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Windows 7: Transferring Win 7 OS to SSD

21 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Premium x64 / 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 
Transferring Win 7 OS to SSD

Hi,

I bought an SSD drive for my computer, only 60GB or so, and wanted to run my OS on it, and a few programs I use most days (Adobe suite / few games). Then use my existing drive (About 140GB) for photos and other things.

So far I've put the SSD drive in my computer, hooked it up, and formatted it so it shows on my 'My Computer' as drive :E.

I know how to put programs over, but how, and what is the best way to transfer my Windows 7 OS over to it?

Any help would be great! (Sorry if this is in the wrong section!)



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21 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at this tutorial: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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21 Mar 2012   #3

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Hey, that's an awfully long tutorial for tired eyes. LOL
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21 Mar 2012   #4

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

My main partition is C: The Recovery Partition is D: and my Optical Drive is E:

What are yours? Just wondering. Thanks!

Quickdraw
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21 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Premium x64 / 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 

Cool, I think I'll go with the easy option, the geek way lost me half way through! Ty

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21 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by quickdraw2011 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Hey, that's an awfully long tutorial for tired eyes. LOL
I know, but it's a good one!

Just get a good night's sleep, and then start nice and fresh the next morning.
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21 Mar 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

If you don't want to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to the SSD, then you can run the Factory Recovery disks you can make - although this method will reinstall all of the factory bloatware which can hog SSD space.

If you want the same installation you have now then you'll need to either clone or image it over. The best way to do that is to use the tutorial linked by SeaVixen.

Or you can save a Windows 7 backup image now externally and try imaging it to the SSD as follows:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
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21 Mar 2012   #8

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by quickdraw2011 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Hey, that's an awfully long tutorial for tired eyes. LOL
I know, but it's a good one!

Just get a good night's sleep, and then start nice and fresh the next morning.
I did as suggested and my eyes are "wide open" now!
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22 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Premium x64 / 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 

I've managed to transfer my windows over, but had to pick and choose carefully which files because I have limited space on my SSD, when I rebooted on my new drive, it didn't let me login, so I rebooted, and transfered C:/Users over and managed to login. BUT on a 'temporary user account' So when I logged off, it reset all my settings.

Any advice for that?
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22 Mar 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you strip Users out of the image before reimaging - if so it had no account settings? Reimporting them might not have restored your Account.

What is listed in Control Panel>User Accounts? If necessary you can set up a new Administrative level account there and start fresh, to see if it will work with your installed programs. I would not copy into it your AppData settings but start fresh to avoid a corruption path.

If this fails I would not waste much time with it when you can clean reinstall in minutes following these steps for the best performing, leanest install of all: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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