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Windows 7: Cloning Win7 to SSD

15 May 2010   #11

windows 7 32

think I'll the the fresh install/restore image method.

However, my disc image includes my old XP drive. Is that because its listed as 'system,active,primary'? If so, how do i get it to be just 'primary'?

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15 May 2010   #12

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

If you use Windows Backup And Restore, you can choose which partitions you backup. Backup only your Win 7 partitions.

When I think about it, I'm a little confused about what is where on your present disk.

Could you do us a favor and post a "snippet" of your disk management display?

You make a snippet using the Snipping Tool.

To run the Snipping Tool, WIN key | type Snipping | Enter key

To run the DiskManagement Tool, WIN key | type DISKMGMT.MSC | Enter key

In your next post, click on the "paper clip" in the top line of the reply message window and attach the .PNG file generated by the Snippping Tool.

There is a post on how to do all of this snipping and posting but I always forget what and where it is.

The snip will let us know with a good degree of certainty how your present hard disk is being utilized.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2010   #13

windows 7 32

The disk 0, first partition is the XP
disk 1, first partition is win7, the other partitions are empty(and backed up)

The system image includes the D: drive. Thats what I need to get rid of, right?

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15 May 2010   #14

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Yes, uncheck D:

This will then only backup your C:

Incidentally, nice and clear snippets.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2010   #15

windows 7 32

I cannot uncheck D. It's grayed out. Thats why I was wondering if I had to get rid of that partition for the image/backup, otherwise, it's included. Probably cuz its a 'system' drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2010   #16

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


Please run msconfig and make sure that under the boot tab it shows you booting from the Win7 partition.

That's just a safety check as that's what it should show.

On you system, is it possible, just for right now to disconnect the Disk which has XP on it? If so, then disconnect, do a reboot. You may need to reboot twice.

Now Backup and Restore should show only one "Active" drive.

If physical removal or disconnect not possible, then you can use Diskpart to declare the xp partition as Inactive.

If you follow the Diskpart approach, then first make your self a system repair disk. When you choose Control Panel | Backup and Restore then in the left-hand pane is an option to make a System Repair Disk. by all means, make yourself a system repair disk. A system repair disk can sure save you time and effort in many scenarios.

Now to use DiskPart to make a partition inactive:
go to a command prompt,
List Disk (will show disks on your system)
Select Disk 0 (here I've assumed that disk 0 has the XP partition)
Detail Disk (this will help you verify that you've selected the correct disk)
List Partition (this will list the partitions on the selected disk)
Select Partition 1 (this will be the XP partition)
Detail Partition (to help verify that you've got the correct partition)
Inactive (this will make the partition inactive)
Exit (to exit from diskpart)
Exit (to exit from the command prompt)

Reboot your computer and now run Backup and Restore
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2010   #17

windows 7 32

Karl... thanks for all the advice.

I'll be doing this all on Monday evening, so, I'll just mark this thread.

I'm leaning toward shutdown and disconnecting the drive,
make the image/backup.
shut down,
disconnect the current (win7) drive,
connect the ssd(disk 0),
load windows,
restore the image/backup.
reconnect the XP drive(disk 1)
Formatting the 1st partition to get rid of XP.
Shutdown and reconnect the other(former win7) drive(disk 2)

Sound about right?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2010   #18

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

About right. You're almost there.

Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from DVD/CD drive

After you have:
"make the image/backup"
insert the System Repair Disk you made into your optical dirve
"shut down"
"disconnect the current (win7) drive, "
"connect the ssd (disk 0)"
One of the options presented is to do a System Restore from a previous image (I'll run thru this again on my system and send the actual "click here", "choose this" to make sure that you get to the image restore)

This avoids the step of doing a fresh Windows install (your "load Windows" step).

After the restore and possibly an extra reboot, you will have your former Windows 7 on your SSD.

Actually your tempting me to run to Fry's to pick up a small SSD and do the same on my laptop, although I only have Win7 on my laptop. Current drive size is ~ 150 GB. I'll see what Fry's has at what price. I don't use most of the space on my harddrive (~ 122 GB not used).

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2010   #19

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Boot into 7, d/l this, rt click and run as admin on sispar.cmd. Select drive C, select N to including existing boot menu options. That's it.

After that, you can disconnect the XP drive.Or just change the bios boot order so the 7 drive is first .

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

The way I suggested is the most uncomplicated method to put an image from a HDD to an SSD. It took me about 1/2 hour and everything was restored perfectly from my HDD to my new SSD.
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