Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Dell PC and Paragon Migration Tool

31 Dec 2011   #1
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
Dell PC and Paragon Migration Tool

In case you buy a Dell PC and want to transfer the OS to an SSD, you might want to read this.
i just got my second Dell desktop and discovered the same unusual partition setup as in the first Dell PC. It is.

1. a 39MB Fat32 partition - which I assume is used for the BIOS
2. a Recovery partition (about 14GBs) which is active - that is the unusual part
3. an inactive C partition for the rest of the HDD

Since I always install a small 60GB SSD for the OS (really no need to get a bigger SSD for that), I use the Paragon Migration Tool to move the OS from the HDD to the SSD - that is really easy because it is a 2 click operation and it always works flawlessly.

In this particular case though, the migration tool also copies the Recovery partition to the SSD because it rightfully figures that you need your bootmgr there. That takes the 14GBs away from your C partition . Thus you lose 25% of your SSD capacity.

In order to avoid that, use EasyBCD to tranfer the bootmgr to the C partition (also a 2 click operation). Now you can transfer the C partition to the SSD without being bothered by the recovery partition.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Dec 2011   #2

Eindows 7 home premiun 64

When I installed mine, I erased the image files from the recovery partition, shrunk it, then merged C: into the recovered space. Your solution is very much better. Thank you!

I plan to eliminate the remaining 3 GB recovery now. I plan to Change boot, remove partition, create new partition, then merge with C:.

What exactly were the 2 clicks with EasyBCD? Advanced, Change boot drive? Will it default to C:? I just want to be certain.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Dec 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Will it default to C:
No, you have to select C from the drop down.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Dell PC and Paragon Migration Tool

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
OS Migration
Have anyone tried moving their OS with the Samsung Magician tool? I may use this in the future when i get my Dell XPS 8700.
General Discussion
Paragon Alignment Tool
Just a little information about this tool. My C: drive was not correctly aligned. It wasn't a big deal. Everything worked fine. But, being a geek like the rest of you, I decided to try PAT and see if it really works. First off, it's like $30. Not that much, but it's a one time tool. It comes...
Hardware & Devices
Microsoft P2V Migration tool beta
More -
Paragon GoVirtual/VMware Player and DELL pre-install XP problem
:cry:I had no problem creating the virtual machines as described in Paragon's instructions. The Win7 wouldn't load in my DELL XP but I just put it down to lack of patience on my part. However, VMware Player won't let me log on with my XP virtual. The XP virtual machine was created from my work...
Windows Easy Transfer vs. User State Migration Tool
Do you know if there is a difference between these two tools? MS site sometimes points to one and sometimes to another when recomending a tool for migrating from XP to Win7, Also, should I expect problems or take special steps when migrating from XP x86 to Win7 X64, using one of these or...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:36.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App