16) Create a “Performance Benchmark” reference baseline:
Use this as a guide for when you need to run the “Performance Optimization” tool. This is especially important for computers that do not have AHCI enabled or you have Windows XP installed. In both of these cases TRIM will not function and you will need to optimize the SSD periodically. As a general guide I recommend running the benchmark mark only weekly, once you see the drive’s performance drop down by 30% or more then its time to optimize the drive.
Note: Do not run the benchmark more than once per day as excessive benchmarking can cause wear on the SSD. Once you have established a reliable time period for how may days or weeks it takes for performance to degrade to the point where it become necessary to run the optimization utility you can skip running the benchmark.
Example: Over a period of several months, a 30% loss in performance is observed about every 3 weeks after optimizing the drive. Therefor you can, based on your computer’s usage pattern perform optimization twice a month, thereby skipping the need to run the performance benchmark altogether.
Again this is only necessary if AHCI is disabled OR you are using Windows XP or Vista. Windows 7 natively supports TRIM and as such there should be no need to run any additional performance benchmarks or optimization.
17) Enable Hibernation: If you disabled hibernation in step 4 above, you may want to consider re-enabling it if you have a laptop or to conserve energy on your desktop and there is a sufficient amount of free space still available on the SSD.
How to Enable Hibernation: Click Start/All Programs/Accessories/Right click on the “Command Prompt” option and select “Run as administrator”, click Yes. At the command prompt enter: powercfg.exe -h on Press the Enter key Next enter: exit and press the enter key to close out the command prompt window.
18) Turn on System Protection (restore points): Click Start/Control Panel/System/System Protection tab/Configure. Choose the “Restore system settings and previous versions of files” option.
Since the SSD Windows partition is only 87GB in size I moved the slider to a max usage of 4% which is approximately 3.5GB. For larger SSD unit this size can be adjusted upwards accordingly.
Click ‘Apply’ and then the ‘OK’ button.
19) Update the performance index scores: (Start/Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/Performance Information and Tools).
Note: All Hard drives no matter how fast are limited to a maximum score of 5.9, an SSD unit can easily exceed this value.
Intro: How to move Windows 7 from a larger Hard Drive to a smaller SSD drive using Norton Ghost 15 Page 2- 1) Install Ghost 15. Page 3 - 2) Create a System Restore Disk (SRD). Page 4 - 3) Create a baseline image backup. Page 5 - 4) Calculate the size of your Windows partition for use on the SSD. 5) Optional: Move user’s data files (Documents, Photo, Music, Etc.) to your USB drive. 6) Optional: Disable Hibernation. 7) Reduce the amount of space allowed for system restore points.
Page 6 - 8) Run Disk Cleanup and check amount of used disk space on hard drive. 9) Check amount of used disk space on hard drive. 10) Disable the Windows Scheduled Defragmentation.
Page 7 - 11) Shrink the Windows partition down to a size that will fit on your SDD. Page 8 - 12) Create Image Backup of the System, Reserved and Windows 7 partitions. 13) Verification of ACHI Mode. 14) Install and initialize the SSD drive.
Page 9 & 10 - 15) Coping the hard drive to your SSD drive from within the Windows environment.
Page 11 - 16) Create a “Performance Benchmark” reference baseline. 17) Enable Hibernation. 18) Turn on System Protection (restore points). 19) Update the performance index scores.
Page 12 - 20) Create your first Restore Point. 21) Create your first image backup of the SSD drive. 22) What to do with your hard drive. 23) Verify Windows 7 boots and both drives are listed in Disk Management.
Page 13 - 24) Move the Windows 7 pagefile (Optional). 25) Restore user’s documents from USB drive to newly created partition on hard drive.