Solved How to mirror Windows 7 desktop SSDs?

March 8, 2015 at 16:01:39
Specs: Windows 7
My current 90GB SSD is used for my OS (Win 7). It is full and I purchased a new 240GB SSD and want to mirror the drive and then use the 240 as the primary.

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March 8, 2015 at 16:41:38
OK most disks non-SSDs have suitable software included (or it can be downloaded from their websites) which allow you to clone the old drive to the new.

http://tinyurl.com/l35gbo6

may be of interest...

And this post from here a we while back may be even better:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answe...

Equally:

http://www.maximumpc.com/how_clone_...

and this one even offers/includes a free util to do it all:

http://tinyurl.com/pvl8nh5

As you can see there is need to use some form of cloning util. There are full blown utilities such as Acronis and Easus to name but two; but the above links may allow other approaches?

BUT.. first duplicate "all" your important files - and if possible details of any software keys too) to external media (DVD at least); and keep safe. This is just to ensure that if "anything" goes amiss at least your data is safe elsewhere.Check the copies are truly accessible too - before proceeding with any cloning etc...



#1
March 8, 2015 at 16:12:12
Do you mean mirror as in a RAID environment; or clone one drive to another and then set as the new drive as first boot device?

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#2
March 8, 2015 at 16:17:43
Yes I mean clone. I want to clone the 90 GB SSD to the new 240GB SSD and then use the 240 SSD as the boot drive and remove the 90 GB SSD.

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#3
March 8, 2015 at 16:35:09
There's a 30 day trial here:
http://www.acronis.com/en-us/homeco...

But keep watching for other options.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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March 8, 2015 at 16:41:38
✔ Best Answer
OK most disks non-SSDs have suitable software included (or it can be downloaded from their websites) which allow you to clone the old drive to the new.

http://tinyurl.com/l35gbo6

may be of interest...

And this post from here a we while back may be even better:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answe...

Equally:

http://www.maximumpc.com/how_clone_...

and this one even offers/includes a free util to do it all:

http://tinyurl.com/pvl8nh5

As you can see there is need to use some form of cloning util. There are full blown utilities such as Acronis and Easus to name but two; but the above links may allow other approaches?

BUT.. first duplicate "all" your important files - and if possible details of any software keys too) to external media (DVD at least); and keep safe. This is just to ensure that if "anything" goes amiss at least your data is safe elsewhere.Check the copies are truly accessible too - before proceeding with any cloning etc...


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#5
March 8, 2015 at 16:54:15
General review here:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/bes...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
March 8, 2015 at 19:47:40
Is this a laptop or a desktop? If it's a desktop, why are you using the SSD for "everything"? A 90GB SSD should be plenty big enough if it's used properly. It should be used for the OS & maybe 1 or 2 important programs, but not for file storage, videos, or games. A standard mechanical drive should be used for those things.

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#7
March 8, 2015 at 20:22:58
Riider,
I am only using it for my OS and it is a desktop. I currently have an SSD, main drive ( for all programs), and a third for storage. I do not know why the SSD filled up quickly. It says I have 993 MB left on the drive. I have gone through the drive to make sure that I have not installed any unnecessary programs on there and I cant find any on there.

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#8
March 9, 2015 at 08:29:58
Check the pagefile and hibernation files. If the pagefile is set to "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" the file can get very large. I prefer setting "System managed size," and moving the pagefile off of the OS partition.

You could also disable hibernation.


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#9
March 9, 2015 at 14:08:41
First, most SSD mfg/s should have cloning software available free of charge if you purchase the drive from them.
Second, I have a larger SSD but I am only using 55GB for Windows, Office, all my utilities, and most of my programs including a few games. I set the paging file (virtual memory) to 4GB on the SSD drive and another 4GB on the HD, this way I have the fastest available virtual memory and more if needed. I reset the System Restore to 10% of the drive, turned off Indexing for the SSD drive, confirmed that Defrag was off for the SSD, and a few other optimizations. Look here for more tips for Windows 7 and SSD's:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/...
You do not need to follow everything he does, just read each optimization and the reasons and see if it make sense for you. Somewhere you or Windows is wasting drive space so it would be to your advantage to figure it out. Maybe you do not need that larger SSD after all.
Edit: It cannot hurt to also run Disk Clean Up on the SSD.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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#10
March 10, 2015 at 00:25:02
if you mean clone, you can choose a third-party software to help you clone data forma old hard drive to a new one. aomei backupper can clone partition or disk to another destination. Or if you need to migrate os to SSD, its partition assistant is also recommendable. In addition, acronis is also great.

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