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Windows 7: Cloning Desktop to Laptop didnt work. Stuck for answers..

2 Weeks Ago   #1
Ukdodger

Windows 7 home
 
 
Cloning Desktop to Laptop didnt work. Stuck for answers..

I've cloned my desktop PC to an SSD using a caddy. Cloning worked but when I put the cloned SSD into the laptop it starts to boot then crashes to a bluescreen with lots of numbers on it. No idea what they represent.

So punting around I've discovered that it isnt possible because the laptop has a different OS and possibly drivers than the PC.

Is there a way round this or am I stuck having to reinstall W7 on the laptop from new?

It's a Samsung RV510 laptop and I used both Macruim and Minitool to clone. The source drive was a 500gb SSD with 120gb used and the clone a 250gb blank SSD. Both with NFTS formatting. Thanks


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi UKDodger,

Clean install im afraid.
You are correct regarding the drivers, there are so many configurations that are likely incompatible, the major ones will be the chipset and graphics.

You might also have had a problem caused by cloning onto a smaller SSD, its irrelevant that only 120gb has been used.

Roy
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
Ukdodger

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Hi UKDodger,

Clean install im afraid.
You are correct regarding the drivers, there are so many configurations that are likely incompatible, the major ones will be the chipset and graphics.

You might also have had a problem caused by cloning onto a smaller SSD.

Roy
Bugger. Though so. Thanks Torch.
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

The other problem is have you got another legal copy of Windows?
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
Ukdodger

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
The other problem is have you got another legal copy of Windows?
Yep.
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2 Weeks Ago   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

One other thing to check, before proceeding, Are the windows 7 drivers available for the laptop, if this is a laptop that shipped with Windows 7 then this should be possible, [I say should as some manufacturers cease to provide drivers for an OS that they no longer ship]. If this laptop is a potential downgrade from Windows 10 [or Windows 8.x] then this may be difficult as Windows 7 is not compatible with some current hardware
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2 Weeks Ago   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Moving windows to new hardware often requires the use of "adjust to new hardware" modules - available in various imaging programs.

Unless the machine is very recent (e.g. some now don't have csm ) , the use of such a module is very quick and easy and should work fine.

There is tutorial with a link to a bootable program that does it.
Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap


There is also the much more recent O&O DiskImage pro11 - currently available free, which does it.

O&O diskImage 11 Pro is stiill available on free giveaway
register here
Registrieren Sie sich hier fur Ihre kostenlose Vollversion von O&O DiskImage 11
They send an email, click the link in that email, and they send your license
Download the program in ENGLISH :
Download Archive
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1 Week Ago   #8
Ukdodger

Windows 7 home
 
 

Thanks for the replies. The laptop did come with wndows 7 Barman but I bought it second hand. I dont know what the previous owner did.

If this isnt possible how would you transfer all your stuff if your PC or laptop gave up and you were forced to buy a new machine. It seems a bit of an oversight if it's not. There are videos on youtube with people showing how to do it but frankly I dont understand them.

Thanks for those links SIW2 I'll give them a try.
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1 Week Ago   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Most people these days would treat each new system, (laptop or Desktop), as a clean slate - although windows installations are a lot more stable than the likes of XP were they still build up an amount of junk over time, and so benefit from a clean install.

What I have done in the past, at home, is to do a fresh install and then load the essentials, (which varies on different usage devices), I then load additional applications and tools only when I need to. [The fact that most installers are available online and modern access speeds are much better, means that installing is not too much trouble. This method removes all the fragments and leftovers from the older install, Data is always available as all my systems are networked, (I also run a central Network storage)

In commercial installs there is normally a policy of using system images of standard installs, (you may need a range of images to match batches of devices, [although Windows 10 is much better than any previous versions for finding drivers from the net during install/first run]
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1 Week Ago   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ukdodger View Post

Thanks for those links SIW2 I'll give them a try.
If you are using O&O diskimage:
a) get your free license key
b) Install the program and register the license
c) Get the program to create bootable media

Boot the media on the machine with the transplanted hard drive.

When the O&O boot media has booted up, Click Tools > Change Computer Properties

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Click the ... box to Browse to the Windows folder on the transplanted hard drive, click Load, and tick the 4 boxes as below

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Click Change


That's it.


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