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Windows 7: Looking for Help with a SSD install

11 May 2011   #1
Papalarge

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Looking for Help with a SSD install

Hi Guys
I am Upgrading to a SSD drive (64gb) for my OS.
This is what I have now;
  • 1.5tb SATA II Hard drive
  • P6T SE Asus Motherboard
  • 6gb of Corsair memory
  • 1000w Corsair PSU
  • Intel 975i7 extreme CPU
  • ATI Visiontek 4870 video card (upgrading to MSI GTX580)
  • Windows 7, 64bit Cyberpower recovery disk.
  • 2 old external Hard drives 1-300gb (has data on it) and a old hard drive 320gb that I am going to put in a case to use as a external hard drive for the system image.
This what I think I can do
1. Re-format the 320 hard drive (SATA).
2. Create a system image from Windows 7 on the old 320gb drive. I did a re-install of windows 7 last weekend, so at this point I have 54gb on the 1.5tb drive (I didn’t re-format the this drive). At this point I have a couple of questions.
a. I only have a few programs installed. I want the SSD for my OS, what other programs will be on the SSD and can I have my program files on the 1.5tb drive.
b. When I make the system image will I be able to choose which programs go on the drive?
c. Or is there a way of installing the OS from the recovery disk?
d. Will I be able to have my program file on the 1.5tb drive?
e. Since the SSD will have my OS on it can I change the letter from “C” drive to a different to stop any other programs from being installed on the SSD and taking up space?
3. Now at this point it gets a little sketchy, how do I get the OS on the SSD and what have I left out? I am still a novice (obviously).


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11 May 2011   #2
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Have a look at this post - Show us your SSD performance

Pay attention to this line....

Quote:
Now if you want to make your life easy, spend $19.95 for this program: Paragon Migrate OS to SSD - Overview It does everything for you and you are done in 20 minutes. It is very easy to use - I tested it, worked perfectly.
My approval - Show us your SSD performance

Good luck
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11 May 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

See the imaging option here: SSD - Install and transfer the Operating System

I would first create another partition to link your User folders into, thus removing them from the Win7 partition and image: User Profile - Change Default Location or User Folders - Change Default Location

Now clean up the Win7 partition and defrag before capturing the image with Acronis free premium cloning/imaging app if you have a WD or Seagate HD, or free Macrium Reflect. You can't use Win7 imaging as it will force you to include the User folders partition which are viewed as System files.
Seagate Acronis cloning free util
WD Acronis free cloning app
Macrium - Image your system

It is not recommended to move the Programs to another partition since they write keys to the Registry which integrate them into the OS and should remain a part of it's image.

However if you need space you can consider uninstalling some or all programs then direct their install to another partition by default with this registry edit: https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-installs.html
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11 May 2011   #4
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

After you do the imaging of your new drive, be sure to check the alignment. If your alignment is off you will need the Paragon Alignment software that Sygnus21 referred to or you will have to do a clean install.
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11 May 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What you are trying to do will not work for a number of reasons. Follow the advice of Sygnus and use the Paragon migration tool - will save you a lot of headaches. But if you want to educate yourself, read this: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

But if you insist to do it manually, I will be glad to help and assist you. It will be lengthy.
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11 May 2011   #6
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
If your alignment is off you will need the Paragon Alignment software that Sygnus21 referred to or you will have to do a clean install.
Hi essenbe,

Appreciate the reference but it's actually this.... Paragon Migrate OS to SSD

Quote:
Ready to upgrade to a new Solid State Drive (SSD)? Paragon’s Migrate OS to SSD is just what you need. Our handy intuitive wizard performs fast and safe Windows migrations to new storage devices (HDD or SSD) and even downsizes to smaller capacity drives, thanks to advanced new data exclusion capabilities. You can transfer a live system with no impact to your work, and have your partitions automatically aligned in the process if needed.
And yes, it'll also automatically align the drive as well

I used it as designed and had absolutely no problems, performance or otherwise. The whole process took less than 20 minutes.
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11 May 2011   #7
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Sygnus21, I may have to get it. I did a secure erase and reimaged it with acronis. It worked perfect except the offset was 83. I had to start over again and do a clean install.
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11 May 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Sygnus21, I may have to get it. I did a secure erase and reimaged it with acronis. It worked perfect except the offset was 83. I had to start over again and do a clean install.
Paragon Alignment Tool - Das Produkt

Sorry, here is the English version: http://www.paragon-software.com/home...ent/index.html
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11 May 2011   #9
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Thanks WHS, that's what I wish I had, but didn't. I ended up doing things the old fashioned way- which I am quite used to.
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11 May 2011   #10
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

To clarify....

The Paragon Migrate OS to SSD is what I used when I first set up my SSD as suggested by whs. In addition to migrating the OS from a spinner to SSD drive, it will also automatically align the SSD drive.

The Paragon Paragon Alignment Tool can be used to align hard drives even after you install the OS. I have used this tool as well and will say it also aligns mechanical drives as well. Nice tool to have.
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