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Windows 7: Backing up an SSD

22 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
Backing up an SSD

Just got a new SSD.

In the past, I have used Acronis to backup from HDD to HDD.

I know you cannot image from HDD to SSD, so is my only option to backup the SSD in getting a separate SSD?

Thanks,

Paul

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22 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Paul,

Yes, you sure can image from HDD to SSD or SSD to HDD. It's just a matter if the drive you are restoring to is the same size or larger as the drive the image was created from. That's all.
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22 Sep 2012   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
I know you cannot image from HDD to SSD, so is my only option to backup the SSD in getting a separate SSD?
I'm not sure what you mean here. Don't confuse imaging with cloning. There is no need to clone.

Imaging an SSD is no different from imaging a spinning HDD. You typically store your images on a USB ext HDD. I use both Windows inbuilt imaging (see the create and restore tutorials) and free Macrium Reflect (see the WHS tutorial) to image my SSD and have restored the image many times.
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22 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

As mjf said, there is no problem because it is an SSD. I have a SSD and I use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download I have it backedup to a HDD once a week. It works great with no problems. Give it a try.
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22 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Paul,

Yes, you sure can image from HDD to SSD or SSD to HDD. It's just a matter if the drive you are restoring to is the same size or larger as the drive the image was created from. That's all.
Thanks for reply Brink,

The problem was when I bought the SSD, I restored from the backup on the HDD and the SSD had terrible read/write times.

I was told repeatedly, and on this forum as well. that you cannot restore an image from the HDD to SSD.

A clean install was required, even though the partition nos. on the SSD were full nos. (based on division of 4096) and the partitions are done by Win 7 disc.

When I did a clean install to the SSD, my read/ write speeds went from 150/62 to 487/340.

Sorry to be confusing.

Paul
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22 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
As mjf said, there is no problem because it is an SSD. I have a SSD and I use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download I have it backedup to a HDD once a week. It works great with no problems. Give it a try.

Thanks for reply.

I've been using Acronis (free with my Seagate hdds)
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22 Sep 2012   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
The problem was when I bought the SSD, I restored from the backup on the HDD and the SSD had terrible read/write times.
So you are talking about the initial installation on your SSD then.
Take a look at this
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
I transferred to my SSD from a spinner (Macrium) image. Others prefer a clean install. You can do it either way.
Then you just image as usual.
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22 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
The problem was when I bought the SSD, I restored from the backup on the HDD and the SSD had terrible read/write times.
So you are talking about the initial installation on your SSD then.
Take a look at this
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
I transferred to my SSD from a spinner (Macrium) image. Others prefer a clean install. You can do it either way.
Then you just image as usual.

To be clear : I did a clean install to the SSD.
If I do a backup to an HDD or external drive, and I need to restore to the SSD, you are saying that since the SSD had a clean install there would be no problem?
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22 Sep 2012   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
To be clear : I did a clean install to the SSD.
If I do a backup to an HDD or external drive, and I need to restore to the SSD, you are saying that since the SSD had a clean install there would be no problem?
Correct.
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22 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
To be clear : I did a clean install to the SSD.
If I do a backup to an HDD or external drive, and I need to restore to the SSD, you are saying that since the SSD had a clean install there would be no problem?
Correct.
One final question:

Since my HDD had a clean install and I did a backup of that , why did I have a problem when restoring to the SSD?
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