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Windows 7: Recovery and OEM Partition didn't clone?

02 Feb 2019   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Recovery and OEM Partition didn't clone?

So I finally broke down and bought an SSD to use as my boot drive, and after looking at reviews, I settled on a Samsung 860 EVO 500GB. I used Samsung's Migration software (which was really fast surprisingly, even though I only had to clone about 200 GB) and the reboot worked flawlessly.

When I went to format my old HDD, I realized the once hidden Recovery (DELL) and OEM Partitions were now visible and, you guessed it, still on my old drive! After reading the manual on the Migration Tool, of course I now see that Samsung warns that it doesn't clone recovery/system reserve partitions.

So my questions are:

Is there anyway to move the Recovery and OEM Partitions over to my new SSD? Without doing a clean install of Windows 7?

Could I just keep the Recovery and OEM Partitions on the old HDD, and use them to recover Windows - even though the OS is longer attached to the drive?

Thank you for any help!

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03 Feb 2019   #2

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone

Hello, and welcome to Seven Forums

I am afraid the Samsung Migration software does not copy the OEM partition. You can create a System Repair Disk for Emergencies, if you are happy with that. Of course you can clone your SSD and use that to restore your computer.

Alternatively people have been using Aomei Backupper or Acronis True Image to migrate the OEM partition with the System Image.
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03 Feb 2019   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the reply!

So - could I potentially use True Image or Backupper to move the OEM and Recovery partitions to my new C Drive, even though its already partitioned and has the OS on it?

If not, I will probably just create a System Repair Disk.
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03 Feb 2019   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I had similar problems with Samsung's Migration Tool. It doesn't seem to be able to copy more than two partitions. I've since done the magration from HDD to SSD several times using Macrium Reflect Free (use this version; I saw a report of the latest version causing BSODs Download Macrium Reflect Free (64bit) 7.1.3317 for windows - ).
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06 Feb 2019   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Funnily enough, I intended on using Macrium Reflect before realizing Samsung had its own Cloning software. Thought it would be best to use the company's own product for their SSD, but I guess not haha.

Thanks for your reply!
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06 Feb 2019   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

There are plenty of 3rd party imaging cloning tools with free versions. Aomei, macrium, Easeus, paragon, etc

They are still doing O&O DiskImage Pro 11 ( usually not free - but is on giveaway ). It is good for advanced users - lots of options and functions.

If you are looking for something simple to operate, I suggest Aomei Standard (free) edition
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