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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

10 Feb 2015   #780
ICIT2LOL

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

Ok mate I think I know what to do I am not on that machine right now and will check when I get back to my partners place. It is just that I have huge long lists of favourites which take ages to sort though and one spot for all would be good


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10 Feb 2015   #781
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I know what you are talking about. I had about 2000 and just eradicated about 1000. Still a long way to go.

But for the toolbar you only take the most frequently used - maybe 20 or 30 and yyou can make subfolders. Else it becomes difficult to navigate.
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10 Feb 2015   #782
ICIT2LOL

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

Yes mate I know the bars take two "openings" to see them all and like you I have culled a lot.
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10 Feb 2015   #783
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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.
Not sure what you mean by "set the OS first".
But based on your remark it's probably not worth the bother.

I was unable to clean up the old hdd (get rid of System Reserved and just make one partition with old C) using win7 Disk Manager. However I was able to do this with EasyUS Partition Master. Just deleted both partition to get one unallocated space, and created a primary partition out of this.

Then I used part of that partition to create Music, Documents & Video folders and moved the respective folders out of the new C\Users\me to this hdd using the proceedure you recommended. Gained about 20GB space on the SSD.
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02 Jun 2015   #784
Sjeng

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I installed a new SSD today, Crucial MX200 250GB.
I followed your great tutorial by the letter, using the Paragon tool.
I copied my C:\ windows 7 pro 64bit partition to the SSD with the tool.
Then I followed the AHCI tutorial you linked to, and did the registry settings.
Then I rebooted my system, entered the BIOS, set the AHCI setting to enabled, then I switched the boot priority around with the SSD being first, then the other HDD partitions.
Saved and exited, rebooted, and windows started from the old HDD partition. It installed the AHCI drivers exactly as in the tutorial, but windows was running from my HDD now. Not my SSD.

So I figured, well, logically, my HDD windows has the registry set for AHCI, but my SSD partition hasn't, because you say you do that AFTER using Paragon. So I figured because my SSD windows isn't set for AHCI, it must not boot, and revert to the HDD instead.

So I used Paragon again, and copied my HDD C:\ partition to the SSD, wiping it in the process. Tried rebooting again, but still my PC boots from the HDD, not the SSD.

So now I switched the cables around, HDD from slot #1 to #3, and my SSD from #3 to #1, hoping that would help. I checked my BIOS again, and the priority was still good: SSD first, then HDD.

Now I got a black screen with the message: "bootmgr missing". What could cause this?

(I changed the BIOS back to HDD first, then SSD, so I could at least boot my PC).

Strange thing is, my PC recognizes the SSD, sees the windows partition, but it's numbered "N", and my old HDD windows partition is still "C". I can't manually change that in windows.
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03 Jun 2015   #785
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you change the BIOS boot sequence. If not, I think that is your problem.

You successfully transferred the system to the SSD but the BIOS does not know that. Switching the hardware cables is not a good idea. That just increases the confusion.
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03 Jun 2015   #786
Sjeng

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks for your swift reply! Yes, I did, as I wrote in my post (see underlines)

My system doesn't seem to mind the cable switch, as Windows automatically installed the AHCI driver for the HDD after the switch.
(I should note I have 2 HDD's in my system. SATA#1 is now my SSD, SATA#2 is my C:\ HDD, SATA#3 is my secondary storage HDD, which used to sit in slot #1, and SATA#4 is my DVD writer.)
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03 Jun 2015   #787
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

After you transfer the OS using Paragon, did you go to Disk Management and assign it a Drive Letter?
This is for Windows 10, but it is exactly the same with Windows 7.

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03 Jun 2015   #788
Sjeng

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks for your help, but Windows 7 automatically assigned it a drive letter:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sjeng View Post
Strange thing is, my PC recognizes the SSD, sees the windows partition, but it's numbered "N", and my old HDD windows partition is still "C". I can't manually change that in windows.
I wanted to change C:\ to "Q:\", then change "N:\" (the SSD) to C:\, and then Q back to N again, switching them around, but win7 won't let me.
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03 Jun 2015   #789
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you boot from the SSD, the OS partition will be automatically the C partition. You are apparently not booting from the SSD. Are you sure you have set the SSD as #1 in the BIOS boot order.
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