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Hello all,

I'd like to upgrade my rig by adding a SSD and keeping it for just the install of Windows 7 and the page file file.

My question is: is there any way I can move my current install from my 1.5 TB HDD to the 64 GB SSD? I'd like to avoid a reinstall since I don't want to have to reinstall all other programs currently installed on top of doing a Windows reinstall.

I tried to look for the information, but either it's not possible at all or it's very hard to find

Thanks for any help
post #2 of 9
Without knowing all your system specs all I can really do is speculate.

The best bet would be to image just your system state and do a restore of that to the 64 drive, although that can potentially lead to problems.

Truth be told you should almost always to a clean install to avoid any potential issues.
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Reinstall windows to the SSD and save yourself from a headache. Also make sure only the SSD is plugged in. Moving windows install just lead to problems v
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You can do it but SSDs need to be set to AHCI mode so it really is best to re-install.
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It is doable, but much easier just having a fresh install and then copy the programs over.
 
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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by poilbrun View Post
Hello all,

I'd like to upgrade my rig by adding a SSD and keeping it for just the install of Windows 7 and the page file file.

My question is: is there any way I can move my current install from my 1.5 TB HDD to the 64 GB SSD? I'd like to avoid a reinstall since I don't want to have to reinstall all other programs currently installed on top of doing a Windows reinstall.

I tried to look for the information, but either it's not possible at all or it's very hard to find

Thanks for any help
The only real problem you will have doing this is is dealing with all the extra stuff you have on the 1.5 that you dont want to move to the SSD.

Best way you can do this is to get an external drive and move all the extra stuff to it but leave the windows installation and programs / then you can use a program like acronis to copy the 1.5 drive to the 64gb drive and have it resize based on ratio.

Now if you dont have more than 64gb in use on the 1.5 you can just skip the backup and use the program to copy the drive and be done.

Finally once you get into windows you will want to enable trim and make sure your new drive is set to use AHCI


Its really not a difficult procedure.
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Reinstall windows to the SSD and save yourself from a headache. Also make sure only the SSD is plugged in. Moving windows install just lead to problems v
I've cloned and switched my drives many times and have never run into an issue.

Moving a drive to a different system is a nightmare but cloning the data from the same machine to a new drive and going right back into that machine is very straight forward.
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You can use clonezilla or easus todo back up to clone/make a system image of the OS and mirror it on the new SSD.

When you get your SSD also be sure to read this:

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Originally Posted by poilbrun View Post
Hello all,

I'd like to upgrade my rig by adding a SSD and keeping it for just the install of Windows 7 and the page file file.

My question is: is there any way I can move my current install from my 1.5 TB HDD to the 64 GB SSD? I'd like to avoid a reinstall since I don't want to have to reinstall all other programs currently installed on top of doing a Windows reinstall.

I tried to look for the information, but either it's not possible at all or it's very hard to find

Thanks for any help
Take a look this thread http://www.overclock.net/windows/505...ndows-7-a.html

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694
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