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


Partition Image - Restore from a HDD to a SSD

How to Restore a Partition Image From a HDD to a SSD
Published by tw33k
31 Mar 2010
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information   Information
Searching the Web on this topic showed me, time after time, pages and pages of negative results. I tried it anyway and it worked, 1st time!


Note   Note
I used Acronis True Image Home 2010 so I am not sure if other programs will work.


warning   Warning
This process will delete all data from the partition Windows was previously installed on




Here's How:

1. Install the SSD

2. Boot up and enter the BIOS to make sure the drive is detected

3. If the SSD is seen in the BIOS, set it to #1 in the hard drive priorty

4. Install Windows to the SSD as a Custom Installation (from Step 2)

5. Once Windows has successfully installed, enter Control Panel,
AdministrativeTools, Computer Management, Disk Management. Right click
the SSD (it should be c: ) and Mark Partition as Active". Click OK at
the warning/s

6. Delete the old partiton that Windows was installed on and reformat

7. Reboot to your Windows installation media (disk or flash drive)

8. Perform a Startup Repair (You may need to do this a few times before
Windows will boot)

9. Once in Windows, install Acronis True Image Home 2010

10. Start Acronis and Activate Startup Recovery Tool (F11)

11. Reboot

12. Press F11 when prompted

13. Select Acronis True Image Home 2010

14. Select Restore

15. Choose the image you created most recently. Do not select the option to restore the MBR

16. Restore the image to your c: drive

17. When complete reboot

18. This is where I got nervous. Windows booted but hung. A hard reset
was needed. Upon restart I got a message that chkdsk needed to run. Allow it
to run.

19. Reboot and enjoy!



Tip   Tip
Check that Windows has disabled Auto Degfrag by right-clicking the drive, select Properties, Tools and Defragment Now. When you click Configure Schedule and then Select Disks, your SSD should not appear. If it does, however, simply un-tick it

To ensure prefetching and Superfetch are disabled you'll need to enter the registry and check these entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\MemoryManagement\PrefetchParamaters

Both EnablePrefetcher and EnableSuperfetch need to have a value of (0)






31 Mar 2010   #1
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for the info, well done!

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31 Mar 2010   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Thanks for the nice tutotial, pal. Getting a print of it right know
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31 Mar 2010   #3
whs

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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nice job, and the magic wand did edit it whilst you were asleep.
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31 Mar 2010   #4
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Thanks guys
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31 Mar 2010   #5
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Great information and very well done.
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31 Mar 2010   #6
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Nice tutorial

I've done this on HDDs, no SSD - yet , and not had problems.

You might consider adding a link for the free Acronis versions from Seagate / Maxtor, and Western Digital. You must have one of their HDs in your system to use it.

Seagate DiscWizard

Maxtor MaxBlast 5

Western Digital: Acronis True Image WD Edition Software

I would be surprised if this didn't work with Macrium Reflect and Paragon, both have free versions.
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31 Mar 2010   #7
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I would be surprised if this didn't work with Macrium Reflect and Paragon, both have free versions.
Provided the target partitions are equal or larger in size, it should work. But they cannot "shrink" images. And for SSDs, you have to predefine the partition with the proper alignment.
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01 Apr 2010   #8
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Macrium Reflect will restore to different sized partitions .

Paragon also.

Previous versions wouldn't do this, but the new ones will.
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01 Apr 2010   #9
whs

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Macrium Reflect will restore to different sized partitions .

Paragon also.

Previous versions wouldn't do this, but the new ones will.
For Macrium, "Disk Space Management" comes only with the paid edition.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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