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winsat formal command?

sswilson

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Just ran into a weird situation where I cloned my OS drive from an SSD to a Mechanical drive (I know..... backwards.... ;) ).


The drive booted fine, but was seen as an SSD in the defrag tool thus wouldn't/couldn't defrag. Showed up as a mechanical drive in device manager and no apparent way of forcing the tool to see it as such.


Got lucky on a google search and found a reference to doing a "winsat formal" from the admin command line et voila!!! it works!!!!


That got me wondering if the same command would resolve issues when drives appear to conflict with each other after being migrated from another system without reformatting... anybody have experience with this?
 

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That got me wondering if the same command would resolve issues when drives appear to conflict with each other after being migrated from another system without reformatting... anybody have experience with this?
Doubtful, winsat is just for the performance metrics and in turn enabling/disabling features. Aero glass was the other notable one that winsat would fix back in Windows 7.

I'd suggest running DeviceCleanup (https://www.uwe-sieber.de/misc_tools_e.html) before/after cloning a drive or migrating an OS drive to a new system.
 

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Doubtful, winsat is just for the performance metrics and in turn enabling/disabling features. Aero glass was the other notable one that winsat would fix back in Windows 7.

I'd suggest running DeviceCleanup (https://www.uwe-sieber.de/misc_tools_e.html) before/after cloning a drive or migrating an OS drive to a new system.

So in this case it was probably turning off trim that did the trick?


The other recent issue I had was being unable to add an ODD to a relatively fresh install that had been done with a SSD and a mech drive in the mix (but without the ODD because I was waiting for a SATA power splitter). Splitter arrived but connecting the ODD to the system resulted in the second drive no longer being recognised by windows.


Finally ended up just doing a fresh install which had no problems recognising both of the drives as well as the ODD, which is what got me wondering if this would force a re-initialization of what windows sees as the drive/drive order.
 
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