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

03 Jan 2011   #61
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Great, you did it.

Verification

If you want to verify the alignment (e.g. for a SSD where you are not certain whether the proper alignment was done), you use the following commands.

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n
List partition

Now you should see a result like this.

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 59 GB 1024 KB - but 64KB is just as good.

The offset has to be divisible by 4.


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03 Jan 2011   #62
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Use Diskpart

SSD Alignment
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03 Jan 2011   #63
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

great!

now what to do with my old C: ( now E: )


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03 Jan 2011   #64
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Set your old C to inactive - best with BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS. But i would keep it around for a while - as backup in case the SSD has problems. Also keep the Image you just used.

That WEI is a smoking gun.
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03 Jan 2011   #65
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

i intend to keep it around for a while, just in case. and i will keep the image i used.

do i need to use PW to set it to inactive? or can i do it with diskpart?

would i still be able to chagne the boot sequence in bios and boot to my old windows drive (incase of emergency) on my WD drive? or would it need startup repair?
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03 Jan 2011   #66
gregrocker

 

Sueeeeet. Nice work!

Post back a Disk Mgmt screenie if you like so we can check how it worked out.

Let' s make sure there is no boot reliance between drives.

Can you boot the HD now using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, or do you only need it now for data?

You now have a backup image if you want to get rid of the OS on HD.

You can also link to User files on HD if you need the SSD space: User Folders - Change Default Location

Later we can help you surgically remove all of the HD OS except the User folders.
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03 Jan 2011   #67
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can try diskpart too. The boot sequence you have to change permanently to the SSD - else it will be looking for an active partition on your old HDD. But if you ever want to boot from the HDD again, all you need to do is make the old C (now E) active again and change the boot sequence back to the HDD.
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03 Jan 2011   #68
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

all i have done after restoring the image to the ssd is change the bios boot order to the SSD

attached disk management screen


edit: i have also already changed my user folder locations to the Z: drive, they appear to still be linked (pic attached)


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03 Jan 2011   #69
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That looks good. But you still should deactivate E. It does not really hurt to keep it this way, but you may get funny effects. Look once into msconfig > Boot tab whether you now have 2 win7 listed.
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03 Jan 2011   #70
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That looks good. But you still should deactivate E. It does not really hurt to keep it this way, but you may get funny effects. Look once into msconfig > Boot tab whether you now have 2 win7 listed.
im installing partition wizard now.


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