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Windows 7: Partition Image - Restore from a HDD to a SSD

07 Feb 2011   #40
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Is there less than 110gb data?

Roborestore should work - but it's very laborious.

Shrink the HDD to less than 110gb before making the image.

It will restore fine to the 110gb partition


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07 Feb 2011   #41
nicolaas

Windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

Thank you for your very fast reply .

The image is around 22 gb, the data on the c drive around 47 gb.
So enough space on the hdd.
I will try to shrink the hdd to to around 110 gb and try again.

Thanks again.
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07 Feb 2011   #42
SIW2

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It has to be less than the size of the partition you want to restore it to .

Try shrinking to 90gb - for example.
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09 Feb 2011   #43
nicolaas

Windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

Thanks again.

But I'm not sure what is wrong here.
Explorer gives the following values:
Total disk space: 349 gb
Used 42,2 gb
So I assumed I could shrink to lets say 80 to 90 gb.
No, Windows gives the following values:
Total before shrinking 349 gb
Amount it can be reduced 156 gb
Give the amount you want to shrink ........
Total after shrinking 193 gb
(I have to translate what I see, I use the dutch version. Sorry for any mistakes.)

So some programs/services are blocking the shrinking proces to 90 gb partition.
I found out that the Shadow Copy storage space is max 10 gb, so that is not the reason.
Are there other programs/services that claims hd mem in win7? or do I have to use an application to achieve a 90 gb partition?.

I'm very careful at this point, because I can not install the image on a smaller partition, so if anything goes wrong, I just have to install everything on my SSD.
(Perhaps the best method after all).
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09 Feb 2011   #44
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

You need a 3rd party program like the free http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html
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28 Mar 2011   #45
utee05

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Hi,
Sorry to revive an old thread but I am trying to restore from my HDD to an SSD. In my current setup I am booting off of a 250gb HD drive. I have shrunk the partition to 60gb so this will fit on my SSD. I am looking to move this image to a 120GB SSD. Here are the steps I've done so far.

I have created an image of my old HD using Acronis THI that I downloaded for my Western Digital Drive. This image is another HD drive (Drive D) that is connected internally.

I performed a clean install of Win7 onto my SSD.

Installed Acronis THI on the SSD once I booted into Windows.

Restarted to finish install of Acronis.

Used recovery tool of Acronis to copy the image of my old HD from Drive D onto the SSD.

Acronis completed the recovery then restarted the machine.

This is where the issue is. When my machine restarted I got a BSOD and then my machine rebooted again. Then when trying to boot into windows I got an error saying hardware needed to boot not accessible (not sure exact message but something similar to this). It required me to do a repair and I did that a few times but no errors or nothing was fixed. Any idea what I am doing wrong?

Thanks
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28 Mar 2011   #46
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't use Acronis - so can't say if that is specific to the product.

It is easier to partition the SSD with windows Vista/7 disk management ( or the new Paragon products ), so correct alignment is already there.

No need to install 7 onto it.

Then use the imaging app. boot disc to restore the image to the SSD. In your case, if you are booting into 7 on the HD , you can just run the imaging app. from there to do the restore.

If you are using the new Paragon imaging app. ( even the free one ) - you don't even need to partition with Disk management first - it can align to nt6 rules anyway.

Macrium restore will follow the alignment that is already on the drive.
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28 Mar 2011   #47
utee05

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the follow up, though I am not sure why I would need to partition the SSD drive. Do I partition the SSD to I can install the HD image onto it? I thought I could just copy the image of my old HD onto the SSD. Is the issue I am seeing an alignment issue?
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28 Mar 2011   #48
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I am not familiar with Acronis - so don't know where the BSOD is acoming from.

Alignment is an important consideration - restoring an image to unallocated space with some imaging apps. won't use the nt6 rules and won't be optimally aligned for SSD.

Paragon is the only imaging app. to allow for that.

With other imaging apps. e.g. Macrium - as long as you create a properly aligned partition first - then the restore will respect that.

I don't know if Acronis does that.
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28 Mar 2011   #49
utee05

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

From what I've read I don't Acronis does properly align the disk when restoring the image to an SSD. I will give Paragon a try and create an image using that from my old HD. Then I'll go through the process again and see what happens. I presume there is a trial free version of Paragon that I can use?

Thannks
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