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Moving the boot to the SSD without making the SSD C: ?

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Hey all,

Been researching this one for a while, and haven't really found anything so I thought I'd come here to ask... I want to move the boot from my 1TB HDD to my 60GB SSD, without making the 60GB SSD C: drive. I have already installed Windows 7 Professional 64 bit on my PC - on my HDD so I'd need a way to move it without a re install (preferably).


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Boot drive is always C:\ ... Why wouldn't you want it to be C:?

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Because I have files in C which I don't want on the SSD, as my SSD is on 60GB while my HDD is 1TB
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The hdd would become your D: drive and the files would stay on it. However, the only way I know to acomplish that is with a clone. And I think you can old clone whole drives, not just part, but don't quote me on that.

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Originally Posted by nvidiaftw12 View Post

Boot drive is always C:\ ... Why wouldn't you want it to be C:?

    Not exactly always . . . when I upgraded a couple old computers to Windows XP, I had to create a small FAT partition (32 MB) for the bootloader for the ones whose BIOSes didn't recognize a NTFS boot partition.  Then I would install XP on the second partition.  Upon booting up Windows, it would be operating from "D:\Windows", and the tiny bootloader partition would be C:\ with only the "Boot.ini" "NTLDR" and "ntdetect.com" files on it.
    I don't know if that can be done in later versions of Windows, though! smile.gif
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Hey all,

Been researching this one for a while, and haven't really found anything so I thought I'd come here to ask... I want to move the boot from my 1TB HDD to my 60GB SSD, without making the 60GB SSD C: drive. I have already installed Windows 7 Professional 64 bit on my PC - on my HDD so I'd need a way to move it without a re install (preferably).


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What you actually want is different from what you are requesting.

The drive lettering is determined by the OS itself. You want your OS on your SSD so it doesn't matter what the drive letters are.

If you don't want to reinstall the OS, is your current OS install on a seperate partition on your 1TB HDD? If it is, just shrink the OS partition to around 51GB and apply the image to the SSD.

If it is not, you can do either
1) Unplug the HDD, reinstall OS on SSD, plug in HDD, set primary boot to be SSD.... done.
2) Move all your non-OS files on the HDD to a new partition, shrink OS partition, and apply image to SSD.
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