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Windows 7: Swapping OS to ssd drive

20 Nov 2012   #1
stacey252

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
Swapping OS to ssd drive

Hello, new here first post.
I fancy one of these SSD drives now that the price has become more reasonable, but I need some advice.
When I upgraded from XP, I had trouble with the disc I was trying to load it onto, it wasn't a system drive or something (it was a while back). Eventually I resorted to fitting an old XP hard drive and making my Win 7 dual boot. Actually I somehow ended up with one XP and two Win 7s!
Can I transfer my Win 7 to the SSD and have it as the main and only OS easily?
If not, can I do a fresh install on the SSD and use a back up of my existing system somehow.
I'm a bit loathe to start completely afresh.
Any advice gratefully received
Stacey


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20 Nov 2012   #2
Burgurne

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 retail
 
 

First run a Windows Easy Transfer and backup what it does. Then make a fresh install on the SSD, and after that import the backup from Windows Easy Transfer.
It is not a good idea to use an image of Windows 7 from a HDD on a SSD as some settings in Windows 7 are different.
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20 Nov 2012   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug all other HD's, plug in the SSD, boot the Win7 installer to do a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 - the steps are the same for retail.

If you're intent upon transferring the install you have, post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. We'll show you how to make the Win7 HD independent so that you can transfer the Win7 install as shown in SSD - Install and transfer the Operating System
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21 Nov 2012   #4
stacey252

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Thanks for the replies, I'll get onto that tomorrow
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21 Nov 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For the OS transfer, have a look here: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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22 Nov 2012   #6
stacey252

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

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Well I'm learning here! Never heard of the snipping tool.


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22 Nov 2012   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

As is often the case, Win7 placed it's System boot files on XP which is signified by the System active label there. In this case there is really no choice since Win7 was installed to a Logical partition which cannot host System boot files until it is converted to Primary.

The best choice of all is to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 using the latest official installer for your licensed version in the tutorial, with all other HD's unplugged.

However if you like your Win7 install so much you want to image over the Win7 partition to the new SSD then convert its partition to Primary using Partition Wizard following the tutorial How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

Then in Disk Mgmt Mark Win7 partition Active,

unplug XP HD and swap the it's cable to Win7 so that it becomes Disk0, making sure it remains first to boot in BIOS setup.

Then from Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own and holds the System Active flags.

You can then plug back in XP HD to boot it when needed using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen, or install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to add XP on the Add OS entry tab, accepting boot files offered.

When ready transfer the Win7 partition to the SSD as given in SSD - Install and transfer the Operating System
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22 Nov 2012   #8
stacey252

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Hmmm. The clean install from windows 7 disk then easy transfer option seems the easiest and safest. I guess it would be best to disconnect all the other hds and run all windows updates before easy transfer?
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22 Nov 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Read over carefully to understand fully the steps involved in getting a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Your questions are all answered there.

I would use the backup method given there also unless you are familar with WET and trust it. I find it easier to just drag the User folders to backup and then copy the contents of each back into the new install.
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23 Nov 2012   #10
stacey252

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Thanks for that, I'll leave you all in peace for a while.
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