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Windows 7: how hard is it to "Move" install to another hdd?

28 Dec 2010   #31
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Just be aware that Windows diskpart "clean all" (secure erase) WILL NOT do a single partition on a HDD it will mark the entire HDD as unallocated space and all data will be lost; if you want to do a partition specific wipe, use Option Three outlined in this tutorial.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD


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28 Dec 2010   #32
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

I've got enough invested that I'm going to try to clone the one partition first with acronis. If that doesn't work I'll try the win7 image backup method. If I can't get either of those two to work I'll do a fresh install. Thanks for your help guys. If I have any questions I'll post here. I'll probably be attempting this Monday.
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28 Dec 2010   #33
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

OK.

If possible, take some screen shots to document the choices you have to make along the way---or at least write down what one can expect to see after you choose source disk and destination disk. I'd like to know for an absolute fact if 1 partition can be cloned from a multi-partition drive.

I'd guess you should choose the "manual" method rather than automatic.

Unplug your existing drive before you attempt to boot for the first time with the new drive, immediately after the clone is done.
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29 Dec 2010   #34
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

will do
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02 Jan 2011   #35
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

it appears that i can clone only one partition from my drive, what do i need to do to the SSD before cloning to it? do i just need to plug it in and leave it all unallocated?


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02 Jan 2011   #36
gregrocker

 

Yes, it should create the partition for you when you specify the target drive and size.

Do you have the 100mb System Reserved partition on the source drive? If so, I'd clone it along with the System MBR.

If you choose not to clone the 100mb SysRserved partition, go into Advanced options if available to set C drive Active, include the MBR with OS drive if possible.

Either way you may have to Repair the mBR using the DVD or Repair CD after cloning before it will start. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Let us know how it goes.
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03 Jan 2011   #37
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

i don't have the 100mb partition.

after i clone it i will unplug the old drive and try to boot from the SSD. if that doesnt work, then i'll run the startup repair 3 times as described in the tutorial - im pretty confident this should work

i'll let you guys know how it goes and try to document the process as best as i can
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03 Jan 2011   #38
gregrocker

 

Make sure Win7 partition remains Active for repairs to work: Partition - Mark as Active
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03 Jan 2011   #39
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

i dont think WD Acronis will let me clone only one partition. i select the source disk and there are no options for source "partition" then when i go to select destination drive the new SSD is greyed out and wont let me select any options... any ideas? if not i'll try the win7 image method from an external drive.


edit: i could use acronis to backup my C: partition and restore it to my SSD.. then i would have to do startup repair 3 times.. that should work right? essentialy the same thing as using the win7 image method, right?

edit 2: i dont want to click on yes and prepare the ssd do i?


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03 Jan 2011   #40
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

when i go to disk management i get this screen.. do i need to do something to the ssd before it will let me "use it"? i clicked cancel so you could see my disk management screen..

as you can see i want to clone C: (@ 100gb) to the SSD which will fit.. obviously the whole 1TB drive wont fit

then when im done with that i want to get rid of the old C: and put 50gb in each, music and data (Z:, Y: )


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