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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System


11 Mar 2011   #419
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

How to Physically Install a SSD and Transfer the Operating System


Introduction

If you never owned an SSD, you have missed something. Yes, they are not cheap, but Dollar per Dollar there...


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23 Feb 2013   #420
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

As WHS says it is up to you. I have system reserved on 2 PCs and no system reserved on a 3rd. It doesn't matter and my decision was quite whimsical since I don't use bitlocker.
Before you assume "MS know best" the system reserved at 100MB was not a good choice. Mine are 200MB for good reason. If you use Windows inbuilt imaging and a 100MB system reserved some users have run into trouble (shadow storage copy issues)
Backup Error 0x81000019 - Fix


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25 Feb 2013   #421
Expansion

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I don't use the Reserved Partition and have no trouble. As for MS having a good reason, they are the people who brought us Windows ME, IE7, and Win 8.

Macrium has the option to verify an image too, bit by bit. Better than the XPired ideas with DOS.
Ok, I have decided to go with Macrium.

Can you guide me on how to proceed?
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25 Feb 2013   #422
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Expansion View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I don't use the Reserved Partition and have no trouble. As for MS having a good reason, they are the people who brought us Windows ME, IE7, and Win 8.

Macrium has the option to verify an image too, bit by bit. Better than the XPired ideas with DOS.
Ok, I have decided to go with Macrium.

Can you guide me on how to proceed?
Start with this tutorial: Imaging with free Macrium

If you have questions, let us know.
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24 Mar 2013   #423
COMPUTIAC

Windows 8.1.1 64bit
 
 

Used Paragon Migrate OS to SSD;
How do I turn off Hibernate ?
The Windows 7 is still on the HDD, should I just wipe it ?

Any advice ?
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24 Mar 2013   #424
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by COMPUTIAC View Post
Used Paragon Migrate OS to SSD;
How do I turn off Hibernate ?
The Windows 7 is still on the HDD, should I just wipe it ?

Any advice ?
The command to get rid of the hibernation file is powercfg -h off

If the SSD system works well, you can get rid of the OS on the HDD - just reformat the partition and also the 100MB system partition (if any). But make first sure that the SSD does not depend on it. Post a screenshot of your Disk Management. Use the space to make images from the SSD.
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24 Mar 2013   #425
COMPUTIAC

Windows 8.1.1 64bit
 
 

WHS, thank's for the quick reply.
Where do I use the command ?
I don't see how the SSD is dependant on it as the HHD is disconnected now.
I use a external HDD for back-ups if this is what you are reffering to.
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24 Mar 2013   #426
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The SSD looks OK. No need for the system on the HDD any more

The command is for Command Prompt. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > right click on Command Prompt > Run as Admin. Then you get a small black window where you can enter the powercfg command. Then press Enter.
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24 Mar 2013   #427
COMPUTIAC

Windows 8.1.1 64bit
 
 

WHS, command did its job.

I can do a quick format on the HDD ?
Is there any part of the OS I should transfer to the HDD ?
Maybe not the OS itself but some user folders ?
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24 Mar 2013   #428
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

quick format will work. Saving some user data will be a start as a backup.
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24 Mar 2013   #429
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I always keep my user folders on the HDDs. Do the following:

1. On the HDD, define folders for Documents, Music, Videos, Music
2. Right click on those folders and INCLUDE them into the approriate library
3. Copy your own folders (not the main folders like My Documents) to these folders on the HDD
4. Done - in the future, move your stuff always into the HDD folders
5. The main folders on the SSD will be used by some programs (especially the Documents folder). That's why they have to stay there. But the amount of data that those programs put into there is minimal.

PS, keep all OS files on the SSD. And as Gary says, always use quick format.
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