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Windows 7: Partition Image - Restore from a HDD to a SSD

01 Apr 2010   #10
Kari

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Very good tutorial. Thanks for making it.

Kari


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24 Jan 2011   #11
apizz

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Do I have to use Acronis? Having issues . . .

I've had this tutorial in a tab for a while now waiting till I got the cash to buy an SSD, but now that I have one I realized accidentally downloaded Acronis True Image Home 2011 more than 30 days ago and now that I'm trying to have it restore my system image from my hdd it says the trial version is expired . . .

To make matters worse, while I was able to install Acronis on my ssd, I wasn't able to activate the startup recovery on it because for whatever reason it encountered errors writing to various sectors (I don't know if this is a bigger problem . . .)

My question is if I can't use Acronis for my system image restore from my hdd to my new ssd, can I just use Windows backup/restore and retain my alignment from my fresh Windows 7 install? Or does Acronis do something special that Windows backup doesn't and therefore will force me to buy the software? Thanks so much for the help
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24 Jan 2011   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just uninstall Acronis and use another imaging program. There is nothing special to Acronis. I recommend free Macrium or Free Paragon. The native Windows7 imaging is liable to give you grief. It is very iffy, complex, has little function and unreliable.
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25 Jan 2011   #13
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I use Paragon Free, works brilliant for complete OS and system backup
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25 Jan 2011   #14
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

You can get free versions of Acronis if you have a Seagate, Maxtor or Western Digital HDD.

Been using them for years, they work great.
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25 Jan 2011   #15
apizz

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks. Somehow I got Acronis working and have successfully backed up my old hdd to an external hard drive. The problem I'm having now is that Acronis doesn't see my ssd as a drive that can be recovered to.

Acronis is booting at startup from my ssd (is primary and active drive)
I haven't erased my original hdd cuz I'm afraid of losing all my gaming data
I'm choosing to recover a whole disk/partition and the size is small enough to fit on my 256GB ssd, but the ssd isn't being shown at all.

Any ideas? The ssd is booting fine into windows and can see my old windows hdd. Any ideas of what I'm doing wrong here?
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25 Jan 2011   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you align the SSD and define an active partition on it? SSD Alignment
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25 Jan 2011   #17
apizz

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I thought Windows 7 would automatically align the ssd partition with a fresh install. Oops. Thanks for the link. I'll see if this fixes my issue later today
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25 Jan 2011   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by apizz View Post
I thought Windows 7 would automatically align the ssd partition with a fresh install. Oops. Thanks for the link. I'll see if this fixes my issue later today
As I understand it, you are not installing Win7 from the installation disk but copy it from an image. That is a very different situation.
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25 Jan 2011   #19
apizz

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I was following the instructions of this forum by installing windows 7 on my ssd and then trying to recover the image of my windows backup I created with Acronis . . .
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