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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

06 Nov 2011   #60
MoBeans

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

thank you


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06 Nov 2011   #61
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem. Any time.
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11 Nov 2011   #62
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello everyone,
Thanks for creating the tutorial, but just to clarify, if I have a computer with a 1TB HDD that's around a third full, and I plan to purchase a 60 GB SSD and only want to transfer the OS onto it, I can follow this tutorial exactly and not worry about losing anything or having to purchase anything extra such as a backup storage beside the SSD? Thanks in advance

and btw, is this a decent deal? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20233223-L010D
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11 Nov 2011   #63
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. The Corsair is a decent deal. but I would not buy it. I would look for a Crucial. Intel or OCZ. But don't go by me. The 3 guys that bought it from Newegg seem to like it and gave it a high rating.

2. If you want to transfer your OS from the 1TB drive, you can do that as described assuming that both drives are installed in the system. There are, however, several traps you can fall into if you are not an experienced (SSD) user. Those have to do with:

1. Alignment
2. 100MB hidden active partition
3. Partition size - the C partition on the 1TB drive must not be bigger than the space on the SSD to where you restore it (and remember that you also need a bit of space for the hidden 100MB partition). The reason for that is that free Macrium cannot shrink the image.

To make things easy and safe, you may want to consider using the Paragon Migration tool which is linked in the tutorial. Yes that would be an extra $19.95 but it does the job with 2 clicks and you do not have to worry about any of the traps mentioned in 1,2,3.

But if you prefer to wrestle it yourself (you would be learning a lot), we will be glad to guide you thru the process over and above what is described in the tutorial.
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11 Nov 2011   #64
MoBeans

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I got a daily deal from Buy.com and got my Crucial 64 gig drive for 99 dollars shipped . You can buy the same drive at newegg . One will cost more but comes with an install kit . I did a fresh custom install on the SSD . The terabyte drive still had windows 7 on it . No problems but if you go that route unplug the terabyte drive install and reconnect . I wasn't sure on how to clone the drive to move it . Some SSD's come with software that will move the system with easy directions .
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11 Nov 2011   #65
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks whs!
So if I purchase this program, would I be able to use it multiple times and would I be able to not worry about the transfer even if I have over 60 GB of data in my 1TB drive's C partition?
I'm not really tech savvy so I apologize if I keep asking for something that was already answered
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11 Nov 2011   #66
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Right, you can use it multiple times and on any PC and it is really childs play. Everything is automatic - just 2 clicks. It even finds your SSD automatically (if it is installed on the system - not if it is in the box, LOL). And it does adjust the size provided that there is not more data on the C partition than can fit on the SSD - but if that were the case, we could fix that beforehand.

Since you said that you have more than 60GB of data on C, I suggest to move your user files to another partition. Instructions are here: Data Partition

But before you begin, make sure you do not have 4 primary partitions on your HDD. Best would be if you posted a picture of your Disk Management.
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07 Dec 2011   #67
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hey whs,
I have just gotten my hands on a 60GB ssd, and also the migration tool from a friend. But even then, I'm still not sure how to optimally use what I have.

If I uncheck everything, this is what I get. I am not sure which folders I should leave checked (which will I benefit the most from having in the SSD)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/71584625@N02/6470325485/

My general usage for this desktop is gaming, light windows office use, browsing the internet, and it has anti malware running, so should I simply just find those folders in program files and select them? Or can I just do that after migration with everything unchecked?

There is also an option saying "Use all available space for partition with OS", should I check that? the Description recommends if if I don't plan on creating partitions on the new SSD

In the end of the manual, it states that after a successful "migration, shutdown the computer, remove the source drive, make the remaining drive bootable in BIOS and restart the computer. Your migrated system will boot after some time." What happens to the OS originally on my HDD? Is it just safe to plug it back in and continue as normal?

I have viewed the tutorial about data partitioning, but I still don't know how to move all my user data away from the OS into the new partition or vise versa, sorry


Thank you so much! again!
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07 Dec 2011   #68
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

The photo in your Flickr link is restricted. I'm not allowed to view it.
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07 Dec 2011   #69
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
The photo in your Flickr link is restricted. I'm not allowed to view it.
Hopefully that fixed it, please try again?

Migration | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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