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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

24 Jun 2012   #320
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by giuvilas View Post
Absolutely. The SSD prices are not as shocking any more as they used to be. When I bought my first 60GB Vertex 4 years ago, I had to pay nearly $250. Now you can get a 256GB M4 for less and my last 60GB cost $70.


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24 Jun 2012   #321
CKconor

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

If i transfer the os from my hdd to my ssd will it remove any files from my HDD such as My Documents?
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24 Jun 2012   #322
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CKconor View Post
If i transfer the os from my hdd to my ssd will it remove any files from my HDD such as My Documents?
You do not transfer the OS per se, you transfer the C partition and everything that is in it. And if you have a 100MB system partition, that needs to be transferred too. Make sure the data in your C partition is not more than the capacity of the SSD.

Usually we keep the user data (documents, pictures, music and videos) on the HDDs. But if you have a large SSD, they may fit.
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24 Jun 2012   #323
CKconor

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

SO i cant just put the OS on there? cause my C: is 200gb full already
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24 Jun 2012   #324
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Unless you have a 256GB SSD, the answer is no. If your SSD is only 128GB or 60GB, that's like trying to put 3 gallons of water into a 1 gallon jug.

Why don't you first make a data partition and move all your user folders there.

With the Paragon Migration Tool, you can deselect folders that should not be transferred. But that is messy and I would not recommend to use that function.
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24 Jun 2012   #325
CKconor

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

So partition my Hdd and put all my Documents OS and stuff into one and other data into the other partition.
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24 Jun 2012   #326
whs
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Just the OS in the C partition and all user data into the data partition. See here: Data Partition
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24 Jun 2012   #327
CKconor

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

I ahve another partition so do i just put the "WINDOWS" folder into it?
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24 Jun 2012   #328
rockypaloma

Windows XP Pro x32
 
 

Hello Wolfgang. Thanks to your excellent step-by-step tutorial I was able to successfully migrate my XP Pro system to a Samsung 830 SSD. I used the 'geeky' method.

Because I'm still on XP (yes, I know), I encountered a few minor hiccups that I was able to overcome. Other XP users may find this information useful.

1. Shrunk the C: partition with the free MiniTool Partition Wizard so it would comfortably fit on the SSD, then used Macrium Reflect Free Edition to create an image of the C: partition on an external drive.

2. Created a boot CD for both MiniTool and Macrium.

3. Installed the SSD in my Dell Vostro 220 with velcro. Fortunately I had the foresight to purchase a power extension cable because the only available power cable inside the Dell was way too short.

4. Initialized the SSD with the MiniTool and then used Diskpart to align and activate the partition. Here I encountered the first hiccup: the XP version of Diskpart does not recognize the "Create partition primary align=1024" command. However, there is an easy workaround - boot from a Vista or Win 7 install cd and get to a DOS window to run Diskpart. My system came with a Vista install CD, but can be freely (and legally) obtained online. The SSD was now properly aligned.

5. Booted from the Macrium boot CD and restored the C: partition image from the external drive to the SSD.

6. Rebooted from my original internal HDD, which may have been a mistake. Opened Minitool to check the status of the SSD and noticed that the C: partition was there, but so was Dell's hidden (and useless) diagnostics partition. This partition comes before the C: partition.

7. Rebooted again, this time from the SSD. And, other than a few 'found new hardware messages', it loaded superfast! Success! Yet, I still had a nagging feeling that all was not right. I rebooted several times and noticed that Windows took a long time shutting down. I checked the alignment and, yes, it got screwed up. That damn Dell partition!

8. Frustrated, I almost did a secure erase and start all over again. Time to take a 10-minute break. Searching for a way to non-destructively reallign and get rid of the Dell partition, I came across Parted Magic (GParted), which is also free.

9. Created a Parted Magic boot CD, booted from it, and told it to delete the Dell partition (which became 47MB of unallocated space. I was then able to move the C: partition to the left with a 1MB alignment. Amazingly, this worked!

10. There was still one minor detail to take care of. My C: partition used to be the second partition on my HDD, but now it was the first partition on my SSD. This meant editing the boot.ini and probably rebuilding the MBR. For this I used the boot CD of MiniTool, which has a boot.ini editor. Actually, there was no need to edit boot.ini as Parted Magic had already taken care of it. So I just rebuild the MBR.

And that was it. Booted from the SSD and XP is running like clockwork, and the partition is perfectly aligned. Followed all the directions to optimize XP running on SSD. The Samsung 830 comes with its own SSD Magician Tool with a Trim function for XP.

Yes, magic does exist. All done with free tools that truly work. The authors deserve a donation for their work and I have already done so.

PS - I love working with DOS commands. I started my computing days with CP/M in 1978 on an Osborne 1 and moved to MS-DOS in 1980. The good old days.
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25 Jun 2012   #329
whs
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Rocky, you are a real expert. You did very well. But XP on a SSD is ashame - no Trim will ultimately slow you down.

From time to time make an image and do a Secure Erase. That will get the nands back in shape for fast write operations. Then restore the image. If during the Macrium WinPE restore you drag the image from the backup to the SSD, you will even maintain the alignment.


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