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Windows 7: Changing c: partition with a new disk

18 Dec 2012   #11
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you want to carry your current OS to the SSD have a look at this:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System


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20 Dec 2012   #12
rogerio53

windows 7 Home Premium Build 7601
 
 

I read everything carefully and I intend to adopt the following procedure. Please tell me if I am in the right path.

1) Backup
2) Shrink the c: partition on the HDD to 60G ( capacity of the SSD drive)
3) Disconnect the two HDD, install the SSD (hopping it gets letter c
4) Prepare SSD as in tutorial " SSD - Install and transfer the operating system"
5) Reconnect the two HDD
6) Do old c: image with Macrium ( following tutorial "Image your system with free Macrium")
7) Delete old c: partition
8) Recover image to new c:

Answering to gregrocker:

- I dont know why HD0 was dynamic. I remember that when I connect it (some years ago) and used diskmanagement to install it, windows create it as dynamic. Anyway yesterday a convert it to basic.
- As for the number of partitions: it results from old "rules of securing" I read many years ago saying that it was more prudent to have several partitions. Also I remember that old FAT systems had limitations of size of the partitions. Now its too painfull to rearrange the disk because I do not have anymore the instalation files of the programs that are on the partitions. If my setup does not cause any problems I will keep it.

Thank you very much for the help of everybody.
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20 Dec 2012   #13
Kaktussoft

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Another question. I see you have ubuntu installed. Do you boot into ubuntu from win7 bootmenu? Or do see the linux bootmenu first and select win7 from it?
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20 Dec 2012   #14
Kaktussoft

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  1. Backup C on HDD using macrium to external disk. Shrink isn't needed!
  2. Disconnect HDD where C is on. Connect SSD
  3. Boot from macrium rescue CD, use the winpe version! Be sure to connect external disk to usb2 port. Some usb3 ports don't work. click "browse for image". Drive letter can be different than that you expect!
  4. Restore the image to SSD. Be sure it is aligned as shown here Partition Alignment ! Partition type must be ACTIVE, but that is selected by default.
  5. Boot from SSD
Now you can reconnect old HDD and be sure to boot to SSD again! Now you can do whatever you want with old C (it has another drive letter now!) and delete it if you want.
v5: How to restore a backup image (Restore, v5)

Tell me when done
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20 Dec 2012   #15
rogerio53

windows 7 Home Premium Build 7601
 
 

Thank you, Kaktussoft

Some time ago I had Ubuntu. It was deleted. Changed label to avoid confusions.

I will do what you wrote tomorrow or next weekend and tell you when done.

Thank you again.
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20 Dec 2012   #16
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rogerio53 View Post
Thank you, Kaktussoft

Some time ago I had Ubuntu. It was deleted. Changed label to avoid confusions.

I will do what you wrote tomorrow or next weekend and tell you when done.

Thank you again.
After successgull transfer to SSD and it boots fine:

Hibernation File most of us do not use Hibernation, but Sleep instead. But, the hiberfile takes precious space on your SSD to the same tune as the size as your RAM. To get rid of it, run the following command in elevated Command Prompt: powercfg h off. If you ever want it back, it is powercfg h on.

enable system protection on C and disable it on ghost drives that may appear in that list. System Protection - Turn On or Off

Goto disk defragment and check the schedule scheme. Be sure it doesn't defragment the SSD! It's useless on non spinning disks. And it shortens the lifespan

Turn TRIM ON. How to TRIM a SSD in Windows 7
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20 Dec 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

I don't think its good practice to recommend turning off the Hiberfile, as it is a modern feature perfected in Win7 which makes it much easier to walk away assured that if you don't come back your work will be saved with the PC shut down after it times out. Then the PC starts three times faster next time with your work left out where it was. What could be more desirable?

I program my PC's to Hibernate instead of Shut Down. Only if Windows Updates are cued on Shut Down button do I use it.
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20 Dec 2012   #18
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I don't think its good practice to recommend turning off the Hiberfile, as it is a modern feature perfected in Win7 which makes it much easier to walk away assured that if you don't come back your work will be saved with the PC shut down after it times out. Then the PC starts three times faster next time with your work left out where it was. What could be more desirable?

I program my PC's to Hibernate instead of Shut Down. Only if Windows Updates are cued on Shut Down button do I use it.
I just told him it saves disk space
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20 Dec 2012   #19
gregrocker

 

I understand. I just see it a lot here and feel someone should stand up for the feature, especially since SSD's are getting bigger and have room for hiberfile now.
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20 Dec 2012   #20
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I understand. I just see it a lot here and feel someone should stand up for the feature, especially since SSD's are getting bigger and have room for hiberfile now.
I understand... I won't recommend it anymore. Hibernation is a great feature if you want to have all applications open and proceed later. But shutdown/hibernate time is almost the same. Boot time/resume from hibernation time is almost the same... at least on my laptop.

Great advantage of hibernation is ... if battery is almost empty.... it automatically hibernates. What happens in case battery is empty and hibernation is off?
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