'do at your own risk' type deal, but seemed successful. However, the reason I did do it to begin with was that the system was slow (before the firmware update). So there was no adverse reaction to the firmware update that I could tell.
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    Yes, but if you had done the firmware update before the installation, that might have fixed issues that are now causing your slowness. Please understand I am not trying to explain why it might be necessary to do it beforehand. The only thing I can tell you is that it is a best practice and recommended (or required) by many SSD manufacturers. Now, on to the slowness, the Samsung 840 Pro series is the top-of-the-line IMHO and includes many features that other SSDs lack. Moreover, if you go to the Passmark website, the Samsung 840 SSDs are the top performers. With that said, would you be willing to do a benchmark test (using ATTO) and post the results? Here's mine for comparison:

    Click image for larger version

    Note that my SSD meets the manufacturer's stated requirements on large block transfers:
    Patriot Pyro PP60GS25SSDR 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com

    You can download ATTO here and give it a whirl if you like:
    ATTO Disk Benchmark Free Download
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    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Sure, but give me some time, as I won't be able to start this till tomorrow night. Thanks for the help
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
    Sure, but give me some time, as I won't be able to start this till tomorrow night. Thanks for the help
    So, did you ever solve your issue?
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  10. #10


    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Sorry mate,

    I got the test here (quicker than I thought it would take...)
    Click image for larger version

    Almost half the score of your test above.
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