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Transfer of Windows 7 from HDD to SSD on same computer!?

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  • Hi,

    Ordered a new Solid State Drive for my computer so it will boot faster when i install my OS onto it. I have Windows 7 currently installed onto my HDD. Problem is how do i get my OS (Windows 7) from my Hard drive to my SSD?

    Have important files on my HDD so a formatt is not an option.

     

    Mittwoch, 23. November 2011 00:47

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  • Im hoping setting the PC to boot from the SSD will cause it to ignore the old OS still on my HDD but still alow me to browse the files left on there?

    If the BIOS is set to boot from the SSD first then it will not boot from the HDD, but you will still have access to it.

     

    If you have permissions issues with files:

    How to Grant Permissions in Windows 7
    
    1. Locate the file or folder in which you want to take ownership in Windows Explorer.
    2. Right click on file or folder and select Properties from the Menu
    3. Click on the Security tab, then click the Edit button. Click OK to confirm UAC elevation request if needed.
    4. Select user/group from permission window or click add to add other user or group (you may need to do this for multiple users - ex: administrator and your own user account).
    5. Now under the Permission section check the rights which you want for the user i.e check "Full Control" under the "Allow" column to assign full access rights control permissions to the user.
    6. Click OK for changes to take effect, and click OK again to exit from the Properties window.

     

     

    ADDED:

    Will the old deactivated OS on the HDD cause any problems?

    If you only have one install of Windows using your product key you should not have problems. After transferring files your need to format/delete the old install of Windows 7.

     

    You might have to use phone activation.

    Activate Windows 7 on this computer
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/activate-windows-7-on-this-computer

    Donnerstag, 24. November 2011 02:45
  • Hi,

     

    Regarding the issue, you could install a clean Windows 7 on you SSD then use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate the data. Here is some information about Windows Easy Transfer:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

     

    Please understand, based on Microsoft software EULA, Windows isn’t allowed to be installed on two hard device with one license. Thus, you should remove Windows 7 on your HHD and active the Windows 7 on your SSD


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    Donnerstag, 24. November 2011 10:33
  • depending on the size of the partitions you use, mirroring can be an easy option (depends on which edition of w7 you use). for that approach you would mirror your hdd to the ssd, wait till the mirror is synchronized and then break the mirror again. at that point you could remove the hdd, both would have the same content
    Donnerstag, 24. November 2011 11:00

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  • You could backup your files to external storage, and transfer them back after installing to the SSD.

     

    If size is not an issue, you can make a system image of your Windows install and restore it to the SSD.

     

    You can image Windows 7 to a different hard drive, but moving to an SSD can have issues with alignment - make sure you use an imaging program that has SSD support.
     
    Acronis True Image Home 2011 fully supports SSD:
    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
     
    Paragon Migrate OS to SSD:
    http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/
     



    Reinstalling might be the better option. Also, read up about the differences of SSD.
     
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/05/05/support-and-q-a-for-solid-state-drives-and.aspx
     
    http://www.tweaktown.com/guides/3116/tweaktown_s_solid_state_drive_optimization_guide/index.html
     
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2738/10
     

    Mittwoch, 23. November 2011 00:52
  • After a lot of reading i think i have come up with a solution:

    Ringing up the Windows coustomer services to get my key deactivated, reinstall Windows 7 on the SSD and re-activate the key when its on there.

    I have a backup windows 7 disk for the install so an image wont be neccasary and all my files on the HDD are left untouched. Im hoping setting the PC to boot from the SSD will cause it to ignore the old OS still on my HDD but still alow me to browse the files left on there?

    Will the old deactivated OS on the HDD cause any problems?

    If you see any problems in this let me know please

    Thanks

    Donnerstag, 24. November 2011 01:25
  • Im hoping setting the PC to boot from the SSD will cause it to ignore the old OS still on my HDD but still alow me to browse the files left on there?

    If the BIOS is set to boot from the SSD first then it will not boot from the HDD, but you will still have access to it.

     

    If you have permissions issues with files:

    How to Grant Permissions in Windows 7
    
    1. Locate the file or folder in which you want to take ownership in Windows Explorer.
    2. Right click on file or folder and select Properties from the Menu
    3. Click on the Security tab, then click the Edit button. Click OK to confirm UAC elevation request if needed.
    4. Select user/group from permission window or click add to add other user or group (you may need to do this for multiple users - ex: administrator and your own user account).
    5. Now under the Permission section check the rights which you want for the user i.e check "Full Control" under the "Allow" column to assign full access rights control permissions to the user.
    6. Click OK for changes to take effect, and click OK again to exit from the Properties window.

     

     

    ADDED:

    Will the old deactivated OS on the HDD cause any problems?

    If you only have one install of Windows using your product key you should not have problems. After transferring files your need to format/delete the old install of Windows 7.

     

    You might have to use phone activation.

    Activate Windows 7 on this computer
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/activate-windows-7-on-this-computer

    Donnerstag, 24. November 2011 02:45
  • Hi,

     

    Regarding the issue, you could install a clean Windows 7 on you SSD then use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate the data. Here is some information about Windows Easy Transfer:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

     

    Please understand, based on Microsoft software EULA, Windows isn’t allowed to be installed on two hard device with one license. Thus, you should remove Windows 7 on your HHD and active the Windows 7 on your SSD


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    Donnerstag, 24. November 2011 10:33
  • depending on the size of the partitions you use, mirroring can be an easy option (depends on which edition of w7 you use). for that approach you would mirror your hdd to the ssd, wait till the mirror is synchronized and then break the mirror again. at that point you could remove the hdd, both would have the same content
    Donnerstag, 24. November 2011 11:00