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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

11 Mar 2011   #489
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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28 Apr 2013   #490
EM2

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Well I installed vista on it no problems. Reformatted it and gave it another shot and it worked. I don't know what happened, but I'm happy its working now. Thanks for the help.

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06 Jul 2013   #491
Xero124

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi, I'm having trouble in following the tutorial. I'm at the point where I have to move the 100MB active boot partition and I'm pretty much lost there, so I skipped to the commands to type in:

Alternatively and easier is if you first create the 100MB partition with these commands:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary size=100 align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit
and by the time I get to "Format fs=ntfs quick" it says Virtual Disk Service Error: The volume is not online. So I ignore this and continue following the tutorial, I type "Active" and get There is no partition selected.

Please help me here, I'm completely lost. Thanks
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06 Jul 2013   #492
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Xero124 View Post
Hi, I'm having trouble in following the tutorial. I'm at the point where I have to move the 100MB active boot partition and I'm pretty much lost there, so I skipped to the commands to type in:

Alternatively and easier is if you first create the 100MB partition with these commands:


Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary size=100 align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit





and by the time I get to "Format fs=ntfs quick" it says Virtual Disk Service Error: The volume is not online. So I ignore this and continue following the tutorial, I type "Active" and get There is no partition selected.

Please help me here, I'm completely lost. Thanks
Xero is this a new SSD? or an old one being reused?
If it is a new one then it should run as per that tutorial.
Try again mate and make sure the spelling is right command prompt is very fussy.
If that doesn't work you might try a scannow and a disk check

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
Disk Check
If it is an old drive how old and you might use Parted Magic secure erase to get it back to new as it were. downloads
You need to make a bootable disk and then follow the instructions to erase the disk.
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07 Jul 2013   #493
Xero124

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi ICit2lol, yep this is a new ssd. I'm tempted to just do a clean install of Win 7 though, rather than copy the os across. It's a little easier
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07 Jul 2013   #494
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Suggest you skip the formatting commands and just drag the the partitions from the image to the SSD during the recovery steps.
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07 Jul 2013   #495
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

This is THE man Xero so go with WHS mate you are in good hands
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07 Jul 2013   #496
Xero124

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Oh right ok I'll do that then. Thanks guys.
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07 Jul 2013   #497
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

@Xero124
If it was me I wouldn't be happy until I found the root cause of the problem. You may have a dud SSD.
Before going through the effort of installing all your software I'd attempt to see if "Disk Management" allows you to set the SSD online then do a format primary NTFS. Assign a drive letter and see if the SSD is usable.
Then try the command line sequence again.
You can also use Partition Wizard Bootable CD to have a look at the SSD.
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07 Jul 2013   #498
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
@Xero124
If it was me I wouldn't be happy until I found the root cause of the problem. You may have a dud SSD.
Before going through the effort of installing all your software I'd attempt to see if "Disk Management" allows you to set the SSD online then do a format primary NTFS. Assign a drive letter and see if the SSD is usable.
Then try the command line sequence again.
You can also use Partition Wizard Bootable CD to have a look at the SSD.
I'll second that MJF that app is pure gold to me, I use it all the time for many tasks.
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15 Jul 2013   #499
Johnson97

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
skip the image?

Hi Whs:

Thank you for the detailed guide.

Reading through it to prepare for a geeky laptop transfer in the next few weeks, I thought of a simple question - hopefully not too silly. After creating an MBR on the SSD, and setting up the partitions, checking alignment, for example with partitionwizard, why use a separate program to first create an image to copy the HDD partition containing the system to the SSD? Why not just copy it directly from the HDD to the SSD?

Since your guide was originally written there are new versions of partitionwizard. It now has a copy partition function - I don't know if it had that when you wrote your guide - would that do the copying job?

[Partitionwizard is not showing any separate 100MB partition in this case.]
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