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Windows 7: clone hdrive to SS drive - same size drv - using Macrium Reflect Pro ?

31 Oct 2014   #1
maryeleek

Windows 7 Pro sp1 64 bit
 
 
clone hdrive to SS drive - same size drv - using Macrium Reflect Pro ?

Sorry to sound dense but want to do this right.

I use Windows 7 Pro with a WD 1 tb hard drive

I have Macrium Reflect Pro installed

I have created a recovery disk (need to test but expect it to allow me to boot from my optial drive D.)

I have attached an image of what I can select to be cloned; a system partition and a C: partition on my hard drive.

IF I elect to CLONE the two partitions that are shown as disk 1 to my new Sunsung 850pro SS drive, can I 'reasonably' expect', if no errors are introduced during the cloning process, that I can then replace my current C: hard drive with the new SS drive, reboot and use my computer as before? I shouldn't have to worry over setting the trim? or other tasks that make me nervous? :0(

The new drive doesn't appear here as I've not yet received it. If I understand, I will need to connect it to my computer as a new drive, have windows recognize it and then select it to use as the drive to clone to. Will Windows or Macrium Reflect offer to format it to NTFS prior to the cloning or should that be done ahead of time. I hope my cloning software will allow me to use verify on the cloned image or is that to be expected on this type of process?

I do own a retail copy of Windows 7 Pro plus retail copies of my software and can always install everything from scratch but would prefer to do this the quick and easy way, if possible.

My thanks for taking the time to read and advise proper steps. You guys make this forum a wonderful resource.

MEL




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31 Oct 2014   #2
Kaktussoft

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partitioning and formatting will be done automatically on clone.
Just do the clone but be sure to let the 100MB partition same size! And make it active. type=primary
The new C on SSD should use all the remaining blocks. type=primary

It just a copy of 2 partitions as explained here: Partition Alignment
Be sure to have alignment=win7.

All stuff I told you are in the dialog!
Don't attach old drive to system on first succesfull boot!
Startup Repair can be used to modify to bootmenu to reflect the changes.
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31 Oct 2014   #3
Kaktussoft

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Do you really need "system reserved". Only needed if you use bitlocker. Or is handy as a seperqate partition for bootmanager. But ypu don't have dual boot. You don't gonna use bitlocker I assume?
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31 Oct 2014   #4
Kaktussoft

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C drive has 527GB in use now. Are you buying a SSD with at least that capacity?!
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31 Oct 2014   #5
maryeleek

Windows 7 Pro sp1 64 bit
 
 

Yes, my new SSD is 1 TB capacity so should be about the same size as my current hard drive.
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31 Oct 2014   #6
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maryeleek View Post
Yes, my new SSD is 1 TB capacity so should be about the same size as my current hard drive.
But no dual boot? No bitlocker?
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31 Oct 2014   #7
maryeleek

Windows 7 Pro sp1 64 bit
 
 

No dual boot. I'm not certain what bitlocker is? :-) Actually, this configuration is the original Dell setup. I can't remember if I made any changes after delivery. I only have one hard drive installed and I use a USB drive for backup files plus on line Carbonite BU.
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31 Oct 2014   #8
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maryeleek View Post
No dual boot. I'm not certain what bitlocker is? :-) Actually, this configuration is the original Dell setup. I can't remember if I made any changes after delivery. I only have one hard drive installed and I use a USB drive for backup files plus on line Carbonite BU.
Best way is to clone OS partition (So C ) only.
Make sure in win7 the new SSD has NO drive letter. Or even better.... has no partitions at all. So win7 doesn't think there's something on SSD.

Then..... do the cloning.

In clone dialog make new partition primary and active, and align=win7 and let it use whole new ssd. When done succesfully.... shutdown, power off and detach old drive. Now boot from win7 install dvd or system repair disc and perform "startup repair" 3 times with reboots in between to recreate the boot menu. Then boot normally. All fine??? If os... you can reattach the old drive as well. Be sure to boot from the correct drive! Be sure the SSD is called C!

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31 Oct 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would advise that you post a picture of your current Disk Management. Since this is a DEll system, chances are that the bootmgr is sitting in the Recovery partition. If that is the case, we need to copy it to the C partition - unless you want to carry the Recovery partition to the SSD. But only Disk Management wiil tell for certain.
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31 Oct 2014   #10
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would advise that you post a picture of your current Disk Management. Since this is a DEll system, chances are that the bootmgr is sitting in the Recovery partition. If that is the case, we need to copy it to the C partition - unless you want to carry the Recovery partition to the SSD. But only Disk Management wiil tell for certain.
OP posted it in #1 . Only "system reserved" (100MB and ACTIVE), and WIN7 partition are on that disk drive.
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