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

03 Jan 2011   #71
gregrocker

 

SSD looks perfect with all flags flying.

It appears to have moved HD System boot files to SSD which is fine. No dual boot would be configured and they remain independent.

Do you have any need to boot HD now as it may or may not boot. You can try by using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. If that doesn't work unplug the SSD, boot DVD or REpair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to write System boot files to HD.


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03 Jan 2011   #72
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In PW look under the Partition tab > Modify.
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03 Jan 2011   #73
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

i have no need to boot to the WD drive now... only for an emergency. ill mark it as inactive (and hide it?) with partition wizard
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03 Jan 2011   #74
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That is a sound approach. Btw: when you have a minute, burn the bootable CD of PW. That is handy in emergency situations when everything comes to a screeching halt. It can help e.g. restoring the MBR and a lot of other nifty things.
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03 Jan 2011   #75
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

burning the image to cd now. thanks again guys
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03 Jan 2011   #76
gregrocker

 

You can hide E by removing drive letter, tho I'm not sure that's necessary as you might wanna browse in there.

When ready I would wipe E using PW CD to rightclick>Wipe with zeroes. You can then Create New or Resize adjacent partitions using the cool slider bars.

Congratulations on the skilled work. Stick around and help others now with what you've learned as you are quite good at it already.
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03 Jan 2011   #77
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome. Looks like you are all set. Piece of cake with a smooth operator like you are. LOL.

PS: I live 1 hour west of you in Spring Hill, FL
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03 Jan 2011   #78
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

again - thanks for the help, ill be around to help for sure

ive deactivated E: and hidden it, ill keep it as a backup unless i need the space later on down the road... its only 100gb of a 1TB drive which is now only for data.. i have my shiny new 120gb ssd for my OS and programs
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04 Jan 2011   #79
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Congrats, well done restoring the OS to the SSD.


Check all the basic SSD settings are correct.

A good start are the ones listed on the MS Engineering Windows 7 - Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives

Start at the 'Windows 7 Optimizations and Default Behavior Summary' It explains the basic settings needed for a SSD.

If you have the Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox (< download here if you don't), open it and select 'Intel SSD Management Tools.
Click on 'System Configuration Tuner', then click 'Run' in the bottom of the window.

This will set the basic settings, as recommended by Intel for your SSD.
If you have checked various forum recommendations, then you know there are a lot of opinions.
The ones in the link to the Win7 site, hits the basic ones most forums agree on, anymore than this is up to you.
  • First thing I would do is disable automatic Defrag in Windows, this is bad for a SSD and not needed.
  • Disable Superfetch - this is debatable but Intel recommends it for it's SSDs.
  • Enable Write-caching - Device Manager - Disk Drives, right click your SSD - Policies tab - tic 'Enable write caching on the device'.
  • Leave the Pagefile on the SSD you can reduce the size since you have 8GB RAM, min I've seen recommended is 400 MB, I set mine to 400 - 1000 MB. Start button - right click computer - properties - Advanced system settings - Advanced tab - in Performance click settings - in Advanced tab, Virtual memory click Change - tic 'Custom size', Initial size (MB) 400 (or whatever you want), Maximum size (MB) 1000 (or...).
A little late, and I haven't tried this myself, but Intel has a free Data Migration Tool, powered by Acronis.

Intel® Data Migration Software

I would hope it makes the basic SSD setting changes.
Don't know if it's any different from the WD and Seagate Acronis versions.

Post back here if you have any questions.
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04 Jan 2011   #80
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

i will take a look at those things tonite. thank you for the tips. if i have any questions Ill post back here.
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