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Migrating a 4 partitioned HDD to SSD drive

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July 16, 2013 2:45:11 PM

Hi y'all,

Like many of you, I'm considering replacing my Laptop HDD with SSD drive.
My HDD has 4 partitions, SYSTEM (200MB) , MY_DRIVE(200GB+), HP TOOLS (103MB) and RECOVERY (21.3GB).
All videos and manuals i met this far, refer to a single partition HDD migration.
Can you advise me of how to keep the RECOVERY and HP TOOLS partitions so I won't lose the backup of my windows 7?

Thanks,
Jacob.
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July 16, 2013 2:52:02 PM

Jacob Gontmacher said:
Hi y'all,

Like many of you, I'm considering replacing my Laptop HDD with SSD drive.
My HDD has 4 partitions, SYSTEM (200MB) , MY_DRIVE(200GB+), HP TOOLS (103MB) and RECOVERY (21.3GB).
All videos and manuals i met this far, refer to a single partition HDD migration.
Can you advise me of how to keep the RECOVERY and HP TOOLS partitions so I won't lose the backup of my windows 7?

Thanks,
Jacob.


First question - how large is the new SSD?
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July 16, 2013 2:52:07 PM

Many programs allow you to migrate the entire drive instead of just partitions.
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July 16, 2013 2:57:54 PM

USAFRet said:

First question - how large is the new SSD?


It will be 120GB or 128GB.
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July 16, 2013 3:02:31 PM

Jacob Gontmacher said:
USAFRet said:

First question - how large is the new SSD?


It will be 120GB or 128GB.


Depending on how much of the 200+GB My_Drive partition is used...you may have issues.

If you migrate the whole drive:
21.3 is already used up via the RECOVERY partition if you wish to keep that.
This leaves about 80GB of usable space on the SSD. Have to leave some space free for TRIM to do its thing.
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July 16, 2013 3:07:05 PM

USAFRet said:

Depending on how much of the 200+GB My_Drive partition is used...you may have issues.

If you migrate the whole drive:
21.3 is already used up via the RECOVERY partition if you wish to keep that.
This leaves about 80GB of usable space on the SSD. Have to leave some space free for TRIM to do its thing.


Lets say 200GB+ will be trimmer to ~40GB.. it still leaves me with 4 partitions.
If I make a disk clone how would the space be divided on SSD? Will 200GB+ become the rest of the free space after other partition were copied? If not, can I achieve that?
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July 16, 2013 3:07:29 PM

You may be as good to just burn an HP image DVD(s) for backup to keep the free space on the drive.

True image allows you to adjust the partitions to fill the drive. Some SSD's come with a copy as do many HDDs(normally a download from the makers website.).
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July 16, 2013 3:13:28 PM

nukemaster said:
You may be as good to just burn an HP image DVD(s) for backup to keep the free space on the drive.



If I were going down in size that much, that's what I'd do. HP gives some functionality to burn that RECOVERY to DVD.

Rather than sucking up 20% of the SSD space on something that may never, ever be used.
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July 16, 2013 8:37:53 PM

nukemaster said:
You may be as good to just burn an HP image DVD(s) for backup to keep the free space on the drive.

True image allows you to adjust the partitions to fill the drive. Some SSD's come with a copy as do many HDDs(normally a download from the makers website.).


Thanks for The Idea, I didn't know it's possible. I'll look into it.
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July 16, 2013 8:53:38 PM

USAFRet said:

If I were going down in size that much, that's what I'd do. HP gives some functionality to burn that RECOVERY to DVD.

Rather than sucking up 20% of the SSD space on something that may never, ever be used.


It looks like a good idea, 120GB isn't much anyway so I'll just burn it.
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