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Windows 7: Moving Windows 7 to new drive

22 Oct 2015   #11
Flogger23m

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Little bit of an update. I noticed all my drives are marked as active. This includes the boot HDD, two slave HDDs and one slave SSD. Will this cause any problems and is there any reason they automatically are set to active?

Otherwise I backed up my data and now I can clone my HDD to the SSD. This is what I plan on doing. You can let me know if there will be any issues doing the following:

1) Format SSD.

2) Clone HDD to SSD.

3) Double check boot priority, boot into Windows 7 via SSD. Ensure everything works.

4) Format HDD. Copy data over from two back up data drives.

5) Re-plug in my old SSD to use as an additional program drive.

End result:

500GB SSD for Windows/programs
2TB HDD for data
240GB SSD for extra programs
... and two data HDDs which are updated and will be unplugged.

If there is anything I should be mindful of do let me know.


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22 Oct 2015   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You shouldn't have more than 1 active drive--the boot drive in your case.

No need to format the SSD to which you will clone. That is done automatically as part of the clone process. It won't hurt to do it, but it's unnecessary.

Know what plan B is if the clone fails.
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22 Oct 2015   #13
Flogger23m

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I have been thinking that was the problem. Even after a quick format, Drive E is still active. How do I unmark it from being active? Likewise, when I clone my OS over to it will it automatically become an active drive?

I am running Win 7 Pro 64bit, and there is no option to un mark it that I can see.
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22 Oct 2015   #14
ignatzatsonic

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You can mark drives active or inactive in Windows Disk Management.

I use imaging rather than cloning, but I'd certainly expect that an active drive will be marked active when cloned. If not, do it manually after the clone.
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22 Oct 2015   #15
Flogger23m

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Is there a guide for marking it as inactive? Only tutorials I can find are via the CMD.
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22 Oct 2015   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Guide? Tutorial?

It's a 10 second job.

Open Disk Management as I said, right click the partition, and look for the menu choice.
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22 Oct 2015   #17
Flogger23m

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Guide? Tutorial?

It's a 10 second job.

Open Disk Management as I said, right click the partition, and look for the menu choice.
Very helpful considering that option simply doesn't exist. You can mark as Active which is greyed out, but that is of zero help for my task of un-marking it. Maybe it existed in XP, Vista or crash/Freeze 8.1/10 but it does not exist in Win 7 Pro 64bit as far as I am concerned. I did the CMD option, which appears to have worked. It is no longer marked as active.

Sadly Acronis is still giving me the following error:

Quote:
Acronis Loader fatal error: boot drive (partition) not found.
Press (enter) to try and boot your oS...
Problem is every time I restart Windows 7 I get this error. I am not sure how to disable Acronis from attempting it. I have not even attempted to load the program in the past 4-5 restart cycles, but that damn error always pops up after the motherboard logo. I am thinking of uninstalling it though I fear that may cause damage to my OS. Acronis and Micron certainly seems to have gone down the shitter.

This is currently what my drives show:
http://i.imgur.com/tD3er71.jpg

Note that I removed the data drives to keep things simple. Not sure if this is a Windows 7 or Aronics error at this point.
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