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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

18 Feb 2012   #140
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Michael for clarifying this one. I certainly did not know that (although come to think about it, it is logical). I learned something. Reps come when it is your turn - LOL.


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01 Mar 2012   #141
pbcsltd

Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit (SP2) - Upgrading to W7 soon
 
 
Moving from Vista HDD to 7 SSD

Yeah great tutorial dude. Thanks for your time writing it.

If this has already been covered please point me in the right direction:

I'm running 64 bit Vista on an HDD but am moving to W7 on an SSD. I also plan to reinstall the rest of my software on the SSD but that's for another thread.

My question is what to do with the Vista that's left on the remaining HDD once I've booted up with W7 on the new SSD?
Can it just be uninstalled like any other program or will there be a clash between the 2 op. systems?

Any advice, however obvious much appreciated.


Phill
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01 Mar 2012   #142
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Phill, Here is a tutorial I made In case you need tro uninstall Vista that is double booted with Windows7: Dual Boot - Delete a OS

But if you have not yet installed Windows7 on the SSD, you should disconnect the HDD during the Win7 installation on the SSD. This way you avoid a double boot situation. All you have to do then is to change the boot order in the BIOS in order to boot from the SSD.

You can keep Vista on the HDD (at least for a while) and boot into it by changing the boot order back to the HDD. That may be practical until the time that you have installed all your programs on the SSD. When you want to finally get rid of it, you just delete the Vista partition from Disk Management of Win7. I would, however, take an image of the Vista partition before you delete it - just in case you forgot something on that partition that you should not have deleted. With the image on hand, you can always mount the image and retrieve whatever you forgot.
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01 Mar 2012   #143
Buco

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

After searching for many hours on how to make a move to SSD I finally found this thread and decided to go with Paragon tool.
It worked with no problem for me. Transferred OS from HDD to SSD that was in USB enclosure at the time in about 1 HR,
with roughly 80GB on HDD at time.
After that I did physical swap of drives, went to BIOS and Patriot Pyro SSD was already there and set to 1st priority.
After that I created "D data" on SSD drive, and all of "my documents" were back on D, I'm guessing windows transferred it automatically, it was mapped to store "my documents" on D, and at this time I had HDD in USB enclosure connected to the laptop that had the files still on there.
And that was that.
It would've been nice if it automatically created this D partition on a new drive, but it does OS transfer that was on C so I can't really complain.
So the whole process took 30 minutes maybe, not counting the transfer time, but to get there it took a couple of days of search...well that includes trying to troubleshoot windows not being able to start a back up process...but
that's a whole another issue...

However I saw some complaints about Paragon and wanted to say there is other side of a coin as well, when it works perfectly well.

Thank you
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01 Mar 2012   #144
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks for your experience report. And you are right, the Paragon tool works very well. I have used it many times. I only had a problem once and that was when the SSD was defunct. The details are here: Beware of the OCZ Vertex Plus 1VTXPL120G
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01 Mar 2012   #145
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

@Buco
The Paragon migrate tool appears to work fine for most people. It is also a simple turnkey app. I bought it out of laziness but unfortunately had problems with the reliability monitor after the transfer.
In the end I just did a manual transfer with a system reserved and OS partition. The manual transfer doesn't really take much effort.
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01 Mar 2012   #146
Buco

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
@Buco
The Paragon migrate tool appears to work fine for most people. It is also a simple turnkey app. I bought it out of laziness but unfortunately had problems with the reliability monitor after the transfer.
In the end I just did a manual transfer with a system reserved and OS partition. The manual transfer doesn't really take much effort.
I would've been much more apprehensive to even try Paragon if whs wasn't repeatedly saying "it's fine, trust me", cause there was definitely enough complaints to sway me the other way, but I realize people are much faster to complain about something then give a thumbs up so I figured "if this guy is so adamant in saying that works there must be ton of other happy people out there too".

Now I'm not experiencing dramatic changes in laptop performance not even in booting up and shutting down time. I never measured what the time was before the change because I thought it'll be night and day or at least that's what everyone agrees, so I thought it'll be easy to tell the difference.
In WEI disc write speed or whatever it's called did go from 5.5 to 7.5 so that's my piece of mind.
I did all the basic tweaks that are mentioned at the start.
But I guess if I really want it to make a difference I'll have to do what my buddy was saying from the start "go from scratch", as I've been working on this laptop for a little over 2 years now.

And by the way this forum seems to be the best windows 7 resource on the net that I can see so thank you!
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01 Mar 2012   #147
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

As I said I'm in the minority not totally happy with the Paragon migrate tool. You pay your money you take your chance.

I'm surprised you haven't seen a dramatic change, especially booting and shutting down. I get one fade of the splash screen and I'm into the logon screen. The Windows user page then appears almost instantly. Shutting down is around a second.

Try running a speed check
AS SSD
look for the English link

Edit: BIOS POST will always take its time.
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01 Mar 2012   #148
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcsltd View Post
Yeah great tutorial dude. Thanks for your time writing it.

If this has already been covered please point me in the right direction:

I'm running 64 bit Vista on an HDD but am moving to W7 on an SSD. I also plan to reinstall the rest of my software on the SSD but that's for another thread.

My question is what to do with the Vista that's left on the remaining HDD once I've booted up with W7 on the new SSD?
Can it just be uninstalled like any other program or will there be a clash between the 2 op. systems?

Any advice, however obvious much appreciated.


Phill
Hum I don't know what anyone else does pbc but I just stick a spare drive in the machine and copy and paste the stuff I want to keep.

For the transfer of files outside of the case I use a gadget and EaseUS via a USB port to clone or just transfer files.
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01 Mar 2012   #149
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Now I'm not experiencing dramatic changes in laptop performance not even in booting up and shutting down time
In order to give you good advice on this one, you have to be more specific. But it is definitely not coming from the Paragon Migration Tool. If your WEI is at 7.5, you are in the middle of in SSD territory. But the SSD is not a cure for every system problem. E.g slow internet connections cannot be cured with a SSD.
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