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Windows 7: I want to clean up OS HDD for transfer to SSD

09 Dec 2013   #11
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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Boot time is now about 1 minute.
If your boot time from a SSD is 1 minute, something is wrong. It should be at most 20 seconds.
It was 2 minutes before.


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09 Dec 2013   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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With the Paragon Migration Tool, can I just select certain products for it to transfer, allowing me to only take what I want/need?
If I remember right, you can select files and folders, but not products by name. But why don't you clean it up before you migrate. That's a better solution.
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20 Dec 2013   #13
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

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That program is: http://windirstat.info/ It gives you a nice colored picture of all the files (plus the text lines).

But if your OS installation is 4 years old, I would seriously consider a new install. It probably has accumulated so much junk that it is slow.

For a transfer, see this tutorial. In there is a link for the Paragon Migration Toll. It does the job with 3 clicks and never fails. But it costs $19.95.
In my Paragon Backup & Recovery I have a "File Transfer" option, is that the same as the Migration Tool or would the Migration tool work even better in this case?
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20 Dec 2013   #14
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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...In my Paragon Backup & Recovery I have a "File Transfer" option, is that the same as the Migration Tool or would the Migration tool work even better in this case?
I would say "No" to File Transfer option.
Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview
You want to perform a Complete Backup from the old drive to your backup media. Then perform a Complete Restore from your backup media to the new SSD.
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20 Dec 2013   #15
essenbe

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

The only problem with that is most backup and restore media do not provide the proper alignment of the SSD. Paragon Migrate does. It will transfer the OS and programs, format and align the SSD in about 20 minutes. I own it and have used it at least 100 times. It has never failed once. What the OP wants to do is what the software was designed to do. But, I believe you are correct on the file transfer part of the Backup and recovery. It is not the same as Paragon Migrate.
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20 Dec 2013   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Steve is absolutely right. You need to watch the SSD alignment. If you do not use the Paragon Tool, you must make a predefined, aligned, primary partition into which to restore. Best with Command Prompt.

Diskpart
List disk

Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit
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04 Jan 2014   #17
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Ok just for the record I have agreed to install a new & fresh copy of Win7 64 on this SSD since that will be optimal for performance (which is the #1 thing I'm shooting for here) & hopefully just migrate a few certain programs over from my HDD to the SSD - is that what the Paragon Migrate will do for me? And hopefully in an easy manner by just allowing me to select the program by name & it will handle transfer of all proper files making it very plug & play easy?

Or is it going to make a copy of the entire OS & migrate that along with all of the programs? Which is NOT what I want to do now, but was my original idea in this thread.
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04 Jan 2014   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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is that what the Paragon Migrate will do for me? And hopefully in an easy manner by just allowing me to select the program by name
That is not the way to do it. If you do not want to transfer certain programs, uninstall them on the HDD-OS. Use the free version of the Revo uninstaller (advanced option). Then you get all registry entries and files of that program removed.

Also, if you don't use hibernation, get rid of the hiberfile. The command is:

powercfg -h off

And reduce the pagefile to 2GBs.
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