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Windows 7: Help with transfering OS to SSD

07 Feb 2012   #11
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Imaging and cloning tools are out of the question, unless you bought an SSD that's well over 400 GB in size. You can mess around with programs and transfer "wizards", but nothing will be as fast and as thorough as just doin a fresh install on the SSD properly, and then connecting your old drive as a data drive. Fresh installs are no where near as scary or time consuming as some people make them out to be, especially if you plan ahead and have all of your drivers ready.

Not only will this give you the most efficient system, but it gives you a chance to use updated drivers and apps.


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07 Feb 2012   #12
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I agree with Deacon, a clean install is best. It is also much easier if you plan ahead and have your drivers and installation files for the software you what to install. But, if you want to do it the easy way and have it done right, Paragon Migrate is the easiest and fastest way to go. I have and have used it numerous times and it has never failed yet.
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07 Feb 2012   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Steve, she apparently has all her data on C:. Before she uses the Paragon Migration tool, she should move all her data to a data partition as was suggested. Then once she has the SSD OS running, she can INCLUDE the folders from the data partition into the libraries of the OS SSD.

Regarding the data partition, I would not move the default locations but make new folders for Documents, Pictures, etc. and just move the data to those. Else she might get a permission problem when she wants to access the data on that partition from the SSD.
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07 Feb 2012   #14
GeneralEclectic

W7 Pro, W7 Ult, W7 Enterprise
 
 

Yikes. This doesn't have to be quite as hard as that "tutorial" suggests.

Here's what you'll need to do, and it's all easy:

1) Since your new disk is pretty small, you'll need to offload all those data files from your O/S disk. Move them somewhere else. If you don't have another disk to put them on, then you'll have to do it in two steps using your existing disk.

Assuming you have another disk:
2) Move off the data. Make sure what's left is going to fit on your new SSD.
3) Use "Disk Management" in Computer Management to shrink the existing system partition to something at least 2GB less than the size of the new SSD.
4) Using Windows native backup tools, make a system image on an external disk. It can be the same disk that you put the data files on.
5) Make the "Emergency Recovery" disk that Windows proposes.
6) Install your new SSD. Just put it in. You don't have to do anything to it except connect it and make sure the system sees it.
7) Boot off the disk you made in #5 and choose the restore from image option. Point the recovery tool to the disk containing the image you made in #4.
8) Sit back and relax for about 10-15 minutes while your system is restored to your SSD.
9) Set the tweaks for SSD use.

If you don't have another disk, you can still do this, it's just a little messier and slower.

2) Using Disk Management, shrink the existing partition to something just larger than the space it's taking up. This could take a while since it's likely that Windows Defrag will have to move a bunch of files.
3) Create/format a new partition in the space you just freed up.
4) Move all your data files from the system partition to the new partition
5) Once your system partition contains an amount of stuff that will fit on your new SSD, SHRINK that partition to a size at least 2GB smaller than the new SSD and create a system image, storing it on the new partition you made for the data you moved.
6) Make the Emergency Recovery disk.
7) Install the SSD as in 6 above.
8) Boot off the ERD and perform a restore from image. That would be the image that's on the "new" partition on your old disk.
9) Same as #8 and #9 above.
10) You're going to be left with your 1GB disk that has two partitions on it. One for the unneeded Windows installation, and one for the Data. If you're happy with the SSD operation, you can delete the partition with the old system on it. Then you'll be left with a kind of messy disk. You may be able to extend the data partition to occupy the entire disk, but I haven't had too much luck with that approach. Sometimes it works, usually it won't. No harm in trying it. Otherwise, you'll need to go through a couple of steps to regain access to the whole disk:

1) Expand the old system partition to its full size again.
2) Format the old system partition to remove the old Windows stuff.
3) Move everything that's on the "data" partition to the partition you just resized.
4) Delete the former data partition.
5) Resize the "new" data partition to use the entire disk.

Sounds complicated, but it's actually easy and pretty safe since you're using only native Windows tools in an orthodox way.
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07 Feb 2012   #15
Lucy77

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Alright, well why exactly would i need to re-install my programs then if they are all still on the HDD and i want to keep 95% of them there anyhow, i don't want every program on my SSD just 1-2 along with my OS, Would i still need to reinstall ALL of them?

i have quite a few programs on here that would be a very big hassle to have to go through and re-install all of them, it seems like such a big hassle to go through just for moving my OS.
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07 Feb 2012   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you make a new installation on the SSD, you MUST reinstall ALL programs. There is no way around it. The other alternative would be to transfer the OS WITH all programs to the SSD.

If you want to do that, we can guide you. But we would first need a picture of your Disk Management to show your HDD setup.
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08 Feb 2012   #17
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

whs, Lucy77's post #8 has the Disk Management snip link.

Everything is in the C drive.

Here it is:
Help with transfering OS to SSD-lucy77-disk-managment-8feb12.png

Depending on the amount of programs installed, should be able to fit them all on the 64GB M4.


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08 Feb 2012   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thank you Dave. I wanted to see whether she has the 100MB partition. Just in case she decides to transfer the OS rather than reinstall. Also the data on C and the size of C has to be dealt with.
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08 Feb 2012   #19
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

You're welcome, I knew you would
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08 Feb 2012   #20
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Thank you Dave. I wanted to see whether she has the 100MB partition. Just in case she decides to transfer the OS rather than reinstall. Also the data on C and the size of C has to be dealt with.
Paragon could do a good job of that, if she doesn't go for the clean install. And, restoring an image is not the best choice for good alignment. been there done that.
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