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Windows 7: Problem Swapping Out an HDD with an SSD

05 Dec 2016   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Glad to hear you got it figured out, nice work
Thanks, David, although it was more like dumb luck that I finally figured it out.

Also, thanks to all of you who replied! I appreciated the comments.


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05 Dec 2016   #12
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

I am in awe of your patience. I am typically consistently successful using clones/images to "recover" or "restore" from a drive failure to a new drive of the same size and type. But when replacing drives of different sizes and/or types, it seems something almost always goes wrong (at least with boot drives) for me.

For this reason when I have upgraded to SSDs, I generally just perform a fresh install of the OS, then copy all my personal data and programs over to the new drive. Yes, I have to get those programs registered into the Registry, but this is not really that hard and it gives me the opportunity to ensure I have the latest versions and I can cull out programs I have not used.

Anyway, thanks for posting your solution.
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05 Dec 2016   #13
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, Itaregid! You wouldn't think I was so patient if you heard the screaming I was doing while fighting this miserable, misbegotten fiasco; it was more like desperation. Thank God I was messing around with only a data drive! So far, it's working just fine and it took only a hair over 1 hour 18 minutes to populate the first backup drive instead of the 3-4 hours it would have taken for HDDs if I had cloned it, more using FreeFileSync (I love SSDs!). Future updates to the backups will average only a couple of minutes (and, once I get my new machine built, I'll be able to update backups for three drives at the same time).
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05 Dec 2016   #14
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Well, the blasted misbegotten piece of sorry junk E: drive dropped out while I was transferring data to the F: SSD and I can't get the miserable thing back! Samsung Magician and Speccy can see it but disk management cannot. This crap is driving me out of my mind!

I pulled the SSDs and put the HDDs back for now.
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06 Dec 2016   #15
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Can you attach the SSD to a different PC to see if it has the same problem(s) ?

Did you check if you have the latest bios and drivers such as chipset driver, Intel storage controller (or whatever your MB uses) ?
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06 Dec 2016   #16
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Can you attach the SSD to a different PC to see if it has the same problem(s) ?

Did you check if you have the latest bios and drivers such as chipset driver, Intel storage controller (or whatever your MB uses) ?
I just tried it on one of my notebooks, using a USB 3.0 cable, and it finally showed up in Disk management but as unallocated. I'm beginning to think the drive itself is bad, even though the SMART readings and Magician say it'd good) because I didn't have any trouble running backups on four other new drives. I'm currently using FreeFileSync to copy my E:HDD over to another recently purchased SSD and, if it behaves, the first one is going back to Newegg for a replacement.
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07 Dec 2016   #17
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Well, I was able to get my E: HDD copied over to the E: HDD. I temporarily changed the drive letter of the E: HDD so I wouldn't have to change the drive letter of SSD once the copying was done. I didn't install it at the time. I then did the F: and G: drives without problems last night. I waited until a little earlier this morning to swap out all three HDDs in the computer with the new SSDs and, so far, everything is doing fine. The E: SSD is the one I was going to use for H: but I reassigned it in case the first E: SSD was defective and was causing the dropouts. After I take a nap (I'm still a little behind on my sleep) I going to update the backups for E:, then start populating the backup SSDs for F: and G:
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07 Dec 2016   #18
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Update: It appears the first E: data SSD is the source of at least some of the problems. So far, nothing has crashed yet. The new E: drive SSD is chugging along quite nicely. I updated all four backups for it amazingly quickly; they are finished. It took longer for the computer to find a backup drive and index it after plugging it into the hot swap bay (mayhap ten seconds, way faster than an HDD!), then for me to open up FreeFileSync, select the correct profile, then click on the Synchronize button than it did to do the actual backup. I was able to do the entire process in under two minutes per drive! Assuming I do not run into any more problems (knock on wood, metal, my head, anything within sight and reach...), I'm really going to like this new setup for data storage.

Right now, the first backup of the F: drive SSD is done and the second one is about halfway done. It will take roughly two hours per backup for this initial populating of the backup SSDs, which beats the big, fat, holy, hairy heck out of backing up to and/or from HDDs (at least 6-8 hours). Subsequent backups will be much faster.

Keep your fingers, toes, eyes, whatever crossed for me.
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08 Dec 2016   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I finished populating the final backup drive in the wee hours o' the mornin' and did a reboot. so far, it's still chugging along. Keeping fingers, toes, legs, and eyes crossed.
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08 Dec 2016   #20
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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