Migrate my OS and Programs to a smaller SSD

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January 27, 2010 at 21:05:30
Specs: Windows 7
I have a lenovo desktop and it has win 7 32 bit upgrade OS on a 360 GB HDD. I would like to migrate my OS and Programs to a 40GB SSD and keep data files on teh 360GD Drive. I am curious as to what software will best perfrom the transfer of the OS and Program Files>

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January 28, 2010 at 07:14:53
Your new hard drive will come with software on a disk to make a clone of your drive ('boxed' edition, OEM edition, you will need to download) if you are using a similar size drive. I believe you will have trouble doing this in your case since you have a much larger drive to a smaller one. You might have to (Back up first) turn off system restore, use disk clean up and defrag, and use an aftermarket partitioning tool to move the files forward on the disk and then shrink the partition. If you cannot do this in one step due to other files, you may need to move them to another disk first, or on a newly created partition on the same drive, and then clean up, defrag again and shrink again. When you have a partition that is 40GIG, then you should be able to clone it. When all is right with your 40Gig drive you will still have to reconfigure/repartition the larger drive (still difficult if the data is still needed that is on it......

BETTER::: Just swap out the drives, reinstall windows and your programs on the new drive. When it is working well, reinstall the larger drive, find a temporary place for your files (on the small drive if they fit, or an external location) and reformat the larger drive. A clean install will ALWAYS be better and less problems later.
I hope that this helps you.

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January 28, 2010 at 07:25:08
I don't know of any program that will do that. Some imaging programs allow selective restore, which would get your OS on to a new drive.

The problem is that all the installed software is keyed to to C partition currently. Once you tried to separate the programs from the OS you would need to edit every single dll and possibly other items.

Doesn't sound like the easier solution. Just bite the bullet and perform a complete re-install. While you are at it, you should consider using multiple partitions on the 320GB. There are lots of good reasons why but I am too lazy to get into it now. Look at the link below for starters.


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January 28, 2010 at 08:52:41
Thank you both for your replies. Since I have an win 7 upgrade disk, how would I install that on my new drive. I haven't tried it yet but will it let me just install on a new drive? I will gladly reinstall everything on my new disk but I just assumed I could not get the OS installed to start the process. I will try if anyone has any input please reply.


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January 28, 2010 at 11:14:50
What qualifying version of Windows do you have a disk for? All you MIGHT need to do is supply that disk when prompted. You can perform a clean install. No need to install a prior version to use an upgrade version.

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January 28, 2010 at 12:03:55
"I have a lenovo desktop and it has win 7 32 bit upgrade OS on a 360 GB HDD. I would like to migrate my OS and Programs to a 40GB SSD and keep data files on teh 360GD Drive."

Easy! Shrink the 360GB down to 40GB, if your used space currently occupies less than 40GB. Then use a drive imaging program like DriveImage XML; Macrium Reflect; XXCLONE; GImageX; Clonezilla; G4L; Clone maxx to clone the shrunk 40GB volume to your SSD & setup the SSD as the primary boot device for the machine.

If not, let us know.

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January 28, 2010 at 12:26:52
So the Windows 7 DVD is a full upgrade disk? What did you upgrade from when you installed Windows 7 on the desktop computer?

I am re-reading your original post. I missed that you wanted to keep the programs on the boot partition. If everything that is on the 360GB now will fit on the 40GB then all you need to do is use cloning software from the drive manufacturer.

It is doubtful that is the case though. If the OS and programs don't use more than 30GB then just off load your personal files until you can clone the remaining files to the 40GB then copy them back.

Still think you are best off to install fresh.

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January 28, 2010 at 14:47:29
I wanted to follow up and update you all what has tanspired.

I chose to do a clean install on the 40GB SSD using my Win 7 upgrade disk (I assumed it would not allow this, but it has(so far)). My 360 gb drive has way too much "stuff" to image onto this 40 GB Drive. So now I have two functioning drives each with the same OS (At some point I must deactivate my original OS but I am still in a holding patttern. I am going to start re installing my apps office 07, quicken, quick books etc. and get everything working before I dectivate the OS on the original drive.

By the way you cannot imagine how quick this machine now boots with this SSD. WOW!

I am certain I will have more questions but for now that's all.

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January 28, 2010 at 15:02:48
I don't think you will need to register the new install. As far as Microsoft knows it is still the same one.

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January 28, 2010 at 16:38:29
Good deal on going with a fresh install.

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