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Windows 7: Creating system image of HDD for re-image to SSD

04 Apr 2013   #31
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, maybe. He may see a lot of system files called 'xyz'. It may be best he posts a picture of the opened partition. Maybe together we can figure it out - unless it is obvious.


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04 Apr 2013   #32
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roo Boy View Post
ok thanks guys.

i will check the links out.

I just thought it would be as simple as creating an image and then copying that onto the SSD
It is that simple, these guys like to over complicate things I guess.

I've done this a bunch of times from regular HDD to my SSD and never a single problem.

Sorry guys, it had to be said, Windows 7 back up works perfectly.
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04 Apr 2013   #33
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roo Boy View Post
ok thanks guys.

i will check the links out.

I just thought it would be as simple as creating an image and then copying that onto the SSD
It is that simple, these guys like to over complicate things I guess.

I've done this a bunch of times from regular HDD to my SSD and never a single problem.

Sorry guys, it had to be said, Windows 7 back up works perfectly.
Hmm, it is not that simple I think.

1. If e.g. the bootmgr sits on another partition, many people forget to image that partition (because it is hidden and they never look into Disk Management) or copy the bootmgr to C.

2. Depending on the imaging program you use, you may get your SSD aligned or not. That's why it is always prudent to predefine an aligned primary active partition into which you can dump the image.

3. When you install an OS to a SSD via an image, there is no installer that makes the settings for you. E.g. you will have to disable defrag yourself and maybe make a few other settings to optimize the space on the SSD.

4. Windows 7 imaging works or it doesn't. In my experience it did not work many times.
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04 Apr 2013   #34
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I was under the impression you could force those things in point #3.
While true they do not get set after the image (if it worked) running WEI should force them shouldn't it? Perhaps I am mistaken.


Although I do not use Windows own, I do use Acronis often. With a full disc image Ive had no issues.
I have also backed up the C partition only & Re-Imaged to a SSD only to get the bootmngr missing error.
But easily fixed by starting up the Win7 DVD and running a startup repair.
Perhaps Im just lucky, but I have only had alignment issues once thus far. Sorry, can not remember the circumstances why though..


However, when moving to a SSD I always suggest backing up user DATA and doing a clean install.
Its a sure way to know all settings are correct, its aligned, and a you have nice clean install to start off with.
I know many may hate that idea, but in the long run I think its best.
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04 Apr 2013   #35
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, a fresh install is a good idea. But if you have tuned your system for a couple of years and installed a gezillion programs, you may dread to do it again - provided your system runs well now. Last time I did that it took me a whole week. The updates are what's holding you up.
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04 Apr 2013   #36
Roo Boy

win 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Hey guys,

I have allocated a drive letter to the System Drive.

The folders in it are as follows:
1. MFGSTAT
2. Preboot
3. Recovery
4. tvtos
ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting

MFGSTAT contains:
ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting

preboot contains:
ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting

Recovery is empty

tvtos contains
ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting
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05 Apr 2013   #37
Roo Boy

win 7 HP 64bit
 
 

To everyone who offered assistance especially Kaktussoft and WHS. Thankyou.
Just installed SSD into laptop and all went through without a single hiccup.

Really appreciate all the help guys
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05 Apr 2013   #38
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roo Boy View Post
To everyone who offered assistance especially Kaktussoft and WHS. Thankyou.
Just installed SSD into laptop and all went through without a single hiccup.

Really appreciate all the help guys
Indeed quite easy.

did you check #8 ?
Did you align the partitions?????
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05 Apr 2013   #39
Roo Boy

win 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Hi mate,

yes partitions are correctly aligned. i checked after install and were both spot on.

thanks again and sorry for all the questions. I'll know what I'm doing next time
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05 Apr 2013   #40
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That sounds good. I wish you happy times with the SSD. I would not want to live without them.
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