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Hello Majic

Your SSD Tutorials are outstanding. Thank you for that.

Not much discussion on moving existing Win7 64bit Ultimate from HD to new SSD. New install would be best of course. However, is there a good safe way to simply move current OS & Programs to new SSD?

Have a really good system now and would like to retain as it is runing very well.

Example:
First two HD are Raid 0 with OS & Programs.
Second HD is for data storage .
Third External HD for Backup.

Would like to install Intel G2 120gig SSD and move all current data from drive C to SSD.

Any comments or suggestions appreciated.

Happy New Year!

Take care. Jim
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Not much discussion on moving existing Win7 64bit Ultimate from HD to new SSD.
I can't imagine how many reasons there are NOT to try that! Just TOO, TOO Many!

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move all current data from drive C to SSD.
I'm curious as to what you mean by data. SSD should be saved for OS and Programs, data with heavy seek-access being relegated to traditional mechanical hard drives.

Please, my friend, Do a Clean Install of OS and Programs ONLY on the SSD.

From my experience there is just so much information packed into Magic-Man's "treatise" that I personally needed to highlight, make notes and study it. But then I'm often said to be crazy.
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Example:
First two HD are Raid 0 with OS & Programs.

Fresh install is a sure thing. Just trying to save some time & not spend to many wheels.
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Nice info here- Thanks!
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Hope I did not offend. I'm kind of a well-read idiot-savante when it comes to SSD's but I do know a fresh install is ALWAYS best. That much I have learned from experience, having tried just about everything, especially when wiser people say it can't be done.

Magic-Man is one helluva gentleman and would most certainly welcome a PM on the subject, especially RAID setup (about which I know nothing because I just don't need RAID).

Just like me, though, MM just got out of the hospital with some heavy-duty surgery so give him time to reply. He most certainly will.
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Like was stated earlier, a fresh install of the OS and all software that is resident on the new SSD drive (or any drive for that matter) is ALWAYS a good idea. I've been in the computer systems business (I'm a Systems Admin for a huge gov't agency - spell that DoD) for over 20 years and have tried many approaches!

ALWAYS GO FOR THE FRESH LOAD, whenever possible...
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No offence taken incurablegeek.

Without question, Magic-Man is one helluva gentleman.

I completely understand what it is like when one is in recovery. I had a total left hip replaced Dec 1 and it hurts and throb's way to much. Ice packs and pills help some but..

Wanted to use some recovery time to get this SSD working and sure enough not liking the ideal of wipeing out a good running system.
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Hello Majic

Your SSD Tutorials are outstanding. Thank you for that.

Not much discussion on moving existing Win7 64bit Ultimate from HD to new SSD. New install would be best of course. However, is there a good safe way to simply move current OS & Programs to new SSD?

Have a really good system now and would like to retain as it is runing very well.

Example:
First two HD are Raid 0 with OS & Programs.
Second HD is for data storage .
Third External HD for Backup.

Would like to install Intel G2 120gig SSD and move all current data from drive C to SSD.

Any comments or suggestions appreciated.

Happy New Year!

Take care. Jim
Edit: Let me say it this way... I certainly DO NOT recommend you do the copy, but I show the steps since you asked if it was possible and how Use easy transfer instead and reinstall the OS to the SSD. You will be MUCH happier with me and your performance!

While I recommend fully reinstalling Windows and your apps to the SSD, there IS a way to restore an image from Hard disk to SSD, but it takes some extra steps to do so.
Here is what I did when I migrated to SSD:
A) Make a FULL IMAGE BACKUP of the DRIVE including the volume(s) to be copied to SSD (ALL volumes on that disk). This is just in case something goes wrong, which it very well could.
B) AFTER the backup is done, remove any partition(s) that are not going to be moved. Leave the 100 meg partition intact.
C) Shrink the OS partition down to an amount 1-2 gigs smaller than the SSD. You can expand the partition to the right size after it is imaged to the SSD on first boot.
D) Make an image backup of the 2 partitions to copy.
E) Restore them to SSD
F) run a REPAIR install on the SSD to set the windows options properly.
G) expand the windows partition to the size of the SSD remaining
My main concern would be the drive alignment doing it this way... My migration had it already, since I knew I was going to SSD soon and set up the hard drive as if it were an SSD.

Personally, I find it quicker and SAFER to simply reinstall the OS and install the programs I want to it.
Don't forget: Windows has a GREAT migration program: Easy Transfer in accessories/system tools. It works very well in Windows 7!

My setup:
Vertex LE is the Windows drive. OS and all program files.
500G Seagate is my data drive and long term storage of stuff I MAY need later (like installers, etc).
Edited by magic-man - 1/3/11 at 6:03pm
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