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Windows 7: System image larger than new drive?

09 Jan 2014   #11
SJMaye

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
The offset must be divisible by 4kB (4096)
Still in diskpart and disk 0 selected:

select part 1
detail part
select part 2
detail part

Post output. It looks win7 install creted a 100MB partition, most likely labeled "system reserved". Remaining of disk is called C. Win7 install only makes the 100MB partition if there are no partitions on disk yet. So part1 and part2 have been created by win7 install.... so aligned automatically. But give me the screenshot.

Or maybe I'm wrong and you created them yourself manualy.

SSD Alignment
Here is what I have.




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09 Jan 2014   #12
Kaktussoft

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1048576/4096=256 (actually exactly 1MB)
105906176/4096=25856 (actually exactly 101MB)

So all is fine! just what I did expect
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09 Jan 2014   #13
SJMaye

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
If you install win7 from dvd and you did let win7 CREATE the partition then it's fine. Win7 aligns the partitions by default on creation.
I do not remember manually creating any partition. I booted to the Win7 install disk and did a custom install. Selected the new SSD, selected format, and installed. At least that is how I remember it. I simply do not remember consciously create a partition.
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09 Jan 2014   #14
SJMaye

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Perfect. Thank you for your help.

Can we now step back to the Windows 7 system image I had created?
  • Is it clearly better to start fresh with a clean install? No problem. I will continue.
  • Or, can I use that image?
    • The image size on my secondary HDD is 276GB. Can this be installed on my 250GB SSD?
    • I have the OS and a few other programs loaded on the SSD now and it shows I am using only 68.5GB
What would you recommend?

Again, I sincerely appreciate your help.
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09 Jan 2014   #15
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
If you install win7 from dvd and you did let win7 CREATE the partition then it's fine. Win7 aligns the partitions by default on creation.
I do not remember manually creating any partition. I booted to the Win7 install disk and did a custom install. Selected the new SSD, selected format, and installed. At least that is how I remember it. I simply do not remember consciously create a partition.
It's aligned correctly mate. But as you wrote...."selected format"... so you did format a partition. But who and what did create that partition? Either win7 install DVD did created that partition and you didn't tell.... or it was already on SSD. In case it was already on disk, we don't know how it was created... so alignment was unknown to us.

But most disk manufacturers align them in factory ... why shouldn't they. No more questions? Mark thread as solved
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09 Jan 2014   #16
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SJMaye View Post
Perfect. Thank you for your help.


Can we now step back to the Windows 7 system image I had created?
  • Is it clearly better to start fresh with a clean install? No problem. I will continue.
  • Or, can I use that image?
    • The image size on my secondary HDD is 276GB. Can this be installed on my 250GB SSD?
    • I have the OS and a few other programs loaded on the SSD now and it shows I am using only 68.5GB
What would you recommend?

Again, I sincerely appreciate your help.
The original HDD isn't available anymore?
What was the used space on C at time of backup. I assume you backupped C only?

I have to know to give you the best instructions
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09 Jan 2014   #17
SJMaye

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SJMaye View Post
Perfect. Thank you for your help.



Can we now step back to the Windows 7 system image I had created?
  • Is it clearly better to start fresh with a clean install? No problem. I will continue.
  • Or, can I use that image?
    • The image size on my secondary HDD is 276GB. Can this be installed on my 250GB SSD?
    • I have the OS and a few other programs loaded on the SSD now and it shows I am using only 68.5GB
What would you recommend?

Again, I sincerely appreciate your help.
The original HDD isn't available anymore?
What was the used space on C at time of backup. I assume you backupped C only?

I have to know to give you the best instructions

My original C:\ HDD I am replacing is still there. Works fine. That is the drive I backed up using Windows Backup and Restore. I can reconnect this drive and use it if I need to.
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09 Jan 2014   #18
Kaktussoft

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What I should do:
  1. reconnect old HDD
  2. make backup using macrium reflect free to external disk
  3. reconnect SSD
  4. restore using macrium reflect free recovery DVD (override old partitions)
Are you sure old HDD had C only? No system reserved?

Can you attach old HDD and SSD at the same time and boot from old HDD? Maybe cloning is easier.
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09 Jan 2014   #19
SJMaye

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
What I should do:
  1. reconnect old HDD
  2. make backup using macrium reflect free to external disk
  3. reconnect SSD
  4. restore using macrium reflect free recovery DVD (override old partitions)
Are you sure old HDD had C only? No system reserved?

Can you attach old HDD and SSD at the same time and boot from old HDD? Maybe cloning is easier.

Sure. I can reconnect the old drive and back up with Macrium. On the backup, I am not sure about having or not having a system reserved. I simply had Windows backup my OS drive.

I guess I could do a clone, but I am not familiar with that process.
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09 Jan 2014   #20
Kaktussoft

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First attach the old HDD to system. Boot from old HDD. Be sure you booted from old HDD. Post screenshot of disk management. Preferable with SSD also attached to system. Install macrium reflect free please Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download (so on old HDD).

Have to go maybe back in 8 hours
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