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Windows 7: Transfering Windows 7 to SSD from HDD on new laptop?

16 Jan 2013   #31
DellXPS14

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
As you have an EFI BIOS I would use it in Legacy Mode which allows install to MBR disk. So you'd want to expand the Legacy Boot options to look them over.

However if your old install was in EFI mode your HD may be in GPT format now. Will it boot now in Legacy mode?
Legacy boot option shows me the following:

Normal Boot Menu > Normal and Advance (Normal is selected)
Boot Type Order> Floppy Drive, Hard Disk Drive, CD/DVD rom Drive, USB, Other (in that order)
Hard Disc Drive> Hard Drive, mini SSD (in that order)
Others> Network


Is the solution to put the Hard Disk Drive before the Floppy Drive (under Boot Type Order) and then put the mini SSD before the Hard Drive (under hard drive)?

Or would I need to reinstall windows 7 like theog mentions

Thanks again


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16 Jan 2013   #32
gregrocker

 

What are the Advanced choices under Normal boot menu?

I would remove Floppy from all menus, which may be accomplished just by uninstalling the floppy drive which is best anyway.

Then if you can trigger DVD or USB drive from its own one-time BIOS Boot Menu at boot, I'd set HD to boot first as it appears to be now.

And yes, I would set SSD first under HDD since you want to install to it.

Those choice are for legacy BIOS. Is your Win7 installed now in EFI mode or Legacy?

If EFI mode you may want to keep it there to transfer or reinstall to SSD in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums.

If you choose to change from UEFI to Legacy mode you'll need to wipe the HD to convert to MBR disk as demonstrated in Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
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16 Jan 2013   #33
DellXPS14

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What are the Advanced choices under Normal boot menu?

I would remove Floppy from all menus, which may be accomplished just by uninstalling the floppy drive which is best anyway.

Then if you can trigger DVD or USB driver from its own one-time BIOS Boot Menu at boot, I'd set HD to boot first as it appears to be now.

And yes, I would set SSD first under HDD since you want to install to it.

Those choice are for legacy BIOS. Is your Win7 installed now in EFI mode or Legacy?

If EFI mode you may want to keep it there to transfer or reinstall to SSD in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums.

If you choose to change from UEFI to Legacy mode you'll need to wipe the HD to convert to MBR disk as demonstrated in Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
Sorry for being ignorant but I'm not really following you. I'm not that familiar with the technical side of windows 7 so I'm not aware of the terms you're using.

I tried to uninstall the floppy drive but it didn't show up in my device manager (I searched online and the device manager is where you would normally uninstall or disable it).

When you say, "Then if you can trigger DVD or USB driver from its own one-time BIOS Boot Menu at boot, I'd set HD to boot first as it appears to be now." do you mean instead of pressing F2 for setup, press F12 for boot manager? When I go into boot manager I now find: Legacy boot: mini ssd, hard drive, network and Other Options: Diagnostics, Enter setup

I did however change the boot order under legacy boot> boot type order to Hard disk drive 1st. I also changed the SSD to the 1st spot under legacy boot> Hard Disk Drive.

Right now i'm guessing that my PC runs legacy boot because there is nothing in UEFI Boot, would I be correct in saying that? I honestly don't know the difference between the two or what they even mean.

Any help would be much appreciated, thank you for being so patient.
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16 Jan 2013   #34
DellXPS14

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

It looks like my computer boots up to the SSD now!

The is however an extra D drive called "Recovery" thats showing in "my computer"

Theres:
Datapart1 (C: ) (which is my SSD)
Recovery (D: )
OSDisk (E: ) (which is my 500 gb hdd)
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16 Jan 2013   #35
gregrocker

 

You uninstall the floppy drive by finding it listed in BIOS to disable, or pulling the cables off of it in case.

Yes, use the F12 menu to trigger the installer DVD or USB flash stick. Will it boot? See how far it gets in the steps to Clean Install Windows 7.

But first I'd read a bit on EFI to at least have some info on it: The 30-year-long Reign of BIOS is Over: Why UEFI W... - Input Output
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums
Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
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17 Jan 2013   #36
DellXPS14

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You uninstall the floppy drive by finding it listed in BIOS to disable, or pulling the cables off of it in case.

Yes, use the F12 menu to trigger the installer DVD or USB flash stick. Will it boot? See how far it gets in the steps to Clean Install Windows 7.

But first I'd read a bit on EFI to at least have some info on it: The 30-year-long Reign of BIOS is Over: Why UEFI W... - Input Output
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums
Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
1. I've looked everywhere in BIOS and cannot find how to disable floppy drive. I don't have a floppy drive in my laptop to disconnect.

2. You want me to do a clean install again? Right now my computer boots from the SSD but for some reason non of the drivers I installed are showing up. It also seems like the boot time and shut down time are a lot slower than when I had the SSD in alone. When I had the SSD in alone my computer shut down in 6 seconds flat, now it takes around 15-18 seconds, somethings not right.

3. I read the article and watched the 20 minute video on legacy v. UEFI and have a basic knowledge of what the two do and why UEFI is better. However I'm not exactly sure which my computer is running, i'm assuming UEFI. My Bios version is A13 (the person in the video explains how to tell the difference between the two but the method doesn't apply to my laptop because the versions don't match

I understand this process must be very frustrating for you, I appreciate your patience.
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17 Jan 2013   #37
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DellXPS14 View Post

1. I've looked everywhere in BIOS and cannot find how to disable floppy drive. I don't have a floppy drive in my laptop to disconnect.
Try this. == Go into Device Manager. You should see Floppy Drive. Right click and click on "Disable"
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17 Jan 2013   #38
DellXPS14

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You uninstall the floppy drive by finding it listed in BIOS to disable, or pulling the cables off of it in case.

Yes, use the F12 menu to trigger the installer DVD or USB flash stick. Will it boot? See how far it gets in the steps to Clean Install Windows 7.

But first I'd read a bit on EFI to at least have some info on it: The 30-year-long Reign of BIOS is Over: Why UEFI W... - Input Output
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums
Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DellXPS14 View Post

1. I've looked everywhere in BIOS and cannot find how to disable floppy drive. I don't have a floppy drive in my laptop to disconnect.
Try this. == Go into Device Manager. You should see Floppy Drive. Right click and click on "Disable"
That's what I originally tried, there is no device called floppy drive. I must not have a floppy drive driver on my computer, it was probably just in the bios as a default.
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17 Jan 2013   #39
gregrocker

 

Possible.

How's the install goin? How far did you get in Clean Install Windows 7?
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17 Jan 2013   #40
DellXPS14

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Haven't started yet, which one of the two methods should I try using? (Installing 7 with uefi or the method bypassing efi) Also, should I pull the 500gb hdd out before installing this time?

Were you able to read one of my previous messages, "2. You want me to do a clean install again? Right now my computer boots from the SSD but for some reason none of the drivers I installed are showing up. It also seems like the boot time and shut down time are a lot slower than when I had the SSD in alone. When I had the SSD in alone my computer shut down in 6 seconds flat, now it takes around 15-18 seconds, somethings not right."
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