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Q: can i move current OS SSD into a new build, as is or not? more inside pls and thx

post #1 of 7
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hello, got all my parts now in for new build.

here is the situation. I dual boot win7 and Linux ( used wubi so as to maintain the win boot loader and not have grub take over) . with that said.

can i build the rig out and place the current OS SSD (120GB ocz vertex 3) into the build and boot from it? I wonder if there would be hardware issues? and if I had all necessary drivers.

if i can't just simply do that , what other choices do I have OTHER than clean install, and starting over from scratch?

perhaps something to clone, image the drive with say acronis true image, to a backup (psychically seperate HD) , then move the SSD over to new build , as well as the seperate backup drive, and run the restore of image? without any fresh install of win7?

or perhaps clean install win7 and run the acronis true image to repopulate the new install with all the old files and settings?

this is win7 64 bit as well as ubuntu 64 bit.

I will assume that boot menu and all needed things are in the image acronis will make will be in order and work, if that is the route I must take.

I'm "hoping" I don't have to do anytthing but move the ssd to new build but thinking it may just be too good to be true.

please advise, thanks for your time, I appreciate it.
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90% of the time with a windows install if you change a drastic amount of hardware you need to do a fresh install

I know nothing of Linux OS tho sorry.


EDIT: I've even had to do a fresh install after changing motherboard only.
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Originally Posted by Kerelm View Post

90% of the time with a windows install if you change a drastic amount of hardware you need to do a fresh install
I know nothing of Linux OS tho sorry.
EDIT: I've even had to do a fresh install after changing motherboard only.

It is really hit and miss indeed. I had one installation that I carried over from a x48 to x58 to z68 platform and still worked fine weirdly enough. However, this is more of an exception probably and it is always best is if you do a fresh install when changing hardware.
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it depends really, usually if you upgrading and staying with the same cpu manufacturer and chipset manufacturer you are okay and just have to install a few mobo drivers. (that is the above poster didn't have to reinstall his OS) any thing else usually requires you to go in to windows and set to redo the final os setup next time it's booted (so it can detect the new hardware you are moving the os to).

Linux I might expect to handle it pretty well because the only reason it is problem on windows is mainly DRM/Security.
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post #5 of 7
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thanks for the replies guys. I will research more, my options ( if any ) and report back if anything is determined to work, short of a square one, clean install. I shudder at that thought lol

my guess is someone has made the tools to do this as I am certain I'm not the only one wishing to accomplish this for a new pc build.

"build it and they will come" wink.gif
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well success, I have my old ssd installed and booting both win7 and linux smile.gif there were a few bumps along the way but at the end of the day I have done it biggrin.gif:D:D , issues I had were related to OS activation/registration, I will not discuss it wink.gif . After that it was issues with networking (my G1 sniper 3 has two lan ports by different makers than the original rig had, that was actually the trickiest bit to sort out. its a good thing I have both win7 and ubuntu as through the process one would work at least part way, and the value of having a bootable linux dvd (with networking) can NOT be over looked.

in a nut shell, acronis true image has released their 2013 version and with it a seperate purchase addon called "plus pack" which is specifically made for migrate/transfer of your ATIH backup to a new build, regardless of the hardware. the boot cd with plus pack is what I actually used to accomplish this, gathering the ATIH backup from my extenal hd that I connected to the new build.

first I have two of the same ssd (i was going to raid them be decided against it) used the boot cd to restore to the new ssd ( it has format option as well) , then trial and error and back and forth a bit with the two ssd's , trying one then the other, on each one os would boot and work but not the other. I updated drivers for mobo from the mobo included disk.

and finally after a day of head pounding and scratching I have my original ssd with both win7 and ubuntu still dual booting and NOTHING LOST! I'm a bit surprised and quite happy I was able to pull this off , despite conventional wisdom. ATIH2013 and its plus pack has " changed the game " so to speak.

I hope this is at least in some way helpful to the next person looking for how they can accomplish the same thing I have , thanks and good day wink.gifthumb.gif

here are the links to the software http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/

and the gem http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/#add-migration

you mileage may vary, but I have had a dozen reboots into both OS with NO ISSUES, *knocks on wood biggrin.gifthumb.gif
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Sounds like you needed to install a few drivers after reactivating. sounds like you switched keeping the same chipset manufacturers.
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