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    Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    Hi,

    I'm running Windows 7 on a Core i7 920 system, on a 1 Terabyte Western Digital Drive.

    I just bought a 160gb Intel X25-M SSD drive.

    I want to clone the 1 Terabyte Drive (which currently has about 110gb occupied), and move it to the SSD. I currently have a backup image of the current drive on Macrium Reflect.

    - Is there an easy way to clone as described above? (I want to avoid the hassle of a complete re-install of Windows 7).

    - Can I use the Macrium rescue CD to simply copy the image to the SSD even though the drive sizes are different (1 terabyte WD hard drive to 160gb Intel X25-M).


    Many thanks for your insights!


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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    Windows 7 has a pretty decent built in backup feature.
    Connect an external drive if you have one and backup you install using "backup and restore" (just do a start menu search for backup).

    You have to burn a recovery disc (an option from the backup menu).
    Then boot from the backup disc with the SSD installed and restore your backup. You may want to check out things like defrag, indexing and superfetch, to make sure they are disabled. You don't want to waste right cycles.

    If you have any questions about using the backup functionality the Windows help is actually pretty decent.

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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    I have a variation on the same question. I just bought a Lenovo Y550P with Windows 7 and a 550GB HDD. The HD has two partitions, one of which is a "hidden" 40GB partition for restoration s/w and images.

    After the first of the year I intend to replace the HDD with a 160GB Intel X25-M. What disk utility can I use to clone both partitions to an external USB drive and then clone them back onto the new SDD in such a way that the system software doesn't get confused? In other words, how can I make the HHD-to-SSD swap transparent to the system?

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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    From what I've used, Acronis True Image HD clones all partitions on a disk directly to an SSD even if the disk you're cloning from is bigger than the SSD (you do however need enough free space on the partitions to copy over all the useful data. If there's more data on the source drive than the SSD can store, it will not proceed)

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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    Acronis does an excellent job of cloning.

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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    Quote Originally Posted by superj View Post
    Windows 7 has a pretty decent built in backup feature.
    Connect an external drive if you have one and backup you install using "backup and restore" (just do a start menu search for backup).

    You have to burn a recovery disc (an option from the backup menu).
    Then boot from the backup disc with the SSD installed and restore your backup. You may want to check out things like defrag, indexing and superfetch, to make sure they are disabled. You don't want to waste right cycles.

    If you have any questions about using the backup functionality the Windows help is actually pretty decent.
    This won't work unless the HD you copy to is larger than the HD you made the image from.

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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    That's why Acronis is pretty much the only choice, since it manages shrinking partitions onto smaller drives pretty easily.

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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    i just bought an 80gb x25m and am going to be doing the same, but cloning my 74gb craptor.

    i'm not all too worried about the cloning process as i should be able to figure out the windows solution and i have acronis true image as a backup, my question is besides updating the firmware is there anything else i should do to the ssd before putting windows on it?

    do people still suggest adjusting cluster sizes? or s the stock default configuration just fine?
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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    Check the firmware ver. before you install, it is in the upper right hand corner 02HA is what mine came with, update to 02HD.

    Download the toolbox, toolbox guide, read all the literature before installing.

    Physically I did nothing to the drive before installing in windows 7.

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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stugg View Post
    Check the firmware ver. before you install, it is in the upper right hand corner 02HA is what mine came with, update to 02HD.

    Download the toolbox, toolbox guide, read all the literature before installing.

    Physically I did nothing to the drive before installing in windows 7.
    thanks, ill check out the toolbox, heard it was mostly useful for vista and xp users though?
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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    I use the ssd optimizer from the tool box,they recommend once a week but I do it every day.The tools will also give you other information and diagnostics that you can use.

    After you get your drive installed, install the ssd toolbox, it is self-explanatory and easy to use. Read the .pdf for the toolbox users guide.

    You may want to read this:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/win...-ssd,7717.html

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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stugg View Post
    I use the ssd optimizer from the tool box,they recommend once a week but I do it every day.The tools will also give you other information and diagnostics that you can use.

    After you get your drive installed, install the ssd toolbox, it is self-explanatory and easy to use. Read the .pdf for the toolbox users guide.

    You may want to read this:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/win...-ssd,7717.html
    does the optimizer just do trim like commands in vista and xp?

    i'm in win7 so trim should just work for me.
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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    You may be teaching me something here. That's why I love this forum.
    Read this:
    http://www.ithinkdiff.com/how-to-ena...-installation/

    On my board which is an Asus p5k-e in the bios there was not an option for AHCI, until I did the above.

    Then I read this:
    http://download.intel.com/support/ss...aper_rev_2.pdf

    Go to this header: System and SSD Requirements.

    So it depends how you have it set up in your bios so the driver for native os support for trim is enabled will determine weather you have to use the ssd optimizer or not.

    Maybe someone else on the forum could "chime" in and explain in more detail. All I know is that the way I have it set up is working great without problems, and possibly I don't have to use the ssd optimizer.

    I'm at a learning curve here also with the ssd drives since I have only had it installed for about 2 weeks.

    I have mine set to AHCI and I use the ssd optimizer, haven't had any problems, but looks like according to this you don't have to, only for vista or xp.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    there's always something new to be learned!

    i'll take a look at those links in a bit, but i'm pretty sure win7 should take care of everything else trim wise.
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    Re: Cloning Windows 7 From Hard Drive to Intel X25M SSD - Best Way?

    I believe it will.

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