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Windows 7: How to Clone a Windows 7 Partition to a new Hard Drive?

20 Apr 2012   #31
chobo2

Windos 7 Pro 32 bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
As a first step you can do tis: How to Clone a Windows 7 Partition to a new Hard Drive?
You can stop after If not loading OS on SSD-W try Startup Repair
All the rest is to speed up everything.

With partition wizard you can customize further:
  • Resize the partitions
  • Move the partitions to the left or right
Quite simple.

Do a startup repair afterwards if you changed "start sector" of some windows partition or boot partition. Maybe parition wizard is smart enough and does it automatically (I mean update bootmenu)
Ya that is my first goal getting it to load up . Maybe by then an consensuses will be determined if doing the other steps are needed.


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20 Apr 2012   #32
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
False!

MS correctly creates partitions and volumes on a SSD.

Try it. Use DiskPart if you would like, although of course don't go in there and change the alignment.


Please see:
Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives - Engineering Windows 7 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
If you meant that then you're right.
But you CAN'T clone a partition with win7 standard. If you clone with 3rd party tools or bootable CD (for example partition wizard) you HAVE TO realign afterwards
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20 Apr 2012   #33
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

chobo,
My last post related to alignment was directed at a dissenter. Please forgive any confusion.

Define for me, perhaps by example, what you mean by "work partition' and "personal partition".

As a warm-up for consequential recommendations,
take a look at:
User Folders - Change Default Location

I'm not a big music, video or pic collector. My SSD (128 GB) is divided into 3 partitions (the third is new and for experimental purposes). There is what I call a System partition with Win 7 and all programs. There is a Data partition. To this Data partition, I've placed the majority of my user folders.
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20 Apr 2012   #34
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I "clone" using Win7 software. No problems.
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20 Apr 2012   #35
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
chobo,
Define for me, perhaps by example, what you mean by "work partition' and "personal partition".
His WORK partition is a win7 installation he uses for work
PERSONAL partition is a win7 installation he uses for personal things
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20 Apr 2012   #36
chobo2

Windos 7 Pro 32 bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
I "clone" using Win7 software. No problems.
Windows 7 has a cloning feature?
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20 Apr 2012   #37
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
chobo,
Define for me, perhaps by example, what you mean by "work partition' and "personal partition".
His WORK partition is a win7 installation he uses for work
PERSONAL partition is a win7 installation he uses for personal things
Let us let Chobo speak for himself.

Thanks,
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20 Apr 2012   #38
chobo2

Windos 7 Pro 32 bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
chobo,
Define for me, perhaps by example, what you mean by "work partition' and "personal partition".
His WORK partition is a win7 installation he uses for work
PERSONAL partition is a win7 installation he uses for personal things
Let us let Chobo speak for himself.

Thanks,
Thanks but that's pretty much of the gist of it.

Work = A special partition that contains all software needed to do my job licensed by my company, vpn access and etc.

Personal = A partition for my personal use(think video games, personal software, etc)
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20 Apr 2012   #39
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
False!

MS correctly creates partitions and volumes on a SSD.

Try it. Use DiskPart if you would like, although of course don't go in there and change the alignment.


Please see:
Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives - Engineering Windows 7 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
If you meant that then you're right.
But you CAN'T clone a partition with win7 standard. If you clone with 3rd party tools or bootable CD (for example partition wizard) you HAVE TO realign afterwards
I would prefer if we talked about 'imaging' in this context. 'Cloning' has a special meaning that does not apply here.

You can image the C partition by itself with Windows imaging provided it contains the bootmgr and no system files reside on other partitions. If, however, your bootmgr resides on a seperate active 100MB partition, that will automatically be imaged too. That makes sense because after a restore you need that partition too.

Some 3d party imaging programs align partitions automatically (if you do it right). Here is the Macrium example: Reflect_v5 (look under Advanced Topics). And I believe that Paragon can do that too. Not sure about Windows imaging. Karlsnooks may know.
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20 Apr 2012   #40
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Good point. and Yes, as explained in the article for which I provided a link, Windows 7 correctly handles alignment.
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