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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

09 Feb 2015   #770
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, I will try to make a clone to a smaller disk based on that info. Have to find one of my loose small SSDs in the big box, LOL. All the HDDs I have recovered from the laptops are big.


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09 Feb 2015   #771
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.
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.
Sounds simple enough to me. I will perform these actions before migrating the o/s.
However I assume that the MiniTool Migration Wizard will do this as well. See screenshot:
Again, thanks for your help.


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09 Feb 2015   #772
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah right. PW can do that for you.
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09 Feb 2015   #773
gregrocker

 

If PW can migrate to SSD with latest v.9 then I wonder if that means it's copy function is now equal to imaging?
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09 Feb 2015   #774
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

IT'S DONE!


Although not without a minor hitch. After migration completed with MiniTool Partition Wizard -- powered down. Disconnected the SATA cable from old system drive and re-booted into BIOS. The new SSD drive was identified as SATA 2 and active. First set SATA configuration to AHCI and then tried to select the SSD as boot drive. NO JOY. It simply refused to show up in this menu until I went back and reconfigured to IDE. Then it booted and all seems well.

Note that earlier I had checked the registry for the appropriate entries to allow use of AHCI and both were 0. Maybe I'll go back later and try again. Maybe not.

MANY MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR HELP, SUGGESTIONS AND HANDHOLDING.
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09 Feb 2015   #775
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For AHCI, you have to set the OS first and then the BIOS. And congratulations for a job well done.

Btw - the AHCI performance gain is only minor.
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09 Feb 2015   #776
gregrocker

 

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista - Windows 7 Forums

So I guess PW now has a cloning function?
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10 Feb 2015   #777
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg, it looks like he made the right settings - only in the wrong order.
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10 Feb 2015   #778
ICIT2LOL

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

Thanks Wolfgang for that video as my old Toshiba is cluttered with favourites and now I can put them somewhere out of the way Just out of interest does this move the favourites list from the top menu bar and the Favourites listings??
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10 Feb 2015   #779
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nah, those do not come from the favorites list. They are individual shortcuts I first sent to the desktop and then I moved them to the websites folder.

What you can do though is activate Links in the toolbar. Then you get the links from the IE favorites bar. I have tons in there including folders with tons more.
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