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Windows 7: Cloning HDD to SSD without having to reinstall Windows 7

02 Aug 2014   #1
Lostalpha

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Cloning HDD to SSD without having to reinstall Windows 7

So as the title says im planning on Cloning the contents of my HDD to my SSD but im a little bit worried that if I do that it will cause Windows 7 to start playing up. Now my HDD has 3 Partitions to it one is called System, the next Hp C: and Factory_Image D: .
From what i have gathered on the forums is if I copy the system partition into the Hp C: partition I wont have to worry about it playing up once I clone the Hp C: to my new SSD or thats the idea im getting here.

Also the program im going to use for this is called EaseUS Todo if that is of any help.

Thanks for any help that you can provide and sorry in advance if this is in the wrong section.


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02 Aug 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you do a proper clone, all 3 of your partitions should be copied to the new drive.

The system partition probably contains your boot files. You could move those boot files to C before you begin the clone process and get rid of the system partition entirely--before you do the clone. But there's no over-riding reason to do that.

I'd guess that EaseUs is capable of imaging as well as cloning. You could try the clone and if it fails, try imaging instead.

Be prepared to do a clean install to the SSD from scratch if it comes to that. Cloning or imaging usually works, but you need to know how to do a clean install if it comes to that.

A screen shot of your Windows Disk Management might be helpful to confirm what your situation.
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02 Aug 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You cannot put the system partition into the C partition. But you can copy the bootmgr from the system partition to the C partition. Here is how. Once you have done that, you can forget about the system partition.

The factory image I would copy to a DVD and not copy it to the SSD. Make frequent images, then you don't need it.

Next you have to worry about the alignment of the SSD. It is all explained in my little tutorial:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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02 Aug 2014   #4
Lostalpha

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you for the quick replies.

Below is the image of my disks or my HDD and SSD and as you can see the 3 partitions on my HDD.
Also a little more information EasyUs it also allows for specific partition cloning so that could allow me to keep the Factory_image on the HDD yes?
Also the EasyUs also says it has the abilty to Align the SSD by itself so should i trust that or would it be better to do it myself manualy then clone over the hp C: ?

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02 Aug 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

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I haven't used EaseUS in a long time, but the key point is that if you are going to clone, you need to clone all 3 partitions or the entire disc. It's anybody's guess how clear the instructions or menus are. They are typically made by a non-native English speaker, so expect some confusion. If you clone C alone, it won't boot. If you first copy the boot files from System to C before you begin (as WHS suggests), then you would delete System partition before you begin the clone of the remaining 2 partitions. If you do that, you should of course confirm that the system will boot and run properly without System partition BEFORE you begin the clone. If it won't boot before the clone, it certainly won't boot after.

Most cloning and imaging apps should preserve the alignment of the source partitions. If aligned OK before the clone, you should be aligned OK after. BUT, you should check alignment after the clone. It's correctable if not aligned correctly.

I would not assume the factory image partition is going to work before the clone, after the clone, or at all ever. It should. It may not. You should certainly make (burn) a set of recovery disks before you begin any clone. They may not work either, but at least that would give you some sort of fall back position if the factory image partition doesn't work when you get in a jam 6 months from now after a clone. Just don't get yourself in a position of relying on factory image or recovery disks. BE PREPARED to do a clean install at all times. You can easily make a legit Windows install disc if you don't already have one.
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02 Aug 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

The HP Factory install of Win7 is the worst possible install one can have, larded with bloatware and duplicate utilities which interfere with better versions built into Win7. So I'd use this opportunity to do a perfect Clean Reinstall Factory OEM to your new SSD and enjoy blazing glory instead of flaming molasses.
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02 Aug 2014   #7
Lostalpha

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Though that sounds like a nice idea it would mean i would have to move my files around and do some other things so ill stick to my current windows 7 till such a time as i have alot of trouble with it thanks gregrocker.

So i should trust the program to do the clone but go back and make sure it aligned currectly, but before i do that i should copy the boot from the system to C then delete system, but before doing that i should burn the factory_image onto a disk then delete the factory_image so that only the C: partition is left on the HDD.

And maybe also create a disk to repair Windows 7 as well which i can create on my computer, but do i need any burn to cd program for factory_image or the windows 7 repair disk?

P.s
sorry for all the questions first time ive done any of this so i wont as much information about it before i break something on my computer.
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02 Aug 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

You'd want to make your HP Recovery disks first to use in place of the Recovery partition in the future.

At that point you can clone over the System and C partitions to the new SSD, or save as a backup image if you want a copy. After the SSD is up and running awhile, you can plug in the HD to wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command and then repartition as a data drive in Disk Mgmt.

If you have no plans for the HD you could also save it as the backup image and if necessary to run Recovery from its partition using the F11 key or Boot Recovery Partition using EasyBCD
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02 Aug 2014   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

see comments in bold

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lostalpha View Post

So i should trust the program to do the clone but go back and make sure it aligned currectly, but before i do that i should copy the boot from the system to C then delete system,

Not necessarily. You don't need to copy boot files from System to C. You can instead just clone System along with C. One way or another, the current contents of System have to arrive on the SSD--either as part of System on SSD or as part of C on SSD.



but before doing that i should burn the factory_image onto a disk then delete the factory_image so that only the C: partition is left on the HDD.

Not quite. You would create a series of recovery disks from that factory image partition, using a menu of some type found on your PC. Not sure how many disks this would amount to. Two, maybe 3? These discs, in combination, should, I say should, be the functional equivalent of the factory image partition, but are not foolproof. To recover, you'd boot from the first of these disks and follow the onscreen instructions.

You wouldn't necessarily then delete the factory image partition. You could still include it in the clone. It might work later from the SSD and might not. The point of the burned discs is to give you another possible recovery method if the cloned factory image does NOT work.





And maybe also create a disk to repair Windows 7 as well which i can create on my computer, but do i need any burn to cd program for factory_image or the windows 7 repair disk?

I assume you do not currently have an ordinary Windows 7 installation disc. You should make one. It functions as a repair disk as well. You make it by downloading a legit Windows 7 ISO file from Digital River and burning that ISO to a blank DVD. You could at some point in the future use that burned disk to do a clean install should you ever want to.

You can burn the ISO with Windows built in tools or with a third party programs such as ImgBurn or others.

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02 Aug 2014   #10
Lostalpha

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hmm ok i will try that tomorrow when im more awake and see if it works and then get back when it is done.

Thank you for all the help guys you helped put my mind at ease and make it found fairly simple.
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