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Windows 7: Replacing HDD with SDD - image vs clean install

22 Oct 2012   #1

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Replacing HDD with SDD - image vs clean install

I am replacing an HDD with an SDD in my laptop.
I have it partitioned the same way as the HDD except that D: is smaller.
system reserved, C:=system, D:=data-profiles-programs, E: =HP_TOOLS (fat32)

My plan was to image the system reserved, C: and E: partitions.

The HDD is running in ACHI mode.

What I want to know -
When installing W7, does it do something different on a SSD than a HDD such that imaging the HDD to the SDD will make a performance difference???

Can u explain that difference???

I'm using Macrium Reflect to image.


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22 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I would clean install to the ssd.
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22 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

I used Acronis to clone my SATA drive to my new SSD and it's worked perfectly since then. It was a whole lat easier (and faster) then starting with a clean install.

What kind of computer, laptop or desktop? If desktop, leave the old drive in and use it for data and keep the SSD for the OS.
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22 Oct 2012   #4

windows 7

OK, thx. I am a fan of clean installs BUT - the system is working fine and Macrium has worked well for me to fix broken OS. I just want to make sure I am not missing something by doing an image.
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22 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

Another option you could consider, is to use the "Migrate OS to SSD" function in Aomei Partition Master, which you can install for free. I have used it a number of times to clone Windows 7 to either HDDs or SSDs and it has always worked like a charm.
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22 Oct 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP


Let us know how it goes as imaging usually works well but if not there are SSD adjustments that can be made.
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