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Windows 7: How to clone partition E: alone to boot from a new drive?

16 Apr 2012   #11
burgul

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I used SavePart (actually the link doesn't work, I googled it).
I reached a conclusion that the place that really determines it, is the registry. And that I may need a C: partition too.
So I changed the old C: to something else, deleted the new SSD, added a small new C: in it and made it active to serve as the system volume.
But now E: was still linked in the registry to the old E: partition and would not allow a new partition to take that letter. And I couldn't change it from the old E:.
So I rebooted, cloned E: to the new SSD using EASEUS (checking Optimize for SSD ), rebooted to windows setup, choose to fix and let it find and add the partition. I then went to the console, ran spartwin (a version for windows setup) and it allowed me to take the drive ID & offset of the to-be-E: and place it in the registry instead of those of the old E:.
Three more fix iterations by Windows setup, and done.

I suspected that some rescue disks/software may be able to do the same, but none of what I installed helped. Savepart did.
None of the free/trial software by Acronis helped me (as I wrote above), and I didn't feel like starting to buy various software only to be disappointed yet again. And Acronis didn't even answer my questions yet.



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