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Windows 7: Clone 60Gb SSD to 250Gb HDD - not working so far


04 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Clone 60Gb SSD to 250Gb HDD - not working so far

Hey guys (and ladies).

Although there are many forums with this topic laid out, I have tried everything by the book and have no luck. Here's the problem:

I have a 4 drive setup:
-60Gb SSD (Windows 7 Ult x64 + some programs) (c)
-30Gb SSD (i)
-1Tb HDD (h)
-250Gb HDD (empty reserved for Win) (f)

As the 60Gb SSD drive is full I want to migrate the whole drive to the empty 250Gb HDD. Of course, no need to say that I want everything to run afterwards without any re-installs (also the files on i and h)

I have tried many clone softwares (Paragon, EaseUS ToDo etc) and the clone goes ok, but it wont boot from the destination drive. Luckily enough I still have the original c drive otherwise I would be stuck!
I also looked at the Windows backup and restore, but by default it want to clone all my drives and I cant deselect them (over a Tb of a backup??)

Now what can I do to get this sorted? I just want contents of the 60Gb SSD (with Windows 7) on the empty 250Gb HDD.
Any ideas of a program that DOES work?
Also, when cloned, the new drive is not 'c' anymore.
How would all programs/files work?
Or is the idea that you delete the original drive and then rename the copy to 'c'?

I probably do something wrong, but a clean install would take days (as webdesigner I use loads of software and not looking forward to reinstall all those)

Thanks a ton for a possible solution!!


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05 Apr 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Did you check the boot order or sequence on bios after the clone process? And second, you need to clone from outside windows using the bootable version of Paragon, EaseUS, Acronis, etc.
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05 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

..........and, if you clone it and it won't boot. Disconnect the SSD drive and pop the Windows 7 DVD in the drive and start a boot repair with it.
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05 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks both for the answers, and 1 of them did the trick!

All the apps I have used before ran from Windows, which didn't make sense to me (as using processes at the time). So I used Clonezilla (booting from CD into RAM) and it worked a treat. I have everything running from the large disc now, which is 'c'.

The old 'c' went offline.
Brought it back online, formatted it into new volume and voila!

Job done, thanks for the 'run out of windows tip'!
Did the trick!
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