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Windows 7: SSD upgrade Problem "the selected GPT formatted disk contains ...."

09 Jan 2015   #11

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Here is an MS Technet article that says the Hibernation Partition is used for Intel Rapid Start Technology.
Need to create Hibernation partition in MDT2012

Guess this means it isn't used for Windows Hibernate ?

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09 Jan 2015   #12

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You could put your old SSD back into the laptop just to see how the original partition structure was set up.
Post a screenshot of that disk here so everyone can see it. (please expand the Disk Management window so all of the information can be seen).

You could also check to see if that disk was MBR or GPT.
Hard Drive - GPT or MBR

It should not make any difference in day-to-day operation whether the disk is GPT or MBR, but I believe it is important that the source and destination disks be the same file system when the image is transferred. So that would be good to know.

Seeing the old SSD may shed some light on what is going on with the restored image on the new SSD.
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09 Jan 2015   #13


Thanks, David. This is really new so will read that and more on it asap.
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09 Jan 2015   #14

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IRST transfers the PC state from Windows S3 sleep to S4 Hibernate.
Intel states it resumes from this hibernate as fast as Wake from Sleep.

Intel Rapid Start Technology BIOS component transfers active memory pages from system DRAM to SSD after the system has been in Sleep mode (S3) for a preset period of time. Lastly, the hardware is transitioned to an S4 power state—enabling an OEM to deliver a zero power standby state —while the operating system remains in its Sleep mode.
During Intel Rapid Start Technology resume, the BIOS component executes based on a wake event such as a pressed power button or OEM-enabled HID (keyboard, mouse) activity. It quickly reads the memory snapshot stored on the SSD and populates the system DRAM with previously saved active memory pages.
There is a PDF in that link with more info.

Deleting the Hibernation partition would mean this IRST feature won't work.
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09 Jan 2015   #15


Could it be meant for Windows 8 fast boot?

Doesn't that use hibernation to simulate fast boot?

Do we know S4 is even needed for 7? I don't remember it coming up before this.
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09 Jan 2015   #16

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S4 is Hibernate, S3 is Sleep.
Tutorial by Brink:
Sleep States - See Available Sleep States
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09 Jan 2015   #17


I was thinking of available power states in BIOS settings which only ever seems to go to S3, but still enables Hibernate. Perhaps I'm mistaken. I need to study HiberPartition deeper.
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09 Jan 2015   #18

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S4 should be listed in the report created by this Elevated CMD: powercfg -energy

Just ran a report on this PC
SSD upgrade Problem "the selected GPT formatted disk contains ...."-energyrpt.png

I believe I can only select S1 or S3 in BIOS on this PC.
It's been a while since I looked at this in BIOS.

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09 Jan 2015   #19
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I think in Windows 8.1, it does not let you delete the hiberfile. If you try the powercfg command, it comes back barking at it. But a hiberfile partition (which I have never seen before except for the pagefile in Linux), that is another story. I am sure Partition Wizard would delete it.
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09 Jan 2015   #20

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I just turned off Hibernate on Win 8.1 and it deleted the hiberfil.sys without problems.
That is an old PC with Legacy BIOS.

I wonder if newer PCs with UEFI, IRST, Fast Boot ... work differently.
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