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Windows 7: Using System Image on a new ssd drive and more ram


03 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Using System Image on a new ssd drive and more ram

Hi, I recently brought a new ssd disk because the old one was running out of space. Since I have created a system image I was of just restoring this to the new ssd disk but I have also brought some new ram as well and will install this too. Will this cause problems with using system image.

Will it be better to do a fresh install?

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03 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello unknownHero, welcome to Seven Forums!


The best way may be to do a clean install, power down the PC and connect the SSD to the #1 SATA port of the motherboard for the install and set that as the first boot device in the BIOS, so there will be no issues with the Older OS, then you can move your stuff to the new install at your leisure, then when ready just delete the old install.

Just use the PC BIOS to boot to one OS or the other in the interim.
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03 Sep 2012   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unknownHero View Post
but I have also brought some new ram as well and will install this too. Will this cause problems with using system image.
The new RAM shouldn't have any effect at all on your imaging plans.

I'd probably do a clean install rather than imaging. Or I might try imaging once and if it failed to restore to the SSD properly as expected, I'd give up on it rather than get into a lot of trouble-shooting and frustration.

Paragon Migrate is always a choice--it costs $20 and apparently works very well.
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03 Sep 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unknownHero View Post
Hi, I recently brought a new ssd disk because the old one was running out of space. Since I have created a system image I was of just restoring this to the new ssd disk but I have also brought some new ram as well and will install this too. Will this cause problems with using system image.

Will it be better to do a fresh install?
UnknownHero,

Welcome to SevenForums.

NO.
This will NOT cause any problems.

Enjoy your new SSD.

karl
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03 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thanks guys, I'll try the imaging option first because it's basically the same system as before I imaged it. Only now it will have 8Gb of ram instead of 4Gb. Hopefully it will all work out.

I imagine it wouldn't work if I actually changed more hardware like the graphics card etc right?
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03 Sep 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Generally speaking, will still work, but you may need to reactivate and you may have graphics problems due to using the wrong graphic drivers.

I advise against pushing your luck. Restore your image to the new SSD. Make sure that all is in order. Then, attack the graphic card update.
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03 Sep 2012   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I had no problems doing an image restore to my SSD. See this tutorial
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
Although I use Windows imaging most of the time I did use free Macrium Reflect for this exercise. Create aligned partitions before you reimage.
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03 Sep 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

He has not said how he made his system image.

He did state that he made an image.

If he using Win 7 software, then he doesn't need to concern himself with alignment as Win 7 take care of that for you.

If he was installing Linux or some variant thereof,then he should concern himself with alignment.
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03 Sep 2012   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I think the main thing is to recognize that the partitions he imaged are not greater in size than the SSD. Many people move from a larger spinner to a smaller SSD.
I think the WHS tutorial talks about this.
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03 Sep 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Although he did not specifically state, I believe he is moving from one ssd to another.

However, the results of the image restore will answer many questions.
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