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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

05 Jan 2016   #870
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Remember, this is not as if Windows isn't booting as the methods you supplied links too.

The problem is, I have a SSD to which is empty; I have a back up on an external drive, and I want to restore the backup which contains Windows and more to the new SSD but, my WinPE disc won't boot so I can restore the backup. I'm going to do another attempt at the WinPE, hoping one works.


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06 Jan 2016   #871
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Make a system restore disk maybe on another PC. Restore your image to the new SSD. A major disadvantage with the Windows inbuilt imaging is you that cannot reimage to a smaller drive irrespective of the amount of data you have imaged. For example if you make a Windows system image from a 1TB partition and want reimage to a 250GB SSD it will not work. There are work arounds but they are fiddly.
Here is a fiddly approach:
recovery to smaller hard drive
Note that Macrium is now at V6 but the same procedure should work.
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10 Jan 2016   #872
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Solved. Updated correct rescue disc.
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10 Jan 2016   #873
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Good to hear
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25 Mar 2017   #874
Michael33

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Please help me discover why Partition Wizard didn't make my new SSD bootable. I ran it through their "Move OS to SSD/HDD" wizard. I made doubly sure the origin and destination drives were correct. They said it would be bootable when completed, but it wasn't. The first time I tried this, PW said the operation was successful, but the SSD wasn't listed in BIOS. The second time I did it, PW also said the operation was successful, but this time it did appear in BIOS. So I moved it to the top and tried to boot to it. It brought me to the screen that says there was a problem with Windows and gives you the option of using a system repair disc or starting Windows normally. Trying to start it normally just brings me back to the same screen - until I change boot order back to HDD.

Maybe I'm missing an obvious step. I know there are the manual steps presented in this tutorial, but doesn't PW take care of all that? Or do I need to do some of it? Below is a screen shot of Disk Manager. Disk 1 is the SSD.

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System-diskmgr.png


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25 Mar 2017   #875
Shredder11

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

I personally have always used the method mentioned in the opening post of this topic which has never let me down yet and I have done many OS transfers to SSD drives with it since 2013. It's also very cheap to buy.



2.The easy way for transferring the OS requires you to purchase this program. It does everything for you alignment, deals with the 100MB partition, transfers C:, shrinks the originating partition, etc. All you will have to do is change the boot sequence.

Note: Before you activate the SSD, it is recommended to set the BIOS to AHCI. Best time to do that is just before you change the boot sequence. Once Windows7 is running, you make the corresponding settings in the OS. Here is a tutorial on how to do that.
Many people claim that there is a significant performance gain with AHCI. I, however, did not see that. But it may be different from system to system.
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25 Mar 2017   #876
Michael33

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

PROBLEM SOLVED:

I visited PW's website and saw a tech suggesting to someone else who had the same problem that they should try installing the SSD directly into the drive bay and boot from there instead of booting via USB (which I was going to do anyway, but wanted to see if it was bootable first). That did the trick! For some reason it doesn't like booting via USB, even though my SEAGATE will boot just fine via USB - albeit it is an external drive. Maybe that makes the difference.

Hope this helps anyone else with the same problem. Cheers!
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