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Windows 7: What software to use with SSD clone and for backup too? Many Choices!!

08 Jan 2013   #11
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You want to install fresh to ssd? You know your win7 activation key? You know how to detach old drive from system (at least temporary)? You have now Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit accoording to system specs. You have an Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit installation DVD?
Please answer


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08 Jan 2013   #12
LeftC

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You want to install fresh to ssd?
If I can.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You know your win7 activation key?
Yes.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You know how to detach old drive from system (at least temporary)?
I can't get to the stock HD easily with this laptop. I'd have to remove the keyboard, palm rest, etc.

Without disabling the stock HD I can't do the clean install, I believe.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You have now Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit accoording to system specs.
Oops! It is actually 64bit. The specs that you saw was for an old computer that I used to use. I have changed the specs for the laptop that I would like to modify.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You have an Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit installation DVD?
Got the 64bit installation DVD as well as the 32bit. I am using the 64bit version.
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08 Jan 2013   #13
indianacarnie

 

I would go for the clean install myself. Heck..... I just did! No problems at all, simple and easy.....just the way I like it. Only had to install..... 3? maybe 4 drivers total.
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08 Jan 2013   #14
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeftC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You want to install fresh to ssd?
If I can.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You know your win7 activation key?
Yes.

I can't get to the stock HD easily with this laptop. I'd have to remove the keyboard, palm rest, etc.

Without disabling the stock HD I can't do the clean install, I believe.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You have now Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit accoording to system specs.
Oops! It is actually 64bit. The specs that you saw was for an old computer that I used to use. I have changed the specs for the laptop that I would like to modify.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You have an Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit installation DVD?
Got the 64bit installation DVD as well as the 32bit. I am using the 64bit version.
So you have all the stuff needed!
Don't detach old HDD in your case, it's too difficult and not really neccesary. Boot from win7 install dvd and press shift_F10 on first window as shown here Command Prompt at Startup

Now mark the partition that's current active inactive Partition - Mark as Inactive
(you can mark it active if all fails)

Reboot again normally. It should fail because boot partition went inactive. That's just what you want. Boot again form win7 install DVD and install win7 on SSD

Report back when done. Check for windows updates and install them (most likely you have to connect wired instead of wireless). Reboot and check for updates again and again. Now check "device manager" for devices without drivers and post results.
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08 Jan 2013   #15
Kaktussoft

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Here are the drivers Drivers & Downloads | Dell United States (assuming it's the type you have)
You can also use Analyze System for Updates from there
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08 Jan 2013   #16
LeftC

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
I would go for the clean install myself. Heck..... I just did! No problems at all, simple and easy.....just the way I like it. Only had to install..... 3? maybe 4 drivers total.
Thanks! Simple and easy ... terrific!
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08 Jan 2013   #17
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeftC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
I would go for the clean install myself. Heck..... I just did! No problems at all, simple and easy.....just the way I like it. Only had to install..... 3? maybe 4 drivers total.
Thanks! Simple and easy ... terrific!
Did you install succesfully? Post screenshot of "disk management" please
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08 Jan 2013   #18
LeftC

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
... I like Microsoft's SyncToy (Free). It's easy to use and the data is backed up on a 1 for 1 basis. It will take a while for the first backup as it has to copy it all. After that it only does the changes, so is really quick.
With SyncToy, there are left and right folders. Can one be on one drive and the other folder on a different drive? What is SyncToy's true value? I'm a bit confused.
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08 Jan 2013   #19
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeftC View Post
With SyncToy, there are left and right folders. Can one be on one drive and the other folder on a different drive? What is SyncToy's true value? I'm a bit confused.
Yes, folders can be on different drives. What do you mean by "value"? Its an excellent program.
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08 Jan 2013   #20
LeftC

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeftC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
I would go for the clean install myself. Heck..... I just did! No problems at all, simple and easy.....just the way I like it. Only had to install..... 3? maybe 4 drivers total.
Thanks! Simple and easy ... terrific!
Did you install succesfully? Post screenshot of "disk management" please
Sorry ... Gosh, I haven't installed it yet. I'm still reading up. I'm sorry for the confusion. indianacarnie said that it was simple and easy and that sounded good to me. I saw where you, Kaktussoft, kindly gave me directions as how to do this in post #14. Thanks!
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