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I am going to migrate my girlfriend's Windows 7 PC to use my previously used (but replaced with a Crucial M4 128GB) Intel 320 80GB SSD as it's boot drive instead of the current HDD that is installed. I seem to recall that there is a utility I should use on the previously used SSD which will not only erase it, but bring it back to "like new" speed. Can anyone point me to that utility and/or provide any other suggestions on migrating from an HDD to an SSD? I will be using True Image Home 2012, which is installed on her PC already, to clone her HDD to the SSD. After the cloning process, will I need to re-align the SSD?

Thanks!
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Check out Sean's SSD thread for info about the erase, something similar to a secure "all 0" erase might work, double check in that thread first.

and why migrate? just re-install on the ssd and plug in the hdd to pull the important files off of the HDD.
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Check out Sean's SSD thread for info about the erase, something similar to a secure "all 0" erase might work, double check in that thread first.
and why migrate? just re-install on the ssd and plug in the hdd to pull the important files off of the HDD.

Thanks.

Why migrate? Too many programs and customizations already on the HDD to reinstall and/or configure. In order to shrink everything to fit on the SSD, I will already have pulled all data off the HDD before I clone.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration


Since you have True Image you can just use that instead of the easeus todo back up software.

How to: Migrate from OS install on old HDD/SSD to a smaller new SSD/HDD
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
  • You will need:
    • EaseUs Partition Master (link)
    • EaseUs ToDo Backup (link)
    • A place to backup the data/partition(s)
    • A USB (2GB or larger) or a CD to burn the bootable emergency disk

  • Before you back up your system partition(s):

    1. Shrink the old OS partition if your new drive is smaller than the old OS partition.
    2. If the partition is larger than the new drive after you shrink it then you have to move all your personal data off the partition.
    3. Move all personal files to another drive such as pictures, videos, music, documents, and Steam, gamesaves, etc. Check out my maintenance section, run ccleaner, discleanup, etc. and disable the hibernation file and disable/shrink the page file. If still not small enough you have to uninstall large programs and/or games and re-install them after you restore the system image.
    4. If you do not have a secondary drive to move your data to you will have to make a new partition on the in the unallocated space. Then do the above and move your data. You may have to keep shrinking and expanding the partitions as you do this depending on how much free space you have on your drive.
    5. When you are done moving the data then you should be about the right size to make system image to restore to the drive.


    How to: Change the size of a drive's partition(s):


  • Backup the system partition(s):
    Now this is when you actually back up the partition(s). If you have a Microsoft System Reserve Partition (usually 100MB) you can either choose to back it up with your C: partition or delete it before. To delete the Microsoft System Reserve Partition follow this guide: (link)


    How to back up the system partition(s):


  • Restore the partition(s) to the new drive:
    Now here is where you will be changing out the old drive and the new drive.

    1. Make the bootable emergency disk.
    2. Shut down and change out the drives.
    3. Boot from the emergency disk and start the recovery.


    How to make the bootable emergency disk and recover the partition(s):


  • System setup after restoration:
    Finally, go through my "Now It's Time For The System Set Up!" section of my optimization guide and make sure you run W.E.I.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration
Since you have True Image you can just use that instead of the easeus todo back up software.
How to: Migrate from OS install on old HDD/SSD to a smaller new SSD/HDD Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
  • You will need:
    • EaseUs Partition Master (link)
    • EaseUs ToDo Backup (link)
    • A place to backup the data/partition(s)
    • A USB (2GB or larger) or a CD to burn the bootable emergency disk
  • Before you back up your system partition(s):
    1. Shrink the old OS partition if your new drive is smaller than the old OS partition.
    2. If the partition is larger than the new drive after you shrink it then you have to move all your personal data off the partition.
    3. Move all personal files to another drive such as pictures, videos, music, documents, and Steam, gamesaves, etc. Check out my maintenance section, run ccleaner, discleanup, etc. and disable the hibernation file and disable/shrink the page file. If still not small enough you have to uninstall large programs and/or games and re-install them after you restore the system image.
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    5. When you are done moving the data then you should be about the right size to make system image to restore to the drive.
    How to: Change the size of a drive's partition(s):
  • Backup the system partition(s):
    Now this is when you actually back up the partition(s). If you have a Microsoft System Reserve Partition (usually 100MB) you can either choose to back it up with your C: partition or delete it before. To delete the Microsoft System Reserve Partition follow this guide: (link)
    How to back up the system partition(s):
  • Restore the partition(s) to the new drive:
    Now here is where you will be changing out the old drive and the new drive.
    1. Make the bootable emergency disk.
    2. Shut down and change out the drives.
    3. Boot from the emergency disk and start the recovery.
    How to make the bootable emergency disk and recover the partition(s):
  • System setup after restoration:
    Finally, go through my "Now It's Time For The System Set Up!" section of my optimization guide and make sure you run W.E.I.

Thanks Sean! Do you know if True Image Home will align things properly on the SSD?
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Thanks Sean! Do you know if True Image Home will align things properly on the SSD?

After a quick Google, it appears it will. Please correct me if this is wrong.
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One more thing...should I do anything to the old, previouly used SSD before I clone or just not worry about it? I'm not so much worried about secure erasing it as I am concerned about refreshing it to like new speed. But then again, I only used it for a couple months before I replaced it with a Crucial M4 128GB so it did not get a lot of use.
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Don't worry about secure erasing and yes true image will align it properly.
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Don't worry about secure erasing and yes true image will align it properly.

Once again, THANKS! thumb.gif
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