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Windows 7: Looking to Upgrade to a New SSD

19 Mar 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It's not daunting - it's fun. If you reinstall your OS on the SSD, you can skip all that. The installer will take care of it. Still, there are a few tips you might want to observe - e.g. getting rid of the hiberfile and reducing the pagefile to 2GBs. That saves a lot of space if you have a lot of RAM (e.g. 14GB for 8GB of RAM)

And anyhow, if you want to be in the SSD world, it does not hurt to know as much as possible about SSDs. They are quite different from spinning disks in many aspects.


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19 Mar 2013   #12
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

From your link on Amazon it shows the Samsung drive comes with a migration program which may help in setting up your SSD.

Jim
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19 Mar 2013   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
From your link on Amazon it shows the Samsung drive comes with a migration program which may help in setting up your SSD.

Jim
Right, they seem to use the Paragon Migration Tool - or at least one that looks very similar. Maybe they got a license from Paragon. That is an excellent program. With 3 clicks your migration is done.
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19 Mar 2013   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just one other piece of advice in case you do a new installation on the SSD: If you predefine an active alingned primary partition on the SSD covering the whole drive and install into that partition, the installer will not create the dreaded 100MB system partition but will put the bootmgr into C. That is a lot handier for later operations - e.g. imaging.

And, of course, I have a tutorial for that: SSD Alignment
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19 Mar 2013   #15
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

Hello again, so if i do a clean install on the SSD ( which i will probably do ) Windows 7 DOES NOT create the So called " Dreaded 100 Megs " ? WHS thinks that i will not need the 100 megs, so if i have to do a recovery of Win 7...i cant ?

Thanks
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19 Mar 2013   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pantz View Post
Hello again, so if i do a clean install on the SSD ( which i will probably do ) Windows 7 DOES NOT create the So called " Dreaded 100 Megs " ? WHS thinks that i will not need the 100 megs, so if i have to do a recovery of Win 7...i cant ?

Thanks
If you install into a predefined active primary aligned partition (see tutorial how to set this up), then you will not get the 100MB system partition. The advantage is that, e.g. for imaging, you have to deal only with the C partition and it is easier for a restore - even to another disk.

I don't see what you mean with:
Quote:
so if i have to do a recovery of Win 7...i cant ?
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19 Mar 2013   #17
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

Hello again please disregard last post
..I don't see what you mean with:
Quote:
so if i have to do a recovery of Win 7...i cant ?
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Light bulb went on LOL
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19 Mar 2013   #18
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

Hello again so let me see if i understand this. once i get my New SSD. i can disconnect the current HD i have, install the new SSD, install a clean Windows 7, the SSD is now my new HD with Win 7 OS. attach my old drive back up,, and use the software that comes with the new SSD to migrate the DATA from the Old HD to the New SSD. dont mean to be a pain..... lol
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19 Mar 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's about right. You have to also change the boot order in the BIOS so that the SSD is second in line (the CD/DVD drive should always be first). Else your PC will not find the SSD and boot from the old system.

The user data I would leave on the HDD. From the SSD system, right click on Documents, Music, etc. and INCLUDE those into the respective libraries.

Even better, with your old system still in place, make an independent Data Partition, define a Documents, Music, etc. folder in that new partition and move your stuff there. Then it is not tied to your old system partition which you might want to delete one day anyhow. Then apply the INCLUDE to those folders.

Important: before you create a new partition on the HDD, make sure you have only 3 (or less) primary partitions on the HDD. Check in Disk Management.
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19 Mar 2013   #20
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

Hello again, Thanks WHS, i think i understand whats going on now .... lol trying to keep this as simple and painless as possible. i have read of some nightmares trying to move from mechanical to SSD

I think i will do it the way i said in previous post and adjust the boot order, my CD/ DVD is always the first boot device.

Yes i saw your Video WHS on how to move the Folders... i can handle that part....

I already have a Independent partition that is currently empty so i can create the folders there ? .

I think i got it now, once i order the SSD ( some time this week ) i will be on my way ...

Thanks for all the people who helped me understand what i need to do.

Thanks
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