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Windows 7: Advice on installing Windows 7 on new SSD

09 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Build 17134
Advice on installing Windows 7 on new SSD

I just purchased a crucial 256gb realssd C300 for my 2month old Lenovo x201(Win 7P 64bit, i7 640m, 8gb RAM). What is the best way to install the new SSD. I have read that a simple cloning may not be the best approach for optimal performance. Should I do a clean install by using the boot disk I made when I first got the x201 along with the recovery media disks, then reinstall all programs?
Thanks in advance

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09 Dec 2010   #2
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If the WD is involved you can use their excellent free Acronis cloning/imaging app to clone the old Win7 partition to the new SSD after initiating it in Disk Mgmt: WD Support

If this fails or isn't optimal you can try another free imaging app like Win7, Paragon, or Macrium Reflect. Acronis is probably better however, with more options to change size while reimaging, etc.

If these options all fail or performance isn't optimal then you can clean reinstall with the factory Recovery disks although they will restore all of the bloatware. If you have access to a Win7 installer, consider a superior clean reinstall using these tips to get a perfect install: re-install windows 7
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