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Windows 7: Replacing my C drive with a SSD in windows 7

13 Mar 2014   #31
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trendy View Post
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Time to confirm some things.

How many partitions do you have on the hard drive that contains Windows?

Name them.

C and what else?

You probably have a very small one named system or system reserved.

Correct???

Are you familiar with Windows Disk Management?
On C drive Only Operating system and all program files Nothing else,All my data is on a seperate internal hdd.
I have made a backup of the C drive on an external hdd.
Yes I have done a bit with Disk Management

Thank You for your time and patience.
C is a partition. It is not a drive. We need to know about PARTITIONS.

Look at your Disk Management by typing those 2 words in the Windows start box search.

Attached is a picture of my Disk Management. Note you see 3 drives in the lower portion, shown as disk 0, disk 1, and disc 2. Those are physical objects you can hold in your hand. They are DRIVES. Each drive has one or more partitions.

My drive 0 has just 1 partition: C, named system

My drive 1 has just 1 partition: D, named data

My drive 2 has just 1 partition: E, named backup.

Note that my C partition states the following info: system, boot, page file, active, crash dump, primary partition.

You most likely have a drive with more than 1 partition: C and at least one other. We need to know as much detail as you can provide about them: names, which ones are marked "active", "system", and so forth.




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13 Mar 2014   #32
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

Here is Mine.

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13 Mar 2014   #33
ignatzatsonic

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Looks good. You do NOT have a system reserved. All boot files are on C. You don't need to use Easy BCD.

C is the only partition you need to make an image of and I guess you've already done that?

All you need to worry about is:

1: Will the image restoration actually work? You've got a 99 percent chance it will.

2: Alignment.

Worry about alignment when the SSD is actually in your hands.

But you can at least familiarize yourself with Diskpart while waiting for the SSD.

Are you familiar with working at a command prompt?

Here is diskpart on my PC. I got there by typing diskpart at a command prompt and hitting the enter key.

I then typed list disk and hit the enter key

Notice it shows all 3 of my disks (0, 1, and 2).


Your C partition will be shown as Disk 1, not Disk 0.

So you'd have to type "select disk 1", NOT NOT NOT "select disk 0".

I can tell that disk 0 is my SSD because I know it is a small disk, only 74 gb.

See WHS's post 19 for the rest of the steps that you'd use when you get the SSD.

Type "exit" and hit the enter key to leave diskpart at any time.


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13 Mar 2014   #34
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Fair enough, we'll be here.
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14 Mar 2014   #35
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

I must say you have been a brilliant help here on this project of mine,But it looks more complicated all the time.
Would it have been so complicated if I decided to put a smaller sata drive in not a ssd one?
Thanks.
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14 Mar 2014   #36
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trendy View Post
I must say you have been a brilliant help here on this project of mine,But it looks more complicated all the time.
Would it have been so complicated if I decided to put a smaller sata drive in not a ssd one?
Thanks.
no difference
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14 Mar 2014   #37
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The only difference with a sata drive is that you need no alignment.

But why don't you bite the bullet and get the Paragon Migration Tool. That does everything for you automatically. You just do 3 clicks.
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14 Mar 2014   #38
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

wolfgang.Thanks once again for the into.
Been looking hard at the link you gave regarding the Paragon set up I must say it looks easy,Regardin the secon screenshot in the video as you know that on my C drive I only have the OS and program files.So on that part of the set up should I only select
WINDOWS
PROGRAM FILES
PROGRAM FILES (x86)
PERFLOGS
USERS.rnd ??
archive_db ??

Paragon Link..Paragon Migrate OS to SSD - System migration to Solid State Drives (SSD) - Overview

Am I correct there.
So far if that job is as easy as the video in that paragon link you gave,I would say YES the job is on.
But I want to clear the point of what I should select in that screen shot.I dont want any data as all data is on another drive.

Thanks Once again.

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14 Mar 2014   #39
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

wolfgang.
Update for the above.I have ordered the SSD disc from Amazon should be here next week,Also downloaded the paragon software from the link you gave.Software cost was 12.95p. english pounds.
Thanks.I do hope that you will be available next week when the SSD arrives.
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14 Mar 2014   #40
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Yes, you have the right link

2. No, you need not select anything. That facility is there for people to deselect user files in case they have too much stuff and the data in the C partition does not fit on the SSD

3. Note that Paragon does the SSD alignment, sets defrag off and also moves the 100MB system partition. All of that is automatic and you need not do anything. Just your 3 clicks.
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