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Windows 7: Re-Installation Necessary When Switching to Pci-e SSD Bootdisk?


12 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
 
 
Re-Installation Necessary When Switching to Pci-e SSD Bootdisk?

I am considering buying a Pci-e SSD drive, likely the new V2 OCZ drives. Will I be required to re-install windows or can I push a copy via Windows back up unto the SSD drive then boot from it by removing my current C:\ Drive?

What problems will I likely face? Is there a better method? I really would like to not re-install Windows.

My computer specs are in my profile. Thank you.


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12 Apr 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello TwatLlama, welcome to Seven Forums!


You can 'move' the current install but it would be far less trouble to do a clean install to the new SSD, just be sure that is the only SSD/HDD connected for the install, that'll make life even easier in the long run.
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12 Apr 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

SSD - Install and transfer the Operating System - Windows 7 Forums

This program (only $20) will migrate it for you flawlessly: Paragon Migrate OS to SSD - System migration to Solid State Drives (SSD) - Overview

I'll ask our resident expert Wolfgang about whether these methods also work for PCIE SSD's.
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12 Apr 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The method will depend on the time you want to invest. A fresh install is always preferable. But you can also go via an image. But then you must prepare the SSD as explained in my tutorial that Greg has linked. If you want the real fast route, spend $19.95 on this program. Then you are done in 15 minutes.
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12 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
 
 

Thank you for the responses. The program you recommended seems to be designed for those that have a smaller SSD drive than their boot partition. The program isolates system files and applications to copy and leaves extraneous/temp files alone. It's not that I don't want to spend the $20 bucks, it just seems unnecessary to my needs.

The writing architecture between HD and SSD are significantly different. Partition definitions are emulated. I want to make sure that doing an image copy from an HD to a SSD is something that works. While I am technically savvy, I have never worked with SSDs and making a bootable flashdrive has given me significant problems in the past.

Thanks again for your help.
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12 Apr 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Thank you for the responses. The program you recommended seems to be designed for those that have a smaller SSD drive than their boot partition. The program isolates system files and applications to copy and leaves extraneous/temp files alone.
This is only one of the conveniences. Dealing with the hidden 100MB active partition, dealing with large partitions that do not fit on the SSD (not files), aligning the SSD, etc. are some others.

If you think you can deal with it "manually", you can save 20 bucks and you may learn something. But if you need more than 30 minutes for the setup, than you are working for a low hourly rate - LOL.
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12 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
Thank you for the responses. The program you recommended seems to be designed for those that have a smaller SSD drive than their boot partition. The program isolates system files and applications to copy and leaves extraneous/temp files alone.
This is only one of the conveniences. Dealing with the hidden 100MB active partition, dealing with large partitions that do not fit on the SSD (not files), aligning the SSD, etc. are some others.

If you think you can deal with it "manually", you can save 20 bucks and you may learn something. But if you need more than 30 minutes for the setup, than you are working for a low hourly rate - LOL.
Haha, you got me there. I agree that the time I'll likely spend on a manual transition far outweighs a $20 program. But alas, call me an enthusiast

Isn't that why we buy these silly things?
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12 Apr 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I guess you are right - learning by doing. But I like shortcuts. Sometimes the laze gets to me.

I never wanted to touch those "toys". After having spent 35 years in large system operating system development, I absolutely did not want to touch another computer after my retirement - and it held for 15 years. But then one day in 2007 the wife dragged a laptop into the house. And who do you think had to set it up and deal with it. Now we have 6 of those buggers and I spend half of my remaining life with them. Talk about an enthusiast.
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13 Apr 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwatLlama View Post
I am considering buying a Pci-e SSD drive, likely the new V2 OCZ drives. Will I be required to re-install windows or can I push a copy via Windows back up unto the SSD drive then boot from it by removing my current C:\ Drive?

What problems will I likely face? Is there a better method? I really would like to not re-install Windows.

My computer specs are in my profile. Thank you.

Hi TwatLlama, you might take a look at Wolfgang's (whs) sig for some good advice. In a new situation like adding a SSD I'd take the easy way then figure out how it worked later.
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