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Windows 7: will cloning my hdd to ssd delete my files?

26 Dec 2013   #11

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I also agree that you need to backup your HDD to another drive before proceeding. You really should have already had at the very least one external drive for backups anyway. Otherwise, if (more like when) your HDD fails, you will lose all your data. I personally would feel uncomfortable with only one backup since it would be easy to mess up your original data and the backup with what you want to do. At the very least, one should have one onsite and one offsite backup. I know that sounds expensive but just ask yourself how valuable is your data to you?

I personally value my data enough that I keep two local backups onsite (and that saved my bacon once) and three offsite (two in my safe deposit and one online) for each HDD I have in service. Too much of my data is irreplaceable so I have to be that anal.

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26 Dec 2013   #12

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but my ssd is bigger than the hdd im moving it from
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26 Dec 2013   #13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skrillek View Post
but my ssd is bigger than the hdd im moving it from
You would still be wise to have at least one backup in case things go pear shaped. As I said before, you should always have your files backed up anyway.
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26 Dec 2013   #14
whs
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1. If you want to take the risk of losing your data, that's OK with me.

2. If your SSD is big enough to accomodate the OS and the data, then you need not split it initially. But ultimately I would meke a data partition on the HDD and move the data there.

Data in the C partition is never a good idea. If the OS goes belly up, you have a tough time to recover your data. If the data is in a seperate partitiom, it would not be effected. But that does not relieve you of making frequent backups of the data - best to an external disk that is only attached when being used for backup operations.
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26 Dec 2013   #15

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okay sorry for this but im trying to understand, i have photoshop installed on my hdd. if i clone my entire hdd to my sdd, will photoshop work like before? aka i click onthe thumbnail and photoshop will load up?
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26 Dec 2013   #16
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skrillek View Post
okay sorry for this but im trying to understand, i have photoshop installed on my hdd. if i clone my entire hdd to my sdd, will photoshop work like before? aka i click onthe thumbnail and photoshop will load up?
Yes.
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26 Dec 2013   #17

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awesome thank you guys
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26 Dec 2013   #18
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If you do a clone of the drive, the new clone will function exactly as the one cloned from.
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26 Dec 2013   #19
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And if you ever lose a shortcut icon, it is really easy to get back. Just ask and we will show you how.
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27 Dec 2013   #20

64 bit windows 7 home professional
 
 

thanks guys it works my hdd is cloned and i set my pc to boot up from ssd but when it loaded up it says i cant format my c drive (hdd) because i am using it? when i set my ssd to boot windows. what am i doing wrong?
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