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Windows 7: Upgrade (SSD to SSD) on Windows 7

01 Aug 2015   #1
chrisharr

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Upgrade (SSD to SSD) on Windows 7

Yes, the time has come to install a bigger/faster SSD. I have a 80GB and am forever clearing temp files, etc. to to keep my disk space indicator from turning red. A clean install is not of interest - would take way too much time to re-establish my tools. I'm leaning towards an Intel 535 120GB. That'll give plenty of OS partition space (will replace machine next year).

I have a 100MB System partition and a ~74MB Boot partition on the existing SSD. I also have an E drive for data which is an Intel RST RAID 1 volume on two 500GB drives.

I've been doing some Googling and read about using Macrium or Paragon Migrate to migrate from HDD to SSD. Am posting this thread to get specific suggestions on doing an SSD to SSD upgrade. I was going to do a Windows image restore, but reading forums here lead me to believe that I'll better luck using one of those 3rd party tools. Hoping someone here with experience can share specific recommended instructions.

Thanks, Chris


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01 Aug 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Definitely try Macrium free, create the bootable media within the program and use it to boot. (No difference between SSD and HDD with regards to imaging). You can just use the cloning function I believe and then once finished, shutdown and remove old SSD. Adjust boot order in BIOS and boot with new SSD. (keep old SSD safe until you are sure new one is set as you want it to be). If booting successfully, go into Disk Management and see if partitions are correct size. If not post a screenshot here for further instructions.
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01 Aug 2015   #3
chrisharr

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks. After posting, I was reading this:
How to move from a smaller SSD to a larger SSD
which discusses 'Drive Cloning' vs 'Drive Imaging'
"Both methods are supported but cloning using Acronis has some drawbacks for users who want to move from a smaller SSD that has multiple partitions Acronis recommends the ‘Backup and Recovery method’ (Imaging). Disk imaging will create an image of all your partitions and restore them to the new Solid State Drive (SSD)."

But are you saying that because I only have system and boot partitions that I'll be ok using the (presumably simpler) clone method? Also, I'm still hoping to get an understanding of why people say NOT to just use a Windows system image.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Definitely try Macrium free, create the bootable media within the program and use it to boot. (No difference between SSD and HDD with regards to imaging). You can just use the cloning function I believe and then once finished, shutdown and remove old SSD. Adjust boot order in BIOS and boot with new SSD. (keep old SSD safe until you are sure new one is set as you want it to be). If booting successfully, go into Disk Management and see if partitions are correct size. If not post a screenshot here for further instructions.
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01 Aug 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you clone without changing partition sizes, we can fix it later with Disk Management or if that fails Partition Wizard free. Drive Imaging is good (I use it daily with Acronis), but you need to image first to a file and then restore from it. That's why I said clone, both are good methods nevertheless.
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01 Aug 2015   #5
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I use Macrium. I have cloned from a HDD to a SSD & I have cloned from a SSD to a new SSD. All worked perfectly.

You can do an image as well, but it is requires a few more steps.

Follow GoKay's advice after you decide what to do.

Instead of up sizing from an 80GB SSD to a 120GB it would be a better investment to go to a 240/250GB SSD, which could also use when you update your computer next year.
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01 Aug 2015   #6
chrisharr

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks Ranger4 - that's good advice on buying an SSD that I can take to next machine
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01 Aug 2015   #7
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

You are welcome. Good luck & I hope it all works out for you.
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