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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Feb 4 2014 10:32 AM

I finally obtained a high performance laptop and I'd like to get it right here the first time.  I'm probably capable of getting Logos 5 up and running on a Windows 8  SSD.  But some of the advanced configuration are beyond my current knowledge level.  Logos partitions.  OS partitions.  It's all much like Greek to me.


Where can I get the education I need to have a hot-rodded Logos 5 setup?  How many partitions should I have on my 240GB SSD?  Of what size should they be?  Microsoft Office is the only other big app I'll be running on the machine.

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 11:46 AM

Did the laptop come with an O.S. pre-installed, and an existing partition and file system configuration? If so, what is it?

The laptop I just got came with 2 physical drives (both SSD) combined into a single RAID logical drive partitioned into separate C: and D:. I've left it like that and installed Logos into D:\Other Programs\Logos5. Given the physical inaccessibility of the drives in this laptop (Ultrabook), that seems to be a decent balance.

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 12:25 PM

C: Windows 905 GB Total - 53.8 GB Used - 851 GB Free
D: RECOVERY 25.5 GB Total - 22.9 GB Used - 2.5 GB Free


It's a 5200 RPM HDD.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 12:50 PM

Michael Anda:
Where can I get the education I need to have a hot-rodded Logos 5 setup? How many partitions should I have on my 240GB SSD?  Of what size should they be? 

See this Windows link for partitioning your SSD. If you have only a C: drive follow the link for shrinking a partition. Mqke C: ("Total size after shrink") about 100 GB. You only need 2 partitions (C: and D:).

Michael Anda:
Microsoft Office is the only other big app I'll be running on the machine.

Put MS Office on the C: drive as normal. Do a Custom install of Logos and specify the D: drive as its location (it will actually install it at D:\Logos5).

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 12:57 PM

Michael Anda:
It's a 5200 RPM HDD.

I thought you had an SSD, so are you wanting to install an SSD or repartition this HDD?

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:07 PM

So ROUGHLY two equally sized partitions?  My SSD has 228,937 MB of available space.

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:09 PM

The stock laptop drive is a 1 TB HDD.  This is the drive I want to replace with a 240 GB SSD.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:16 PM

Michael Anda:
The stock laptop drive is a 1 TB HDD.  This is the drive I want to replace with a 240 GB SSD.

Then you are going to rely on the Clone software that came with the SSD to get the HDD onto the SSD with automatically shrunk drives and then physically replace the HDD with the SSD in the laptop. This is very demanding, technically and if you don't have the cloning software you will have to research the topic on the Internet and also create a Windows Repair Disk if the SSD is not recognised as a boot disk!

Are you ready for this?

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:17 PM

My OS is Windows 8

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:18 PM

Well then, I'm going to let er rip.  Thanks, Dave.

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:26 PM

This throws me.  They do have an automatic option that is the default.

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:32 PM

Looks like Partition 4 is where my C: Windows contents will go.  Partition 5 is where the D: RECOVERY contents will land.  I'm assuming Partitions 1, 2, and 3 are reserved for some system function.  Changing 4 and 5 has proved to be easy.

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:36 PM

Partitions 1 and 2 are changeable.  3 is noted as immtable.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:41 PM

I'm not familiar with this software, but Windows has "hidden" partitions for recovery and booting so the 5 that are listed is what you have! If it automatically adjusts size then "let 'er rip".

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:43 PM

Michael Anda:

Partitions 1 and 2 are changeable.  3 is noted as immtable.

If a partition is nearly full then its size cannot be changed.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 1:48 PM

Michael Anda:

Well then, I'm going to let er rip.  Thanks, Dave.

Make sure you create a Windows 8 Repair Disk (see Windows Help or google for it).

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 2:25 PM

I didn't create a repair disk.  Should this happen before I swap drives?  I will, of course, have the RECOVERY volume in two places when finished.  The original HDD will have a copy and the new SSD will have the cloned copy on Partition 5.

Also, any settings need to be changed before I swap the two drives?

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 2:45 PM

Michael Anda:
 Should this happen before I swap drives?

Yes. Although Windows 8 may present you with repair options (not sure about this).

Michael Anda:
 I will, of course, have the RECOVERY volume in two places when finished

That assumes you can boot from the SSD in the first place, which is what the Repair disk is intended to fix. At worst, you simply go back to the HDD.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 2:49 PM

Michael Anda:
Also, any settings need to be changed before I swap the two drives?

Windows will take care of that after you have booted from the SSD.

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2014 2:56 PM

FYI, Partitions 1 and 2 represented Drive C: and Drive D from the HDD. After the cloning ended I saw that Partitions 4 and 5 were seen by the computer as being Drive E: and Drive F:

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