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Windows 7: Transitioning from HDD to SSD + HDD Advice

29 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Transitioning from HDD to SSD + HDD Advice

Hi I would like some advice on my topic.

Currently I have a Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 rpm 500 GB HDD as my only drive, running Windows 7 pretty fine.

But now I would like to use an SSD, namely the Samsung 840 Series 120 GB drive as a boot drive with some programs, and keep the HDD as storage.

Samsung offers their Data Migration Tool, and supposedly I would use that to move all the data from the HDD (after freeing space of course) to the SSD, and then use command prompt + clean to format the HDD, and partitioning it, so then I have the SSD as boot and HDD as storage. Also I would enable trim, disable hibernation, etc.

My question is will samsung's tool be able to transfer windows 7 so that it will run on the SSD as it would on the HDD. Would it be like a fresh install of windows on the SSD (assuming I had deleted anything but windows on the HDD).

If any more information is needed I would gladly supply it.

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29 Dec 2012   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Im not familiar with samsungs tool but if you have any issues with it there are other free programs that will do
Have a look at these handy tutorials
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Partition Image - Restore from a HDD to a SSD
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29 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Is there anyway you can just do a clean install of Windows on your SSD?
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29 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

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My question is will samsung's tool be able to transfer windows 7 so that it will run on the SSD as it would on the HDD. Would it be like a fresh install of windows on the SSD (assuming I had deleted anything but windows on the HDD).
From what I have read the Samsung Migration Tool is designed to transfer the OS to your new SSD, so it should work just fine. It will be an exact copy of what is currently on your HDD, so no, it isn't like doing a clean install.
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31 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you for all your answers!

I have read up a bit more on samsungs data migration tool. It seems it is a bit unreliable whether or not it will work.

Of course I could follow the methods on the link provided by Pauly, and all would be fine.

However I have windows oem(system builder) edition. I have read you can not change parts on your system or your license to that copy of windows will be invalidated. Is this true?
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31 Dec 2012   #6

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

You shouldnt need to worry about oem licence as its to the motherboard so changing a disk drive will not affect it, absolute worst case if it does not activate automatically you will have to do by phone but as long as its a real genuine copy you need not worry
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31 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
You shouldnt need to worry about oem licence as its to the motherboard so changing a disk drive will not affect it, absolute worst case if it does not activate automatically you will have to do by phone but as long as its a real genuine copy you need not worry
Oh that's great then! Thanks for your help, as well as everyone else's.
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