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Windows 7: Working with a newly installed SSD

13 Feb 2016   #1
tomdriver

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Working with a newly installed SSD

If I install a new, formatted but empty SSD into my computer and then boot up from a Windows disk image file that I have on an external drive, will it transfer the OS along with everything else to the new internal SSD? If not, how do I do that?


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13 Feb 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

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What exactly is this "Windows disk image file"?

What application made that file?

Normally, I wouldn't expect you to be able to boot from such a file.

You'd instead "restore" it to the SSD, using whatever application you used to make the file.

What partitions do you think are represented by that image file? C only? C and System Restore? C, D, and E?

We need more details.
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13 Feb 2016   #3
tomdriver

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What I made is a "system image," created by Windows 7. Windows Help says it contains all system and data files and can be used to "restore your computer." What's not clear is whether this "restoring" can be to an entirely new disk, such as the SSD I want to use.
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13 Feb 2016   #4
whs
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13 Feb 2016   #5
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tomdriver View Post
What I made is a "system image," created by Windows 7. Windows Help says it contains all system and data files and can be used to "restore your computer." What's not clear is whether this "restoring" can be to an entirely new disk, such as the SSD I want to use.
Theoretically it can be used to restore to the SSD (make sure the SSD is aligned). Problem is that this does not always work as expected. Windows imaging is very iffy and full of surprises. That's why most of us use free Macrium.
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