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

25 Jan 2011   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, if you already have Win7 on the SSD from the original installation, then there should be no problem pulling an image back in. No idea what the Acronis problem could be. I have never seen anything comparable, but I use Macrium.


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25 Jan 2011   #21
apizz

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I don't know why, but this has become a HUGE problem and I can't figure out why everything seems to be causing me problems . . .

OK, so I installed my SSD and set it to priority #1 in the bios. The SSD is a 256GB crucial with the most up-to-date firmware and connected via SATAIII for 6 Gps/sec speeds. I installed windows 7 as a custom install no problem and installed all windows updates as well as drivers for motherboard, graphics, card, etc. I unplugged the sata cable from my hdd because I did't want to erase it for fear of screwing something up. When I booted back up into windows on my ssd I marked the partition as active. I had to perform two startup repairs to get my ssd to boot, but it did no problem. I installed Acronis and rebooted to complete the install.

Here's where I start to have issues. Not only is windows (booted from my ssd) unable to see my backup hard drive which contains my old hdd image made with Acronis, but Acronis won't allow me to activate startup recovery manager because it says the "selected hard disk is not available at boot time." To make matters worse when I access Diskpart through cmd it shows my SSD as Disk 0 with 0 bytes free when the OS says I have 210GB free and actually shows my backup hard drive as Disk 1 . . .

I know this is a lot, but I'm literally doing everything step by step (apart from erasing my hdd) for this tutorial and having no luck getting to a point where I can even recover my backup to my ssd. Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong or not doing? All help is greatly appreciated!
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25 Jan 2011   #22
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Can you post screenshots of what you are describing?


I have just looked at this tut - not clear to me why you should install 7 on the ssd before restoring an image.

If you partition the ssd using Vista\7 dismk management, it will be correctly aligned.

No need as far as I can see to install to it after - just restore your image.

Not too familiar with Acronis as I find it bloated and inefficient ( tho. oddly, the pe plugin seems pretty good in that respect )
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25 Jan 2011   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

A few questions:

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The SSD is a 256GB crucial with the most up-to-date firmware and connected via SATAIII for 6 Gps/sec speeds.
Does that mean it is attached at an external Sata3 port?

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I had to perform two startup repairs to get my ssd to boot,
Is this because you wanted to move the bootmgr from the 100MB active partition to the OS partition?

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Not only is windows (booted from my ssd) unable to see my backup hard drive which contains my old hdd image made with Acronis, but Acronis won't allow me to activate startup recovery manager because it says the "selected hard disk is not available at boot time
How is your backup hard drive attached. Is it a normal internal HDD or is it an external disk maybe on a Sata3 port.
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To make matters worse when I access Diskpart through cmd it shows my SSD as Disk 0 with 0 bytes free when the OS says I have 210GB free and actually shows my backup hard drive as Disk 1 . . .

This I would discard for the time being. It may have to do with the Sata3 attachment - not sure though.


PS: as SIW2 says, a snip of Disk Management will really help.
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25 Jan 2011   #24
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try uninstalling Acronis , reboot - see if windows is happy now.
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25 Jan 2011   #25
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you partition the ssd using Vista\7 dismk management, it will be correctly aligned.
Are you saying it must be the Windows partitioning tool?
If so what's so special about it as opposed to say Partition Wizard.
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25 Jan 2011   #26
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Can you post screenshots of what you are describing?


I have just looked at this tut - not clear to me why you should install 7 on the ssd before restoring an image.

If you partition the ssd using Vista\7 dismk management, it will be correctly aligned.

No need as far as I can see to install to it after - just restore your image.

Not too familiar with Acronis as I find it bloated and inefficient ( tho. oddly, the pe plugin seems pretty good in that respect )
I found Acronis to complicated, Paragon on the other hand is easy !
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25 Jan 2011   #27
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, Paragon make great products.
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25 Jan 2011   #28
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you partition the ssd using Vista\7 dismk management, it will be correctly aligned.
Are you saying it must be the Windows partitioning tool?
If so what's so special about it as opposed to say Partition Wizard.
We'll take it that any reputable partitioning tool will work.
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25 Jan 2011   #29
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ciara View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Can you post screenshots of what you are describing?


I have just looked at this tut - not clear to me why you should install 7 on the ssd before restoring an image.

If you partition the ssd using Vista\7 dismk management, it will be correctly aligned.

No need as far as I can see to install to it after - just restore your image.

Not too familiar with Acronis as I find it bloated and inefficient ( tho. oddly, the pe plugin seems pretty good in that respect )
I found Acronis to complicated, Paragon on the other hand is easy !
I've tried most of the imaging software out there and I'd rate Paragon as having one of the most complicated user interfaces I've seen.
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