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Windows 7: New SSD Drive

04 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
New SSD Drive

Hi all just purchased a new SSD Drive and need to clone copy my win seven installation over to it, what's the best way to go about it anyone done it?, don't really want to reinstall, my currant installation will fit on SSD, my current win 7 installation is on a raid configuration if that matters.

thanks for any help

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04 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I found this anyone use this not got my drive yet so cant try
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04 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Cloning is one way to do it but if you have an external drive you could use it is preferable to image your current OS drive, storing the image file on your external, and then restoring the image to your new drive. There are several free imaging programs you could use for this, including Aomei Backupper, or the one usually favoured here, Macrium Reflect. I advise this because for ppl not familiar with cloning it is not uncommon for them to get it wrong and wipe their OS drive. That cannot happen with imaging.
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04 May 2014   #4
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06 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 professional 64 bit

If you only want to clone, then you can use clonezilla. I've tried some other methods, but they don't seem as reliable. I posted about this here:
(Dell Inspiron) No bootable device
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06 May 2014   #6
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

I've used Clonezilla on Linux systems and agree with folks that say that it is very hard to figure out how to use it -- and any mistakes could wipe out your current installation. Instead, I heartily recommend the Image/Restore path using Macrium Reflect. I've done that several times "migrating" installations from HDDs to SSDs and never yet run into any problems.
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