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Windows 7: What is the correct way to migrate my old SSD to my new build?

13 May 2012   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Even with sysprep, you still have to properly prepare the new SSD - at least align the SSD. And activation may still be a problem.


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13 May 2012   #12
event3horizon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Even with sysprep, you still have to properly prepare the new SSD - at least align the SSD. And activation may still be a problem.
Thanks for adding this, I've never used an SSD before so I don't the details behind it. As for activation it would be a problem if it is an OEM license since it's attached to a specific computer.

I have a standard license and it works good on two of my PCs.

Maybe he can use the skiprearm feature in sysprep and avoid resetting the activation??
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13 May 2012   #13
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

With Win 7 you do not need to worry about alignment. Win 7 is not XP.

Win 7 will correctly align.
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14 May 2012   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
With Win 7 you do not need to worry about alignment. Win 7 is not XP.

Win 7 will correctly align.
That is correct for a brand new installation, but not when you migrate an existing system e.g. via an image.

And even for a new installation I always first define a primary, active, aligned partition. That avoids the creation of the 100MB system partition.
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14 May 2012   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I do much the same thing. I do not force the alignment. If the alignment is not forced, then Win 7 will correctly align the partition.

Since this topic has come up several times, when I run across the Microsoft article that I bookmarked on this topic, then I'll start including a link to the article. You would think a bookmark would be enough, but since topics and contents and tags often don't match plus sometimes I rely upon RSS articles that I've marked using Google Reader.

One of these days, I've got to get organized.
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14 May 2012   #16
qwikpix

Windows 7 Home Premum 32bit
 
 

Please forgive me if I'm wrong but since I am not imaging the install over to a new drive but retaining the drive and install intact will this not mean the alignment should remain as it was implemented when I first installed to it?

The drive was a fresh drive before I installed Windows 7 to it and as I understood it at the time the Windows 7 installer would take care of the alignment for SSDs correctly and I didn't need to worry about that aspect. Since I am trying to keep the install intact on this SSD but just use sysprep to prepare the OS for other new hardware will the alignment not be ok then?
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14 May 2012   #17
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

qwikpix,
I'm going to rain on your parade.

Sysprep is not without hazards and pitfalls.

Be sure and make a backup copy of all data dear to your heart.
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14 May 2012   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you make a new installation with a Windows 7 installation disk on a SSD, it will automatically align the SSD.

If you transport an existing OS via an image to a new SSD, it is prudent to first align the SSD. Some imaging programs have ways to retain an original alignment, but you really have to know how to use it. Aligning the SSD with cmd or Disk Management beforehand is easier.
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14 May 2012   #19
magnificent seven

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14 May 2012   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Here is a link regarding how Win 7 works with SSDs. The topic of alignment is also covered.

Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives - Engineering Windows 7 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
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