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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

07 Dec 2011   #80
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Now we are getting somewhere. You have 290GBs of stuff on your C: - far too much for the SSD

2. I do not think it is a good idea to "exclude" the files during the migration. It will be much better if we prepare the C: partition beforehand.

3. In order to do that, go into your Explorer, and right click on those folders (My Docoments, My Music, My Videos, My Pictures and Downloads). Go to Properites and tell me what the size of each of those folders is. Once we know that, we can make intelligent decisions.

4. Did you run CCleaner ??

5. Another question - do you have an external disk and how much free space is on it.


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07 Dec 2011   #81
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

From the Folders in C:
Program Files - 757 MB
Program Files (x86) -110 GB
Users - 132 GB
Windows - 20GB
Everything else is tiny

From Users:
My Document - 8.78 GB
Desktop - 121 GB (I have a folder on the desktop with all my compressed games)
Downloads - Pretty much empty
No videos, pictures, or music

And no, I do not have an external hard drive. I can try borrowing one from my housemate though

And I ran CC Cleaner just now.
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07 Dec 2011   #82
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm I think we have a bit of a difficulty. It is your games that clog up the partition. The desktop files we could move, but the program files x86 cannot be moved in 20/20 hindsight. Those guys would have to be reinstalled once you are on the SSD and directed to a program file folder on the HDD during installation. Are you prepared to do that.

But I am still missing about 30GBs to arrive at 290GB total.. I wonder where those are. Check whether those are restore points. Open an elevated (run as admin) Command Prompt and run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

Tell me what is says under Allocated.
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07 Dec 2011   #83
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There are still 2 answers you owe me:

1. did you run CCleaner
2. Do you have an external disk
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07 Dec 2011   #84
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sorry, I probably answered the two questions after an edit, so you didn't see it.

But yes, and yes (I'd have to borrow, and it prob would have around 200GB of space to be worked with)

So I wouldn't be able to exclude the (x86) when prompted? Or if I find a external storage, can I just back up all those folders of installed games (how about the ones on the desktop [compressed ones])

As long as I have the compressed files, it's easy to re-install them back to C, so I guess I can just delete the games in C and leave stuff like office and other apps.

Under Allocated I have 13.7 GB
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07 Dec 2011   #85
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Again, depending on the "exclude" during the migration is not a good idea. Let's prepare C: first so that it fits on the SSD.

2. Saving the installed games folders in x86 programs will not help - they will be of no use once you migrated to the SSD. Those Games will have to be reinstalled. You have to uninstall them before the migration. But use the REVO uninstaller and check the "Advanced Option" during the uninstall. That way you can get rid of all the registry entries and games files during the second step of the uninstaller.

3. Your compressed games files on the desktop you have to move. Either to an external drive (where I still do no know whether you have one), or you have to shrink C: hoping you get enough space for a new partition to where you can move them.

4. We found 13GB in the shadowstorage. Get rid of it. The command is:

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=300MB

5. Try to shrink C: and let me know whether there would be enough space for a new partition where we could park the desktop games foders.
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07 Dec 2011   #86
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ok I got rid of the shadow storage.
And I have a feeling that you might of miss read a little bit from the previous posts, but anyhow.

Here I am trying to move my compressed games along with couple of misc. items from "My Stuff"



but I'm definitely missing something. Am I simply making this operation too complex? As I don't see the location tab. I'm continue to try to fiddle with it and delete stuff from x86 in the mean time with the revouninstaller.
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07 Dec 2011   #87
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Here I am trying to move my compressed games along with couple of misc. items from "My Stuff"

To where are you moving it.
Quote:
Am I simply making this operation too complex? As I don't see the location tab. I'm continue to try to fiddle with it and delete stuff from x86 in the mean time with the revouninstaller
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Forget the location tab. Just move the files out if C: and uninstall the programs.
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07 Dec 2011   #88
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I am trying to move "My Stuff" into a new partition "F" as instructed on the tutorial.
Heres what Revo looks like afterwards:


And here's the folder sizes (I deleted files from "My stuff"):


And I just went ahead and moved the folder "My Stuff" to F by simply cut and pasting
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07 Dec 2011   #89
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are doing good. How big is the total C: partition now.
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