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Windows 7: Swapping HHD for SSD

17 Aug 2014   #1
dwdraw2

Windows 7 Home, 64 bit
 
 
Swapping HHD for SSD

Hello folks:

I have a Dell laptop-Studio1558. What I have done so far is a system image. I'm waiting for the new drive to come in. My current HHD is starting to go.

What I needed to know is if I use system image, will that put Windows 7 on the SSD or not? I also have a OEM Windows 7 disk from Dell. Do I need to use that instead of system image?

Another thought, what about all the drivers copied into system image, would that be a problem for the SSD when transferring the system image over onto it?

Thanks for your time.

dwdraw2


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17 Aug 2014   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You can transfer the OS from the HD to the SSD.
This tutorial by whs explains how to do this.
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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17 Aug 2014   #3
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dwdraw2 View Post
Hello folks:


What I needed to know is if I use system image, will that put Windows 7 on the SSD or not? I also have a OEM Windows 7 disk from Dell. Do I need to use that instead of system image?

Another thought, what about all the drivers copied into system image, would that be a problem for the SSD when transferring the system image over onto it?
What did you use to make the image? The built-in Windows tool isn't particularly user-friendly, so there is room for error.

The image, if restored, would place a replica of the imaged partitions on the SSD. Usually it works, sometimes it doesn't.

The OEM Windows disk would give you a Windows installation, nothing more. The restored image would include Windows plus anything else found on the partitions in the image---applications you installed, pictures of your cat, whatever happened to be on the partitions you imaged.

Drivers would be included in the image.

If the image was made and restored properly, all will be well and the machine will boot up with the SSD.

If not, what's your plan B?

Your SSD may include cloning software that might be worth a try.
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17 Aug 2014   #4
dwdraw2

Windows 7 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks DavidW7ncus and ignatzatsonic for the replies, like always, I do appreciate it.

For the record, I did the system image on a WD Storage drive, 500 gb. I needed about 65 gb of that space for the image. I used it once in the past, and it delivered perfectly. However, I just might wait and see if the SSD comes with transfer cables. Thanks for that advice ignatzatsonic.

DavidW7ncus, thanks for the link, I'll click on over there and see what they have to say.

Thanks again.

dwdraw2
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17 Aug 2014   #5
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

The question asked was, what program did you use to create the image?

Cloning is good as it makes the new SSD current with the older HDD.
Image is also good, but only restore you to when the image was created.

Macrium Reflect Free is a good choice for making backup images.
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17 Aug 2014   #6
dwdraw2

Windows 7 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply Ztruker.

I used the built in imaging in Windows.

Thanks again.

dwdraw2
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17 Aug 2014   #7
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Since you used it before successfully you should be okay with the SSD.
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