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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

2 Weeks Ago   #880
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
For transferring to another HDD just:
1) Make a system image using a reliable program like Macrium Reflect (free)
2) Make the Macrium rescue disc
3) Temporarily disconnect other internal drives
4) Connect your new HDD where the original was
5) Boot the Macrium rescue disc and restore the image
6) Check Windows boots
7) Use Windows disc management or Partition Wizard mini tool to extend any unallocated space on the new HDD.
8) Reconnect any other drives

HDDs don't need alignment or trim like SSDs.
I don't why people insist on going about this the hard way. Cloning, using Macrium Reflect Free, is a simple, one step process that has never failed me when transferring an HDD with the OS installed on it to an SSD. It also works just fine when transferring from an HDD to another HDD. This the way I do it.

1. Put the new drive (SSD or HDD) into a USB dock and connect it to the computer (if there is room for it, you can temporarily install the new drive inside the computer although there is a bit more work to that).
2. Run Macrium Reflect, setting it to clone the original drive to the one in the dock. You can continue to use the computer during the process or just walk away until the clone is finished.
3. Swap out the original drive with the newly cloned drive and boot up.
4. Correct any partition letters as needed.
5. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard (the free verison works just fine for this) to extend any partitions as needed, if needed.

This way is faster with fewer steps and no intermediary drive is needed to store an image

Although I don't believe it is necessary, it wouldn't hurt to disconnect any other drives until the process is finished. Better safe than sorry.

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2 Weeks Ago   #881

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I don't why people insist on going about this the hard way.....
Imaging is my preference for various reasons and it's not at all hard. I think it provides the greatest protection for people new to this exercise. Also you should have a number of system images anyway.
I saw the OP ask twice for some guidance so I generously responded.

You can use cloning if you want but you may still need some disk management cleanup if moving to a larger HDD. I would recommend that you then make a system image.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #882

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit

Thanks for the prompt responses.

I am still weighing cloning vs. imaging.

What is the advantage of the Macrium software vs. the Microsoft firmware (e.g. Windows Backup)?
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