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Windows 7: Can I migrate OS + software from 120GB SSD to 1TB HD w/ 60GB software?

3 Weeks Ago   #1
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 
Can I migrate OS + software from 120GB SSD to 1TB HD w/ 60GB software?

When I reinstalled my operating system on a Gateway DX4831-01e, at my son's encouragement, I installed the OS, Win 7 Pro, on a 120 GB SSD (c:\) and attempted to install all of the software on a 1 TB hard drive (p:\).

Installing software on a drive uniquely different from the OS proved to be problematic and so I began installing software on the SSD.

Now I only have 11 GB free on the drive that contains my operating system and do not have any discretionary space to free up.

My question is... Can I migrate the OS and software installed on the SSD to the 1 TB hard drive, which contains 60 GB of software, without reinstalling the OS and software, again?

Thank you very much.

gfr92y


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

should be doable.


Either:


1) create a shadow copy ( make a restore point)

2) use shadowcopyview to copy the entire contents of the shadow you just made onto your 1tb disk.

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shadow_copy_view.html

Copy a bit at a time. The windows folder for example is very large.

3) create a bootmenu entry and mark p active

at admin command, type:
diskpart
sel vol p
act
exi

(press enter after each of the above)

bcdboot p:\windows /s p:


close command prompt.

4 ) use my little program nt6repair to fix the drive letter.
https://www.sevenforums.com/attachme...6repairx86.zip

OR

Alternatively, create another partition at the end ( on the right ) of the 1tb disk - 100gb is plenty.
Copy/move the 60gb data onto that new partition.

Create an image of your current system and restore it to the 1tb disk P:. Then copy the 60gb back onto p:

Plenty of free imaging programs can do that. Last time I looked, minitool partition manager free edition can copy/clone partition for you, which is quicker.
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I have a 120G SSD with windows+programs in one partition and Linux on another partition.



120G should be more than enough to install windows and programs if you move the users folder from the SSD (C:\Users) to the HDD (D:\Users).
Use Kari tutorial. I can guide you as I've done it many times


relocate-users.zip
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
should be doable.

[SNIP]
Thanks!

Joe
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
I have a 120G SSD with windows+programs in one partition and Linux on another partition.

[SNIP]
Thanks!

Joe
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2 Weeks Ago   #6
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
should be doable.

1) create a shadow copy ( make a restore point) - SUCCESSFUL

2) use shadowcopyview to copy the entire contents of the shadow you just made onto your 1tb disk. - SUCCESSFUL

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shadow_copy_view.html - SUCCESSFUL

Copy a bit at a time. The windows folder for example is very large. - SUCCESSFUL

3) create a bootmenu entry and mark p active - SUCCESSFUL

at admin command, type:
diskpart
sel vol p
act
exi

(press enter after each of the above)

bcdboot p:\windows /s p:
- SUCCESSFUL

close command prompt. - SUCCESSFUL

4 ) use my little program nt6repair to fix the drive letter. - NOT SUCCESSFUL: When I ran this program, I received the error message below...

https://www.sevenforums.com/attachme...6repairx86.zip
[IMG]http://www.**************/view/cl9ticz4homebt3/The_system_cannot_find_the_file_specified.jpg/file[/IMG]


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2 Weeks Ago   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Are you pointing at the windows partition?

You might not have copied everything successfully. The file it is looking for is

firstly P:\windows\system32\config\Software

then it looks for

P:\windows\system32\config\System

Those files are hives - they have no file extension.

Take a look and see if the Software and System hives are there. You should also run it as adminstrator.
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2 Weeks Ago   #8
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Are you pointing at the windows partition?

You might not have copied everything successfully. The file it is looking for is

firstly P:\windows\system32\config\Software PRESENT

then it looks for

P:\windows\system32\config\System PRESENT

Those files are hives - they have no file extension.

Take a look and see if the Software and System hives are there. You should also run it as adminstrator. SUCCESSFUL
However, it looks like it is still booting from the C; drive.
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2 Weeks Ago   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The OS letter will be C if that is what it was originally.
If nt6repair reported success, it will be fine.

Have a look in disk management and see if the new windows partition on the 1tb is listed as boot.

If the ssd is listed as system, you can remove the active flag from the ssd or change the boot order in bios. If the ssd is still marked active and first in the bios boot order, then you will continue to boot into the OS on the ssd.

Either remove the active flag from the ssd - tricky to do without 3rd party partitioner
or change the bios boot order putting the 1tb hd ahead of the ssd
or remove the ssd
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2 Weeks Ago   #10
PreyMantas

Win7 32 & 64bit vers.
 
 
Drawbacks going from SSD to HDD

Hi gfr92y,

I've tried that before with mixed results. SSDs don't defrag like HDD therefore the restore to the SSD is going to be "Extremely" fragmented and run slow as molasses until it gets somewhere sorted out with defragging. Just sharing my result when going backwards like that.
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