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Windows 7: Installing mSATA SSD as my boot drive

22 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Installing mSATA SSD as my boot drive

I'm thinking of installing a mSATA SSD as the boot drive on my MSI GE60 0NC-498US. I'm reasonably confident that it has the capability to install a SSD (It has a PCIe Slot labeled SSD and is about the right side for one). I'm planning to clone my HDD (Current hard drive) onto it and use it as the boot drive, but looking through the disk manager gives me 2 "mysterious" boot manager/configuration partition stubs (Or I think that's what they are?).
I'm wondering:
1) Will Macrium Reflect Free(Or any other disk cloning tool? I have Macrium installed.) will copy them over (I can't select the stubs?)
2) Will this cause any issues?
3) If possible, any tips or a guide on how to set up the SSD as my boot drive, etc.
4) Any alternatives ? Preferably with as little loss of data as possible, and not having to reinstall windows? I'm not sure if I can even reinstall windows properly, being an OEM and all.

Attached is a screenshot of the disk manager. My guess is that the smaller one is the boot config partition stub thing and the larger one is some sort of windows recovery partition? (I had a data partition instead of what seems to be the standard D:\ recovery partition from OEMs?

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22 May 2013   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hiyya Zenith Look mate I can't say too much about your set up as you don't state the GB size of the new drive but personally I have had problems cloning from large drives to small drives in the past.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Oh.. Size isn't really a problem. My total data on my computer is less than the mSATA SSD's capacity. (New computer and all)
But probably going to be either 120 or 250 GB
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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