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Is it ok to restore an SSD image from HDD back to a SSD drive?

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Hi all,

I want to install windows 8, but before I do that I'd like to create myself an image of my entire SSD drive incase and I want to go back to windows 7.

I have Acronis image boot CD and I want to create the image and store it on my external HDD.
Now, I know that SSD and HDD data blocks size are different so my question is, will it be ok if I restore my SSD image which is stored on my external HDD?

Hope I was clear enough smile.gif

Thanks!
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As long as you use a program that is SSD aware it'll be fine. Acronis should be no problem unless you have a really old version. I did exactly what you said, and pushed the image back to the SSD when Win 8 was crapping out my second monitor, and it worked fine. I used the WD version of Acronis.

Edit: Actually, I cloned the drive, not an image, but I imagine it would still work fine. I have restored to a SSD from a Win 7 built-in backup and restore image and that was fine so you could use that instead of Acronis if you wanted.
Edited by Forceman - 8/18/13 at 12:32am
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I have Acronis 2010 so I have no idea if it's SSD aware.

My issue with using the built-in backup of Win7 is that my user folders are stored on my internal HDD instead of the SSD. I do so in order to avoid clogging the SSD with personal files which do not benefit from SSD speeds and for any reason the SSD will fail I will still be able to maintain my personal files.

When using the built-it Win7 backup, it cannot image the SSD because the personal folders are on the HDD.

What do you reckon I should do in that case?
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I literally just did this an hour ago. imaged one SSD raid array onto my Mirror and then Imaged to another larger single drive. I did not use Sector by sector. It worked no problem with Acronis home 2011. I imagine 2010 would work the same.
Edited by t_russell - 8/18/13 at 4:56pm
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Originally Posted by Gil80 View Post

I have Acronis 2010 so I have no idea if it's SSD aware.

My issue with using the built-in backup of Win7 is that my user folders are stored on my internal HDD instead of the SSD. I do so in order to avoid clogging the SSD with personal files which do not benefit from SSD speeds and for any reason the SSD will fail I will still be able to maintain my personal files.

When using the built-it Win7 backup, it cannot image the SSD because the personal folders are on the HDD.

What do you reckon I should do in that case?

I have all my personal folders on a different drive also and I still am able to use the win 7 back-up and restore my SSD with no problems!!
post #6 of 8
yes, it's OK.

did that dozens of times. I use free Acronis IT WD edition, it only requires presence of any WD hard drive (can be external) to work with all the rest like RAID arrays and different vendor drives in AHCI and such. it even works for EFI partitions.

http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119

you can either do a full backup and then restore or use the cloning option. it works marvels and resizes partitions on the fly too in case size mismatch was detected (it can resize up and down too as long as free space isn't an issue). it's my favorite free tool, never a problem with it!
Edited by feniks - 8/18/13 at 10:06pm
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Originally Posted by Gil80 View Post

I have Acronis 2010 so I have no idea if it's SSD aware.

My issue with using the built-in backup of Win7 is that my user folders are stored on my internal HDD instead of the SSD. I do so in order to avoid clogging the SSD with personal files which do not benefit from SSD speeds and for any reason the SSD will fail I will still be able to maintain my personal files.

When using the built-it Win7 backup, it cannot image the SSD because the personal folders are on the HDD.

What do you reckon I should do in that case?

You could try mapping the personal folders back to an empty folder on the SSD, then after you finish you can remap them back to the real folders. I have my folders on a second drive also, but I used a symbolic link to map it so I didn't have any problems.
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Thanks everyone! I'll try your suggestions as soon as I'm mentally ready to install Win8 and get permission from my wife to have the weekend for installing, customizing and tweaking biggrin.gif
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