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Windows 7: Unable to boot from cloned HDD

29 Jun 2016   #11
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Why did F and E grow in size on the SSD ? That is totally wrong. Those partitions are not even supposed to have letters.

Is this a Windows 7 install ? Why are the 1st 2 partitions on each drive labeled System Drive ???




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29 Jun 2016   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

This is why imaging is so much better in my opinion, you shrink your C partition down so it will fit on the new ssd, and in your case you`d have to image the system drive partition as well because it has the system files on it, and you make sure it stays the same exact size.


Disk 1 may not show the system files because you can`t boot into it, but I hope that`s not the case.

And Greg always told me, a Recovery partition carried over to a new drive won`t work anymore.
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29 Jun 2016   #13
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

This is what you really should do.

Download the iso file of the version of Windows 7 SP1 you need.

Create a 4 GB usb stick Windows 7 SP1 installer using rufus.

https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Remove the hard drive.

Connect the new ssd where the hard drive is (yes it matters)

Install windows to the entire new ssd,, you do this by creating an install partition out of the entire ssd during the beginning of the install. (After you delete the entire ssd back down to unallocated space by deleting all the partitions you have on it now)

Clean Install Windows 7

You then end up with a beautiful clean install using your entire new ssd for windows 7 and nothing else, your ssd is too small to have any other partitions.

And it will look like this. Ignore the unallocated space, that is used for over provisioning and a topic you should read up on, it`s good to have on a solid state drive. (But not even needed if you always keep plenty of free space.


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30 Jun 2016   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Post what version of Windows 7 you have a key for for the Lenovo and what bit version you want, either 32 or 64 and I/we will gladly post the Microsoft link that will let you download the iso file.

Simply entering your oem key at the Microsoft site will not work to download the iso file.
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