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Windows 7: HDD Died, Want To Replace w/SSD. Have back up of HDD

21 May 2014   #1
Arelem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
HDD Died, Want To Replace w/SSD. Have back up of HDD

Yesterday, my primary HDD died, I/O error - not found, and only 1 month after my HP warranty expired.

So, I want to replace it with an SSD, but have never worked with them before. The biggest question on all this is, I run NovaStor backup on my PC and think I have a full backup on my NAS of the HDD that died.

Once I have an SSD installed and initiated, would I be able to restore the backup to the SSD, basically getting my PC back the way it was? Or do I need to do a fresh OS install and rebuild from scratch?

Thanks.


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21 May 2014   #2
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

you can restore from an image, but I wouldnt. your getting an ssd, speed is its biggest selling point; why saddle it with your old os and crap thats collected over time. start fresh and only install the essentials!!
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21 May 2014   #3
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Is the backup a system image of the original drive or is it simply a file-by-file backup? If a system image then you should be able to restore it providing the NovaStor software has the ability to create a bootable disk to initiate the restore. If the image is recent, your ssd should be able to boot and the system and be pretty much identical to how it was before the hdd died.

If the backup is strictly a file-by-file, then you will need to do a clean install of your OS onto the ssd, then re-install all of your programs then you will be able to restore your data from the backup.
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21 May 2014   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Arelem no mate all you need to do is get the SSD and use this http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/113967-ssd-alignment.html

Then it is just a matter of transferring your stuff to it only I would suggest you get as large a drive as you can afford the 120GB is used up fairly quickly.

You could do this if you want to get rid of any bloatware that came with your machine too

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/219487-clean-reinstall-factory-oem-windows-7-a.html#post1839164 see pic for picking the Windows version


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21 May 2014   #5
Arelem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I had pretty much purged all crapware from my PC the day I set it up, 2 years ago. Its a nice i7 3930K with 16Gb and I wanted to make sure I could take full advantage of it.

The SSD I'm considering is the Crucial M500 480Gb SSD. A $235 price is nothing to shake a stick at.
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21 May 2014   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Nice choice mate I have a smaller one and not had any problems with it. But still go with the alignment tutorial.
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21 May 2014   #7
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

That is a decent price for a 480G SSD. I recently got a great deal on a Samsung 840 EVO 500G SSD for $209.25 (including extended warranty and taxes). I happened to have a $200 gift card so the thing cost me only $9.25 out-of-pocket.

I used it to replace a 5400 rpm spinner in my laptop. My situation was a little different than yours since my hdd wasn't dead, but I simply cloned the hdd to the ssd, removed the hdd, installed the ssd and it booted fully intact. I did some tweaking which you need to do to optimize the ssd like check alignment but other than that, the process was rather smooth and trouble free. Hope yours goes just as well.
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21 May 2014   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Actually I have the 250GB EVO in my main machine and the 840's in two others and for my money Samsung is the best. But Crucial, and even SanDisk have done well by me.
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21 May 2014   #9
Arelem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The drive is ordered and will be delivered by Friday. Probably try the rebuild on Saturday. I'll let folks know how it goes.

Until, I'll just have to endure Second Life withdrawal.
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27 May 2014   #10
Arelem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Just wanted to let folks know my PC is back up and running again. I ended up essentially building a whole new PC (i.e. new case, motherboard, power supply, liquid cooler). The HP case was proprietary and weird in design from standard ones and a pain in the tookus to work in. I said the h**l with it and started over, transferring only my video card, a BluRay drive and the processor

The SSD installed nicely, the Corsair case I bought had special slots for 2.5" drives without adapters. Windows 7 Ultimate, when I finally got the install to work, aligned the drive nicely and everything went smooth from there.

Thanks to all for your help and input. You're a great bunch. You definitely all know where your towel is.
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