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Windows 7: install ssd and keep all programs without a reinstall of windows

16 Jan 2015   #61
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

This is what I started with.




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16 Jan 2015   #62
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

According to what I have written down in my notes. I used partition wizard to shrink c partition down to 220GB. Then, used Macrium to clone system and c from disk one to disk two. I did not partition any thing on disk two. Macrium cloned it as it is now.


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16 Jan 2015   #63
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

While getting my stuff in order, I now find that Mini Partition Wizard (free) won't let me merge partitions. Now I need to find a way to do that too. Free, keyword here.
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16 Jan 2015   #64
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Post a screen print of your current Windows disk management.
What partitions are you trying to merge ?
Is the screen print in post #64 the latest and greatest for what you see in Macrium ?

Can you post a screen print showing what you see for
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I now find that Mini Partition Wizard (free) won't let me merge partitions
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16 Jan 2015   #65
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

The last snip is from today, nothing is changed. Just to try, I thought I would merge the 2.65GB to F in disk one. Won't let me. If you have followed along, I don't really know what I'm doing, trial and error sort of. Without ruining something that now works. Partitioning is new to me too, that's why the 2.65 GB is there. never really needed to partition on anything. I got back ups though in more than one spot so feel sort of safe.
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16 Jan 2015   #66
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It`s not a partition, it`s un allocated space. You have to extend the partition on it`s left to grab that space.

You really need to post a shot of disk management from windows for us, it`s just such a better picture, oh want ya pertty please

What does it matter ? Arent you going to delete all those partitions off that drive and format it ? Set it up properly ?

I would just delete everything but that Rcovery partition. That partition may not even be of any use anymore either, so if it`s not, that can be deleted too. Greg will know for sure.

Then you will have an entire hard drive for data storage and disk images.
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16 Jan 2015   #67
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Looks like you start getting a headache over that. Take 20 bucks and get this program. It transfers your C partition and system partition with 3 clicks. 3 minutes of work and 20 minutes of waiting and it is all done. It does all the alignments and the settings required for SSDs.
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16 Jan 2015   #68
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

But, but ..... he`s all done, he`s just working on the hard drive, no need to spend any money.
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16 Jan 2015   #69
gatewatcher

Windows 7, 64 bit, Home Premium
 
 

First, to AddRAM, I don't know, but here's the snip. to whs, I don't have twenty bucks, And If I did I wouldn't learn anything.


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16 Jan 2015   #70
gregrocker

 

Macrium can resize partitions during the cloning or imaging process by highlighting the partition to Manage from the link just below the partition when it's highlighted to size it correctly.

But you can easily do it now in Disk Mgmt by rightclicking C to Extend, then click Next all the way through inserting a label in the empty label box if you want it labeled. Partition or Volume - Extend

Tell us what you want to do with the hard drive now and we'll give you the steps. Since the clone is configured correctly to boot itself, you can delete the OS partitions on the HD at any time when ready to either create a new partition there or Extend the data partition to the left which requires Partition Wizard How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help. You can also delete the Recovery partition since it will be useless after deleting the OS partition.

Or you can move the data off the HD to wipe it cleanest using Diskpart Clean Command then repartition as a data drive for storage. But if it is going to remain in DISK0 position then I would only use Logical partitions so that any repairs or reinstall cannot derail the System boot files to the first Primary partition as can happen: Partition / Extended : Logical Drives - Windows 7 Forums
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