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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

07 Feb 2015   #750
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You'll see - once the 100MB partition is out of the way, it's a breeze. Make sure you align your SSD and create a primary active partition for C.


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07 Feb 2015   #751
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

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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.
Again thanks for your help.

I have run EasyBCD per your tutorial and it seems to have succeeded. However, in Disk Manager, one still sees the old 100MB System Reserved Partition on the C: drive. I wonder, can this partition now be deleted? My only concern is that it may somehow complicate the process of migrating the o/s to the SSD. Otherwise I am happy to just let it sit there and after the migration is complete I would simply delete it and the old system partition.
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07 Feb 2015   #752
ICIT2LOL

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

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John, I know very little about these other products. I am sure they have cloning facilities.

I have successfully cloned with free Macrium too. But I also had cases where it did not work. The case where it worked was from a smaller disk to a larger disk. I think where it did not work was from a larger disk to a smaller disk - but I think LF said that she had that working too.
Ok mate but I ma sure I did that with my partners laptop - partition by partition. But never mind it is getting away from the thread again.
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07 Feb 2015   #753
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blumesan View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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.
Again thanks for your help.

I have run EasyBCD per your tutorial and it seems to have succeeded. However, in Disk Manager, one still sees the old 100MB System Reserved Partition on the C: drive. I wonder, can this partition now be deleted? My only concern is that it may somehow complicate the process of migrating the o/s to the SSD. Otherwise I am happy to just let it sit there and after the migration is complete I would simply delete it and the old system partition.
You can leave the old system partition or delete it. But I would wait until your SSD boots without it (disconnect the HDD) to make sure everything is in good order. You never know. The devil is in the detail. There should be no complication for migrating C. Just ignore the 100MB partition.
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08 Feb 2015   #754
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

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Don't touch that field. That is handled automatically by EasyBCD. They backup the bootmgr to that location.
Again thanks for your help.

I have run EasyBCD per your tutorial and it seems to have succeeded. However, in Disk Manager, one still sees the old 100MB System Reserved Partition on the C: drive. I wonder, can this partition now be deleted? My only concern is that it may somehow complicate the process of migrating the o/s to the SSD. Otherwise I am happy to just let it sit there and after the migration is complete I would simply delete it and the old system partition.
You can leave the old system partition or delete it. But I would wait until your SSD boots without it (disconnect the HDD) to make sure everything is in good order. You never know. The devil is in the detail. There should be no complication for migrating C. Just ignore the 100MB partition.
Again thanks.

Yes, I plan to leave it alone and first migrate C. If that goes well and I can boot from the SSD, then I can mess with that partition. Actually plan to wipe out that and the old C (system) partitions on the HDD and reuse that space..

The SSD should arrive tomorrow and I will be off and running. Will report back.

You have been immensely helpful.
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08 Feb 2015   #755
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you test whether the SSD works properly, disconnect the HDD - just to be sure.
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08 Feb 2015   #756
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

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If you test whether the SSD works properly, disconnect the HDD - just to be sure.
Thanks, that is my plan.
Somewhere (I believe in one of your threads) I read that, before migrating the o/s, one should create and format a partition on the SSD using Disk Manager. Is that necessary, or will the migration software take care of that?

I plan on using EaseUS Partition Manager OR MiniTool Partition Manager for the migration since both have a "Migrate OS Wizard" function.

Then, at what point does one assign the drive letter (C) to the SSD?

Sure glad you are holding my hand.
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08 Feb 2015   #757
ICIT2LOL

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

I am no expert like whs mate but I think Windows does that by default
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08 Feb 2015   #758
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blumesan View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you test whether the SSD works properly, disconnect the HDD - just to be sure.
Thanks, that is my plan.
Somewhere (I believe in one of your threads) I read that, before migrating the o/s, one should create and format a partition on the SSD using Disk Manager. Is that necessary, or will the migration software take care of that?

I plan on using EaseUS Partition Manager OR MiniTool Partition Manager for the migration since both have a "Migrate OS Wizard" function.

Then, at what point does one assign the drive letter (C) to the SSD?

Sure glad you are holding my hand.
If you migrate with an image, you have to at least align the SSD. But I would do a full job.

1. Copy the bootmgr to C - I believe you have already done that
2. Create an aligned primary active partition. These are the commands:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit

3. Restore the image of C to that partition.

You do not have to worry about partition letters. The running OS is always C - automatically.

If that sounds too difficult, use the Paragon Migration Tool - sets you back $19.95, LOL But it does the whole migration job including alignment and disabling defrag in 3 clicks.
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09 Feb 2015   #759
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blumesan View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you test whether the SSD works properly, disconnect the HDD - just to be sure.
Thanks, that is my plan.
Somewhere (I believe in one of your threads) I read that, before migrating the o/s, one should create and format a partition on the SSD using Disk Manager. Is that necessary, or will the migration software take care of that?

I plan on using EaseUS Partition Manager OR MiniTool Partition Manager for the migration since both have a "Migrate OS Wizard" function.

Then, at what point does one assign the drive letter (C) to the SSD?

Sure glad you are holding my hand.
If you migrate with an image, you have to at least align the SSD. But I would do a full job.

1. Copy the bootmgr to C - I believe you have already done that
2. Create an aligned primary active partition. These are the commands:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit

3. Restore the image of C to that partition.

You do not have to worry about partition letters. The running OS is always C - automatically.

If that sounds too difficult, use the Paragon Migration Tool - sets you back $19.95, LOL But it does the whole migration job including alignment and disabling defrag in 3 clicks.
I tried that tool and feel it's called tool for a reason. It can't handle more than two partitions. I had equally bad luck trying to use Samsung's migration tool; same problem. I had excellent luck just getting the original HDD's partitions set up the way I wanted them to be on the SSD, then cloned the HDD to the SSD with Macrium Reflect (I did a simple format on the SSD first). The finished clone was automagically properly aligned, trim was enabled, and defrag was turned off. Easy peasy.
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