Samsung migration software is crapola ! After several tries it still
did not work. This was the latest Samsung SW on-line.
I tried fixing the boot sector with MR Free CD but that did not work.
So I cloned the HDD C:\ to the SSD using MR Free clone. ! THAT WORKED
! I booted FAST.
You posted into TWO Windows newsgroups: XP and 7. XP does not support
the TRIM function on SSDs. Without TRIM, the SSD will become gradually
slower -- unless the SSD itself includes code in its firmware to do the
garbage collection but that only happens when the drive is idle (the
manufacturers don't reveal how long before they detect a drive is idle).
Piriform's Defraggler, a drive defragmenter, claims it can perform the
equivalent TRIM commands as does the OS.
So you could use Defraggler but that is a manually instigated operation.
Create a reminder in whatever calendaring program you use to remind
yourself to run a TRIM about once per month. Defraggler can be ran from
the command line; see:
You could have Defraggler run as a scheduled event in Task Scheduler. I
don't know if Defraggler detects the SSD and issues a TRIM or if it is a
special menu selected function. In the latter case, a scheduled
Defraggler won't include the TRIM. If you use a 3rd party defragmenter,
make sure it is the only one used within an instance of Windows. That
means disabling Windows own defrag on Windows startup (boot-time defrag)
and disable it running at any time, like on a schedule. I saw no
command line switch to Defraggler to tell it to *only* perform a TRIM.
I tried to find how the user tells Defraggler to do a TRIM but all I
find are articles like:
A Google search eventually found:
Make damn sure whatever defragmenter you use recognizes the SSD drive as
SSD media, not as an HDD. I haven't used Windows XP for a long time.
You asked about an SSD in the T500 laptop in the Windows 7 newsgroup.
Wikipedia on Defraggler says it still supports Windows XP; however,
articles at Wikipedia can be incorrect or out of date. Piriform doesn't
list system requirements for Defraggler. If you had not muddied the
water by mixing different versions of Windows to cross-post your thread
(and your other same-topic threads, too), respondents might've notified
you earlier that Windows XP does not support TRIM. Without the
background TRIM to erase previously used memory blocks and flag them
immediately reusable, each write will get preceded by an erase and slows
the over write operation.
Defragmenters use different layouts and algorithms for where to put
clusters on the drive. That means they conflict with each other.
Defrag with one means out-of-alignment to the other, so they perform
unnecessary cluster movement to align to their own preferences.
You do NOT want to defrag an SSD as that puts unnecessary write wear on
the SSD which means it will fail earlier. All flash memory dies due to
oxide stress on their junctions, so an SSD will work until it
catastrophically fails. Make sure you save backups.
Now I need to get my HDD D:\ to the SSD. Suggestions please.
That doesn't say what you plan to do. Are you going to slice up the SSD
into two partitions, like C: for the OS+apps partition and D: for a data
files partition? Or do you simply want to copy the data files from the
HDD into the C: partition on the SSD?
And how are you going to attach the HDD to the laptop which now has the
SSD in place of the HDD? Are you going to get a USB enclosure in which
to put the HDD? If so, does the laptop have USB3 ports or only the far
slower USB2 ports? From what I found for T500 specs, it only has USB2
ports. The HDD is now outside the laptop. How are you going to connect
it to the laptop to use it there?
P.S. I think that Samsung has abandoned Win XP since the Magician SW
craps out saying it wants a later Win OS so maybe the migration SW
cannot handle Win XP any more. BUT there was no message as such.
Use the link to the online copy of the program's guide. In there it
says what versions of Windows that it supports.
Magician will NOT perform automatic and background TRIM operations. The
assumption is you use their SSD on an OS that has built-in support for
TRIM commands. Windows XP does not, but you posted in the Windows 7
newsgroup, too, hence muddied up where you intended to use an SSD.
Magician is separate from the migration SW. Magician is used to
optimize the SSD and that worked on other laptops I have used it on.
Guess you'll have to find the installers you used for Magician on those
"other laptops" with unidentified versions of Windows.
I will have to locate the older copies of Samsung SW on other PCs where
i did also do a HDD to SSD on Win XP pro successfully.
Just remember that *you* will need to manually load Magican and run its
Optimize function to issue the TRIm commands. There is no CLI (command
line interface) to Magician, so you cannot add it in Task Scheduler to
do a TRIM on the SSD.