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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

09 Feb 2015   #760
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

LF, that's good to hear. I am amazed about the alignment and the defrag though. That I would not have expected. I myself am not big on cloning but if it is as you say, I should try it once more. Unfortunately I have no OS on a HDD. They are all on aligned SSDs.


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09 Feb 2015   #761
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

It's the process I used to replace the HDDs in a couple of new notebooks. Using Mini Tool Partition Wizard (free version), I shrank the C: partition on the HDD to the appropriate size for Win 7 and programs (I did all the juggling on the HDD to avoid unnecessary writes on the SSD), set up a partition for data, and left the recovery partition in place for a total of four partitions, including system reserved (I kept the recover partition in place mostly for convenience since I didn't need the space it occupied). After using the notebook for getting the new SSD to do a simple format on the SSD (so I could see it in Macrium Reflect), while the SSD was still in the dock, I simply cloned the HDD to the SSD, then swapped them out. Macrium Reflect automatically sets up the partitions on the SSD as part of the cloning process. When I checked the SSD after installing it in the notebook, TRIM was enabled, it was properly aligned, and defrag was already turned off (normally, Win 7 does that automagically). I'm a lazy old broad and prefer doing things the easy way.
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09 Feb 2015   #762
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, sounds good. Was the sum of the partitions you transferred to the SSD larger, equal or smaller than the size of the SSD - not the amount of data but the size of the partitions.
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09 Feb 2015   #763
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Hmm, sounds good. Was the sum of the partitions you transferred to the SSD larger, equal or smaller than the size of the SSD - not the amount of data but the size of the partitions.
I didn't check but it would have been close, if not equal. I went from 500GB HDDs to 500GB Sammy 840 EVOs.
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09 Feb 2015   #764
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's what I thought. Cloning to same size disks worked for me too. But somewhere on the Macrium documentation I read that you cannot clone from big to small.
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09 Feb 2015   #765
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That's what I thought. Cloning to same size disks worked for me too. But somewhere on the Macrium documentation I read that you cannot clone from big to small.
In my version (Pro), I can (and have) set cloning for Intelligent Sector Copy which, like the same option when imaging, should allow one to clone from a larger disk to a smaller one as long as the actual data will fit in the smaller one.

Edit: Ok, curiosity just killed this old cat (gotta be careful; I'm running out of lives! ) so I did a wee test to see if it actually could be done. I have a 2TB HDD in my computer (F that currently has only an empty folder in it. I added a small .jpg to the drive (ironically, one of a cat walking away from an explosion; it was the first nonsensitive file I saw). I then plugged a 120GB spinner I rescued from an old netbook several years ago into my 2.5" swap bay. I set up Macrium Reflect to clone from the considerably larger F: drive to the considerably smaller drive. I got this message before setting things in motion:

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Note at the bottom where it says, "The last partition has been shrunk to fit." I then hit finish and the clone went through without a problem. The drive letter of the destination was changed from T: to G: (the first unused letter in the computer) but that's no big deal.

So, in a nutshell, as long as Intelligent Sector copy can be used when cloning (again, I don't know if that feature is available in the free version) and the data will fit, a larger volume can be cloned to a smaller volume.


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09 Feb 2015   #766
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, I don't have the Pro version, only the free version. Maybe there is the difference.
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09 Feb 2015   #767
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Hmm, I don't have the Pro version, only the free version. Maybe there is the difference.
Go back to my previous post; I add some more info.

Could you look under the Other Tasks tab at the top, then Edit Defaults, then Cloning? This is the screen I get:

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09 Feb 2015   #768
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I get a similar page with less options though.


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09 Feb 2015   #769
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. The important thing here is one can use the free version to clone from a larger volume to a smaller one as long as Intelligent Sector Copy is set under Cloning and the data will fit in the smaller version. Another thing to note is the clone was dramatically faster in this case because very little data was being transferred.

Based on your screenshot, the features missing from Pro in the free version I would miss most are: Disk Space Management (discards older images based on criteria I can determine) and Auto Verify Image I have that set to run after every image has been made; it save me the time and hassle of having to do it manually and ensures I have a good image every time). There are others but neither of my remaining brain cells are working at this moment so I can't recall what they are.
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