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Windows 7: Advice for moving a Windows 7 install to an SSD.

25 Mar 2019   #1
Nitesco

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Advice for moving a Windows 7 install to an SSD.

There's two 500GB SSDs on sale at Newegg that I'm eyeing right now (Samsung | Crucial). I did some comparisons at UserBenchmark, and I've narrowed down my choices to those two SSDs, however I'm open to suggestions.


I've given my main 1TB C drive a look with TreeSize and I think 500GB should cover the Windows 7 installation and Program Files, with more than enough clearance for whatever else I wish to put on the SSD.


The problem comes with the drive itself. There's only one partition on my C drive, which altogether contains much more than just Windows 7 and the Program Files folders.


Advice for moving a Windows 7 install to an SSD.-mmc_2019-03-25_14-32-31.png


Yes, I know that lack of free space on ALL my drives is universally terrible. I need to get to Spring Cleaning ASAP.


Since my C is just one big partition, I can't actually image my Windows 7 installation onto the 500GB SSD, since that's simply not enough space. Is there a way to move only what is necessary for my Windows 7 install to the SSD? I have no experience with making partitions, so I may be overlooking an easier solution. In any case, I want to keep all of my files intact.



I plan on buying either of the two SSDs soon, so I appreciate any help with this.




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25 Mar 2019   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I suggest you make a folder on C - call it something like NOT-THIS. Then MOVE evrything you don't want on your SSD into that folder.

Then you can use something that can make clones/images and allows you to exclude folders.

Only a few programs do exclusions. O&O DiskImage does both for clones and images - I think you maight still be able to get Diskimge pro v11 on free giveaway.

Pro 11 is still available on free giveaway - also works on win10

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Useful feature is the ability to exclude files/folders from backup.



Another possibilty is Partition Guru/DiskGenius - it can exclude files/folders from images. Last time I looked, the free version has that ability.
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25 Mar 2019   #3
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

The drive in UK money is 77 I got a 480 big for 54 so it's not cheap you will need an adapter to fit the drive unless you have 3.5 bays. If you transfer 7 you need to make system changes for a ssd drive and disable defrag as well
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25 Mar 2019   #4
Nitesco

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I suggest you make a folder on C - call it something like NOT-THIS. Then MOVE evrything you don't want on your SSD into that folder.

Then you can use something that can make clones/images and allows you to exclude folders.

Only a few programs do exclusions. O&O DiskImage does both for clones and images - I think you maight still be able to get Diskimge pro v11 on free giveaway.

Pro 11 is still available on free giveaway - also works on win10

Enter your email address at the registration page. They send an email, you click the link to confirm it is you then your reg key arrives.


Registration
Registrieren Sie sich hier fur Ihre kostenlose Vollversion von O&O DiskImage 11
Download English Version
Download Archive

Useful feature is the ability to exclude files/folders from backup.



Another possibilty is Partition Guru/DiskGenius - it can exclude files/folders from images. Last time I looked, the free version has that ability.
Free Download DiskGenius Online

Aces. I have Macrium Reflect Free leftover from when I used that to restore an old C image to rollback from a Windows 10 install (just to get the free upgrade), but it doesn't allow me to exclude files. I assume that it might be a feature for the paid version, haven't checked.



O&O DiskImage Pro being able to exclude the files I don't want in the image is a massive help. Good looking out on that free Pro Version giveaway. Thanks a lot.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
The drive in UK money is 77 I got a 480 big for 54 so it's not cheap you will need an adapter to fit the drive unless you have 3.5 bays. If you transfer 7 you need to make system changes for a ssd drive and disable defrag as well

Turns out my PC case has a spot specifically made for one SSD on the back of the motherboard plate. I also have a few 6Gbps SATA Cables that I can use for this.


I forgot that I needed to turn off Defragmenting for SSDs, but I also wasn't aware of other System-level changes I needed to make. Found a 3 part guide that seems to lay out what I need to do: 10 Tips for SSD Optimization in Windows 7 - Part 1


Anything else I need to do to prepare? I've ordered the Crucial MX500, and it'll arrive in 2 days.
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28 Mar 2019   #5
Nitesco

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm having problems cloning my C drive onto my SSD with O&O DiskImage 11. I made sure to move all of the files and folders into a single "DO-NOT-MOVE" folder on C, placed those into the exclusions as shown, and I'm still getting an error telling me that the target drive is too small.


Advice for moving a Windows 7 install to an SSD.-oodipro_2019-03-29_00-49-00.png


It seems like the DO-NOT-MOVE folder isn't actually being excluded if the error being returned is that that the target drive is too small. What am I doing wrong here?


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29 Mar 2019   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Are you are sure you have moved enough into the DO-NOT-MOVE folder? Check the used space on the source partition. Then check the size of the DO-NOT-MOVE folder and deduct it from the used space.

Have you selected to clone only used sectors?

Advice for moving a Windows 7 install to an SSD.-clone-1.jpg


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29 Mar 2019   #7
Nitesco

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Are you are sure you have moved enough into the DO-NOT-MOVE folder? Check the used space on the source partition. Then check the size of the DO-NOT-MOVE folder and deduct it from the used space.

Have you selected to clone only used sectors?

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Yes. I'm moving more files now. Here's a shot of the C drive from TreeSize. Many of the bigger files that aren't system files are now in the DO-NOT-MOVE folder, and the 608.5 GB is how much space that should be subtracted from the total used space (assuming it's being excluded correctly).


Advice for moving a Windows 7 install to an SSD.-treesizefree_2019-03-29_06-41-02.png


So going by that, what should be left is only 128 GB of space to be cloned onto the SSD, right?


Also, here's a shot of the SSD in Disk Management.


Advice for moving a Windows 7 install to an SSD.-mmc_2019-03-29_06-41-29.png


All I did was the basic initialization so the SSD could be recognized by cloning software (which it is). Do I need to make a New Simple Volume on it as well?


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29 Mar 2019   #8
Nitesco

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Cleared out some more space.


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Then O&O seems like it's starting to move forward after I begin cloning, and then this happens.


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I have no idea what's causing that message to be displayed. I'll keep trying.


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29 Mar 2019   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No idea. I haven't had any problems with it.

Maybe try creating partition and formatting the target disk.

Also scroll down the target drive list and make sure there isn't anything ticked inadvertently.

What does CUSTOS mean, is that your PC name?
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29 Mar 2019   #10
Nitesco

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, Custos is just the name of my PC.


Cleared out some more space. EaseUS Todo Backup Home (Trial) had issues, as did Acronis True Image for Crucial, so I'm giving Macrium Reflect's Cloning function a shot.


So far so good, as slow as it is.


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I'll keep you posted. Thanks for the help so far.


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