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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

06 Feb 2015   #740
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

Many thanks to all for your replies.
I will give it a try with Macrium (clone) and report back.

@whs: I have tried several times to download the free version of EasyBCD but had no success. That edition is listed at the bottom of the page, but clicking on it has no effect.


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06 Feb 2015   #741
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blumesan View Post
Many thanks to all for your replies.
I will give it a try with Macrium (clone) and report back.

@whs: I have tried several times to download the free version of EasyBCD but had no success. That edition is listed at the bottom of the page, but clicking on it has no effect.
You can get it free from here. But click on the first small button, not on the big green button.
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06 Feb 2015   #742
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs;3000055 You can get it [B
free from here[/B]. But click on the first small button, not on the big green button.
Terrific. That worked fine. Many thanks.
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06 Feb 2015   #743
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome.
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06 Feb 2015   #744
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

Since you have all been so kind and patient, let me ask what may well be a truly stupid question.

It occurs to me that an incredibly simple solution to moving the o/s to a new SSD could be:
  1. Use Win7 backup facility to create a backup of all data folders, the C:\ drive and a system image, on an external hdd.
  2. Create a system repair disk.
  3. Install the SSD and shut down system.
  4. Reboot system from system repair disk.
  5. Select "restore computer using system image" and choose system image from external hdd.
  6. Select the SSD as destination for the system restore.
OK, I have my umbrella open; fire the tomatoes.
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06 Feb 2015   #745
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

whs-

While I have your ear (so to speak) may I ask another question regarding your tutorial: "Bootmgr, Move to C:\ with EasyBCD"
The screen pictures make it seem very easy, but I am left wondering what information should one put in the "File" box/boxes under "Backup & Restore Bootloader Settings". Is this inconsequential or should one accept whatever default appears?
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07 Feb 2015   #746
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blumesan View Post
whs-

While I have your ear (so to speak) may I ask another question regarding your tutorial: "Bootmgr, Move to C:\ with EasyBCD"
The screen pictures make it seem very easy, but I am left wondering what information should one put in the "File" box/boxes under "Backup & Restore Bootloader Settings". Is this inconsequential or should one accept whatever default appears?
Don't touch that field. That is handled automatically by EasyBCD. They backup the bootmgr to that location.
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07 Feb 2015   #747
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blumesan View Post
Since you have all been so kind and patient, let me ask what may well be a truly stupid question.

It occurs to me that an incredibly simple solution to moving the o/s to a new SSD could be:
  1. Use Win7 backup facility to create a backup of all data folders, the C:\ drive and a system image, on an external hdd.
  2. Create a system repair disk.
  3. Install the SSD and shut down system.
  4. Reboot system from system repair disk.
  5. Select "restore computer using system image" and choose system image from external hdd.
  6. Select the SSD as destination for the system restore.
OK, I have my umbrella open; fire the tomatoes.
I think what you suggest is to use Windows imaging in lieu of Macrium. That is possible. The reason why the geeks prefer Macrium is because it is a lot more reliable than Windows imaging and you control what you are doing.

With Windows imaging and on the high seas you never know what is going to happen. I had to bail out many people with a Windows image that could not be restored. I even had to write a tutorial for it because at one time it was a common incident.
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07 Feb 2015   #748
gregrocker

 

The biggest problem with Win7 backup imaging is you can't restore to any other than the source partition's same exact Offset, or position on the disk, and any replacement target hard drive must be the same size or bigger.

With free Macrium imaging it will automatically reduce the size of C when you drag it to a smaller space for it on the target hard drive, as long as it isn't smaller than the space actually used on C. So if I drag a 50gb partition to a 30gb space it adjusts it as long as the data on C is less than 30gb. Once dragged into position from the source drive, these partitions can also have their sizes adjusted by highlighting any partition and clicking the link to configure below it.
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07 Feb 2015   #749
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

whs & greg

Many thanks for your advice. I think I will discard my brilliant idea and stick with Macrium. Now that I know how EasyBSD works I will use that first to deal with the 100MB partition. Then I guess I will only need to create image in Macrium and not need to clone.

This site is terrific!
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