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

28 Mar 2011   #50
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There is a completely free version - works really well.

Paragon Backup & Recovery (Advanced) Free Edition - Free Download

If you look under the settings tab - you can select the alignment type - choose Vista or later - that will give the 1024 alignment.

Install it on your HD - make an image - then from the installed version you already - restore the image to the SSD.

It is possible to restore a Paragon image to a smaller drive - but it takes a while.

Better to shrink the source partition before making the image. Seems you have already done that.


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28 Mar 2011   #51
utee05

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the link. Here are the steps I will take to hopefully get things to work.

1)Re-install old HD drive and install Paragon app.
2) Create an image of old HD drive, check alignment box, and place the image onto another internal HD drive (Drive D)
3) Format SSD and perform clean install of Win7 onto SSD
4) Once Win7 is installed and logged in, I will install Paragon App.
5) Use Paragon App to recover the image and copy it onto SSD.
6) Cross fingers and how it works and boots up

Does this sound correct?
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28 Mar 2011   #52
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not sure why you want to do all that.

You only need to do this:

1)Re-install old HD drive and install Paragon app.
2) Create an image of old HD drive, check alignment box, and place the image onto another internal HD drive (Drive D)
3) Use Paragon App to recover the image and restore it onto SSD.

I don't know why you want to install win 7 and then paragon onto the SSD before restoring the image.

Just restore the image to it.

I assume you want to use the SDD as first drive in boot order?

In that case, the System partition should be on there.

If you have a 100mb System partition on the old HD - you can image and restore that at the same time.

If the 7 installation on your old HD has no 100 mb thing - and is itself the System partition - then you only need to make and restore an image of the windows 7 partition.
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28 Mar 2011   #53
utee05

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I do not think my old HD has a 100mb system partition. I do have 2 partitions on the old HD as it was previously 250 gb and I shrunk the OS image to 60gb and used the remaining data to create another partition.

You are correct in that I want to use my SSD as first in the boot drive and then be able to use that with the other internal drives I have with data. I will use your method and things should be good, hopefully. This will at least save me some steps and time.

One quick question, should I reformet my SSD before using the Paragon App to recover the image and restore it onto the SSD?
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28 Mar 2011   #54
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I assume then that the 60gb partition you are about to image is the System partition - is it the Active partition?

If so , you are good to go.

Restoring an image to an existing partition will delete and then recreate it anyway - no need to reformat - just restore the Paragon image to it.

Paragon will update all the bcd stores it finds - so there will also be a new boot menu entry on your current boot menu pointing at the SSD. That might be useful in future - you never know.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Mar 2011   #55
utee05

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Yup, it is the active system partition that I am going to image.

Will update on my progress tonight after I have a chance to work on the image restore at home.

Thanks for all of your help!

UPDATE: Things never go smoothly for me, just my luck. I installed my old HD that I wanted to create the image from but now it does not want to boot. I get a BSOD and then I go through the startup repair and nothing. I'm still working on this and hopefully I'll figure something out. Will update once I make some sort of progress. Going to be a long night. I did a BootRec/ScanOS and nothing came up for an OS. Not sure what the deal is any ideas?

UPDATE2: Well looks like I'm just going to go with the clean install route. I was not able to reboot using my old HD. I even re-installed the old image onto the HD and ran through startup repair a couple of times and no luck. Thanks for all of your help. I did learn a lot.
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