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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

09 Jun 2015   #810
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg seems to be seeing something that I don't see. But I am half blind. So you better check.


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09 Jun 2015   #811
mami

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Dear gregrocker, thanks for the reply.

I am confused, because there are two partitions named WinXP.
One is on SSD called WinXP - marked as Healthy(System, Primary Partition)
and another is on HDD called WinXP (H - marked as Healthy(Active, Primary Partition)

The previous capture was taken prior to reboot. Here is the capture after reboot.

Now there are WinXP (J on SSD - Primary Partition
and WinXP (H on HDD - Active, Primary Partition
But since hdd drive isn't in the boot sequence, it doesn't matter, unless I go back to boot with HDD.

Please advise.


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10 Jun 2015   #812
mami

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Please comment on my last post!
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10 Jun 2015   #813
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are right. The XP partition on the HDD has no function as long as you don't boot from the HDD. The XP partition on the SSD is no more active and thus can be dealt with like a data partition. The SSD should boot from the C partition which is active.

To double check that this works I suggest you disconnect the HDD (Disk 2) and boot from the SSD. If that works, it would tell us that the active XP partition on the HDD has no function when booting from the SSD.
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10 Jun 2015   #814
gregrocker

 

I was referring to the XP partition on the SSD which is the drive at issue here. You can delete it now in Disk Mgmt since it is no longer the System partition. System is the signifier for the partition which is booting Win7 on the drive, not Active. Active only points to the partition you'd like to have as System. It still must be made bootable and it is not until the System flag is moved there. This has been accomplished.

You can now delete XP partition using Disk Mgmt or Partition Wizard and if you want extend C into the space by following How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.
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10 Jun 2015   #815
mami

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the confirmation, Greg.
Here is my last Disk Management screenshot...

And thank you all for the help.


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10 Jun 2015   #816
gregrocker

 

Looks good. You can format the 1tb drive now to use as storage. I'd start with saving a backup image there of the SSD install once it's all set up and running perfectly.

Later if the SSD fills up you can move User folders to the HD and not lose any performance advantage. User Folders - Change Default Location
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10 Jun 2015   #817
mami

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thank you.
I am planning to install Win 10 on the SSD first, and then put its backup image on the 1TB drive.
Is it recommended to partition big drives?
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10 Jun 2015   #818
mami

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thank you, Greg.
I am planning to install Win 10 on the SSD first, and then put its backup image on the 1TB drive.
Is it recommended to partition big drives?
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10 Jun 2015   #819
gregrocker

 

That's up to you. The only thing to avoid is a bunch of small partitions being used in place of folders.
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