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Windows 7: Restoring an image from HDD to new SSD

13 Aug 2010   #11

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


A piece of cake then.

First, make yourself a System Repair Disk.

2nd, Use Windows 7 Backup & Restore to make a system image. Be sure to include all of the drives. I'll check but I think the tutorial we have on this covers this point.
Remember you are backing up to an external USB drive.

Insert the System Repair Disc.

Shutdown your computer.

IF a) your computer is not set to boot first from CD/DVD OR you can not one-time boot first from CD/DVD by using F12 to change the boot order,
During PowerUp, hit F2 to get into the bios to change boot order to boot first from CD/DVD.
Shutdown your computer.

Remove the old drive.

Install the new drive.

Powerup and bootup to the CD/DVD.

Choose to restore from a system image and select the system image you made.

After the restore and Win 7 running again, you may be asked to activate again. No problem. I've never had to call MS. Just had to go thru the activation procedure again.

Here are some notes I have on the procedure.

START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button
START | type Backup your computer | Enter key
In left-hand pane, select Create a System Image
select where you want to save the backup | Next
Select the drives you want to backup | Next
Start Backup button
Finish button after completion

Boot from the System Repair CD you created.
Connect the external drive with the backup image
NEXT button (change language if desired)
Restore your computer using a system image
that you created earlier radio button
NEXT button
Use the latest available system image radio button
NEXT button
Format and repartition discs checkbox
NEXT button
FINISH button
YES button
Yes, you can use the Create & Restore steps listed above when you want to replace your hard disk with one of same or larger size.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)

Thanks for the guide Karlsnooks, great stuff.

I've been researching SSD alignment...Do you know if the image restore process will default to the alignment on the source HDD image, or if it will automatically create a new partition with the proper alignment to suit the SSD? I know the Win 7 install (fresh) automatically sets the proper alignment, I'm just not clear if the image restore process does.

FYI, I'm comfortable with using Diskpart to manually partition/format the new SSD, then initiate the restore process, but I've got a feeling it just won't matter and the current alignment on the source HDD image will override anything I do.

Can you verify?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2010   #13

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

In the words of that ancient philosopher--Thou shallt sweat it not.

All will happen correctly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Aug 2010   #14

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
...All will happen correctly.
I agree with Karl. Even if it doesn't, what have you got to lose?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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