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<a class= Oct 21, 2011, 07:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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In a nutshell that's what I want.

One of my clients wants to get a SSD and run his OS and all apps off of it, but he can't reinstall all of the drivers/apps he currently has installed.

Basically I need a way of backing up his system and restoring it on another drive.

Is there a way to do this in Windows 7 or do I need to use Norton Ghost?

I don't know that Windows 7 backup can restore computer like Apple time machine..


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habs fan Oct 21, 2011, 09:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Backup HDD and restore to SSD
Why don't you just use a free cloning tool, like Clonezilla? There are several Linux based tools that would allow you to do this.

john albrich Oct 21, 2011, 10:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 21, 2011, 10:55pm EDT

 
>> Re: Backup HDD and restore to SSD
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You may already have the utility to do this. Some new drives come with a utility to transfer the OS+entire contents of an old drive to the new drive.

Some other freeware/donateware tools that can "clone" an HDD either directly or indirectly (interim step of saving a backup image of one drive then transfering the image to a different drive)...

Macrium Reflect Free Edition (Windows)
DriveImage XML (Windows)

HDclone Free Edition (self-booting non-Windows, free edition has some limitations, see
http://www.miray.de/products/sat.hdclone.html#versions )

These are easily found on download sites like majorgeeks.com, etc.

Reason Oct 22, 2011, 03:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 23, 2011, 04:30pm EDT

 
>> Re: Backup HDD and restore to SSD
Seconded on clonezilla.

I'd also be interested to know if re-validation of Windows is necessary after cloning. I've got 16GB/6% free on my boot drive so I'm going to need to migrate soon, and previous good experiences with Clonezilla mean that's the route I'll probably take.

edit to add:
Clonezilla will not allow you to clone to a partition smaller than the current partition, eg, moving from a 200GB boot drive to a 120GB SSD. I believe Win7 can resize active partitions, but if it can't, I'd use gparted, another freeware bootable ISO, to resize to the destination size first.

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john albrich Oct 23, 2011, 01:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 23, 2011, 01:30pm EDT

 
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G. G. Nov 04, 2011, 09:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Backup HDD and restore to SSD
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did you ever find a way to get that SSD installed without having to resort to a reload ????


In regards to Windows 7 and backup solution...

Yes, you can do it...

what you need to do is use the Backup and Restore Center that is built into the OS. It will work as I have done this with Vista (same program between the two).

1. Backup all the important data.
2. take all data off the current hdd leaving only the OS and application.
3. Reduce the used space down to where it will fit on the new SSD and space for expansion
4. Reduce the size of the primary partition down to below the size of the SSD... or get a SSD that is going to be bigger than the current space needed for the OS/Apps + growth...
5. Once the primay partition is reduced....
6. Run Backup and Restore Center and do the back up whole computer i.e. "image" to a spare drive either attached interally or from usb
7. Once that is done..... install the SSD
8. boot up from Win 7 cd/dvd
9. Do not click on install button at the center of screen BUT instead click on the button located at the bottom left corner (this will put you in a maintainence mode)
10. Click on restore whole computer option and locate the image
11. once that happens, you should be able to reimage the new SSD with the backup system image.


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