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11 Mar 2014   #1

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 
Replacing my C drive with a SSD in windows 7

Good day to all.
I have a windows 7 desktop home premium.The C dive has only the operating system and all program files etc,All my data is on another 2TB internal HDD.
Now my plan is if its possible is to change the existing C drive with a SSD one as the C drive is 500GD storage its wasting time as it is as you know the OS and program files don't take a lot of space I think my C drive is only 60 GD so the rest is waste.
Now want to change that drive to a SSD one so I can utalise the old C one for backups etc.Been looking on google about replacing the drive and there are so many options available,I do have a backup of my C drive on another hdd by means of Macrium backup software.
Is this project going to be a simple one as I'm not very techy involved I have had a lot of help from here over the past few years.Maybe someone can put me on the correct path for this project Please.

Many Thanks.David.

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11 Mar 2014   #2

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I did almost exactly the same thing -- migrated Windows 7 from HDD to SDD -- and did is using Macrium Reflect.

Made a current backup of Win7OS partition to an external drive.

Connected the SSD. Did a "restore" of the backup to the SSD.

Shutdown the machine, inserted the SSD, rebooted and changed boot to the SSD.

Came up, everything worked OK.
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11 Mar 2014   #3

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Mark is right--that's pretty much what Macrium is designed to do.

Shouldn't take over 30 minutes.

I assume you have some sort of boot disk you made with Macrium. You will need to boot from it after first connecting the new SSD and disconnecting the old 500 GB drive. Navigate within the boot environment and find the image file you have on that other drive. Select it and restore it to the new SSD.

If you haven't made the boot disc, you need to do that first and then confirm that it is in fact bootable.

You shouldn't have to first format the SSD. I assume it is large enough to accept your image file from the old HD.

The restoration will of course take you back to the point in time at which the image file was made. If that was months ago, and your system has changed noticeably since then (new programs installed, etc), you might want to make a new image file so that the restoration will match how your system is NOW, not how it was THEN, months ago.
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11 Mar 2014   #4

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

Many thanks for the reply.
Just one or two points if I may.The C drive I got now id a 500gb Sata now if I decide to go for the ssd should I be looking out for something that is compatable with the sata cables that are in place now?
Yes I do have a disc that was made during the macrium backup.
Regarding the fitting of the new ssd into the tower,Then startup pc and placing the disc into the optical drive what will come on screen so that I can select to boot from the disc that was made by macrium the backup is on a seperate external hdd.
Hope you can understand my questions.
Many Thanks.
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11 Mar 2014   #5

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See comments in bold.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trendy View Post
The C drive I got now id a 500gb Sata now if I decide to go for the ssd should I be looking out for something that is compatable with the sata cables that are in place now?

Yes. If your current 500 GB drive is SATA, those cables should be compatible with a new SSD.

Yes I do have a disc that was made during the macrium backup.

Was that disc made using the "Linux" method or using the "Win PE" method?

Either should work, but you should find out right now if that disk will boot your PC. If it won't, you are in trouble.


Regarding the fitting of the new ssd into the tower,Then startup pc and placing the disc into the optical drive what will come on screen so that I can select to boot from the disc that was made by macrium the backup is on a seperate external hdd.

You would put the disc in the CD drive and restart the computer.

You will then need to use an F key to choose your CD drive as the drive to boot from for that one time only. It might be F12, F8, or F2. It varies. Tap that key repeatedly during the restart. You should see a menu that asks if you want to boot from your hard drive or from the CD drive. Choose CD with your arrow keys.

If you used the Linux method, the startup will be pretty slow and what you see on screen will not be very familiar to you. You will see text with basic instructions. You would use your keyboard to locate the image file you made and choose the new SSD as the location for the restore.

If you used the Win PE method, you should see something that looks like Windows, quite familiar to you.

I'd confirm that disc is bootable immediately, before doing anything else.


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11 Mar 2014   #6

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

Thank You very much for that run down


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If you used the Win PE method, you should see something that looks like Windows, quite familiar to you.

I'd confirm that disc is bootable immediately, before doing anything else.
Yes the disc is a Win PE Method.And how would I confirm that the disc is bootable??

Sorry to be a pain,This is all new to me I'm trying to learn the hard way sometimes.
I also look at it as a challenge.
Thank You.
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11 Mar 2014   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trendy View Post
And how would I confirm that the disc is bootable??
Try to boot with it per my previous instructions. There's no other way.

If you see the menu to boot from the CD, and you choose it, and the PC boots, you'll know it's bootable because the PC won't be booting from the hard drive because you told it to boot from the CD drive.

As I recall, you should land at the Macrium interface, where you would then make the choice to restore your image.

You should have done this 5 minutes after making that CD. Otherwise, you were falsely believing you had some protection.

If it boots from the CD and you land at the Macrium interface, you know it's OK and you can then just remove the disc from the CD drive without going further. Then do an ordinary reboot to get back to Windows on your hard drive.
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11 Mar 2014   #8

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

This could be the final question regarding the SSD,Can you Please cast your eye on this one.And would like to know your thoughts on it Please.
Thanks.
Here..........Crucial 120GB M500 SATA 6Gbps 2.5 SSD | Ebuyer.com
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11 Mar 2014   #9

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That's a good SSD. I'd probably get it or a Samsung 840 EVO, whichever is cheaper or maybe had the better warranty.

You aren't likely to be able to tell them apart once installed. Both much much faster than a regular HDD.

Does that disk boot?
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11 Mar 2014   #10

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

Not yet tried boot disc will have a go tomorrow,getting late here now.
Will be in touch.
Many thanks for your patience and time.
David.ps What part of the world are you?.I'm in south Wales UK.time now 2225hrs
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