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Windows 7: Migrating Data to D: and then cloning OS from C: to new SSD

01 Mar 2015   #1
mackado

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 64 bit
 
 
Migrating Data to D: and then cloning OS from C: to new SSD

I'm having issues with my main 5 year old HDD; SFC/SCANNOW won't go pass 65% and after running CHKDSK/F several times in the last few months, after repairs, etc, the HDD is behaving better even though it takes quite a while to finish the boot-up process, and sometime it drags during certain tasks, I decided it's time to swap the drive before it completely dies on me.


To avoid the lengthy software re-configurations of a fresh Win7 install, I'd rather clone my C: drive with OS to the new 250 gig SSD and use my second internal Hitachi 1TB HDD(Used now for backups) to hold DATA only, I will do back-ups to a third external HDD.


I've been searching/reading Tutorials around here on how to move/migrate all my Data from C:\ to D:\ drive, leaving behind only the Win7 OS and programs on Drive C:\ to be cloned later into the SSD, of course keeping the OS links to my data on drive D:\.


I've looked into Tutorials here using 'Mklinks', 'MOVE' command, etc, but I'm afraid I'm not fully sure if any of this methods will work for me, or if even what I'm trying to do is possible.


Can someone here offer some advice and/or point/guide me to the right Tutorial to accomplish what I described above?


Thanks..


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01 Mar 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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You want to move data only from C on the possibly failing drive to D on the Hitachi?

Why not use the mouse or keyboard just as you'd normally move a file? Then clone or possibly image whatever's left behind to the SSD.

I'm sure you've thought of that, but tell me why you rejected the idea. I may be overlooking something.
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01 Mar 2015   #3
mackado

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 64 bit
 
 

I've never used separate OS and Data HDDs before, so I'm not sure if just doing a simple 'move' of the data will accomplish what I'm planning...

From now on I'm trying to use the new SSD only for the W7 OS/programs and D: to store all the data, I'd like to move over all my existing Data directories on C:\ [My Documents, My Music, My videos etc] to D:\, and make sure all the installed programs continue to work after cloning OS to new SSD [C:\.]
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01 Mar 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

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I use separate drives.

One for Windows and applications; another for data only; another for data backup only.

One partition on each drive.

Below you can see a pic of my setup.

I don't deliberately use the User and My Documents folders. I save all data files directly to my data drive D. At times, Windows or applications will stick stuff somewhere inside the User folder, but that's not my personal data.

I don't use libraries either.

I'd think that any application that now works on hard drive C will work on SSD C after you clone or image to the SSD. What matters is the drive letter and you are staying with C for applications and Windows.

Since I don't use the "My Documents" stuff, I'll let others comment on that. But there are other ways to skin the cat.


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01 Mar 2015   #5
mackado

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I use separate drives.

One for Windows and applications; another for data only; another for data backup only.

One partition on each drive.
This is exactly what Im trying to do, although I rather keep default settings for Win7.

A tech friend told me to use the folders/Libraries 'move' option, that it will keep all links to software/users intact and move all data in folders/Dir to new location drive, but now pointing to D:\ , but I'm still trying to figure this out here...
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01 Mar 2015   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Gregrocker can help you with moving users folders. I'm pretty sure there's a tutorial somewhere on this site.

Have you grazed these tutorials:

http://www.sevenforums.com/search.php?searchid=5677906
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01 Mar 2015   #7
mackado

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Ignatzatsonic, will check those later on tonight, I've read so many different tutorials in the last few days, with similar names and dealing with similar procedures that my head feels like mulch right now..

I just found the "move" command my Tech friend mentioned

Under Libraries, right click the "My documents" "my Music " folders..etc-->Properties-->location--> move and then select new location, dialog box says it will move all files stored under this location to a new partition or HDD, I think this is what I need, I will do a run test later to make sure...
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07 Mar 2015   #8
mackado

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 64 bit
 
 

To avoid duplicating the Data, I should have initiated the Data 'move' from the 'Users' folders Directory instead of using the 'Library” folders, but Since the 'move' command already relocated all my files to D:\ the solution was simply to delete the original data files from drive C:\ , after reboot the user is re-directed to the new location, except for the Itunes library, which needs to be manually pointed to the new location.

My problem now is that I've tried different 'cloning' software, Samsung 'Data Migration' , AOMEI Partition Standard” “Macrium Reflect”[Image] and all hang-up at about 20% citing bad Sectors, I did a fresh CHKDSK/f/ /R, and windows fixed a few corrupt files and replaced bad clusters, the PC is even booting up faster now, but still cloning fails..

Any one has any suggestion other that just giving up and doing a fresh Win7 install?
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07 Mar 2015   #9
gregrocker

 

Test the drive using the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan to know its condtion with certainty. Then run another Disk Check.

Compare your install with the perfect install compiled in Clean Reinstall Windows 7
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07 Mar 2015   #10
mackado

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 64 bit
 
 

Thanks GregRocker for your help, I've spent the last 9+ hours scanning with Seagate's 'SeaTools for DOS' and a brand new CHKDSK/F /R right after, Seatools found 97 errors and all were fixed, both the long and short test report "pass"...Chkdsk found everything fine afterward, "Volume clean" was the last message.

PC is booting up/working fine off the old HDD, [For now] but unfortunately, Samsung Migration to SSD still fails at the same 21% point; I'm going to try AOMEI Partition again and see, but this program takes like 2 hours to report the same fail point as Samsung Migration does in 2 minutes..so I'll leave it running tonight.

The only errors I can find on the Seagate HDD are reported by Samsung Magician software[included with SSD] using the S.M.A.R.T. scan that finds two 'fail', one is 'Uncorrectable error count' and 'ECC error Rate' ..

is there any way to fix this last errors, and see if the Migration will work then?
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