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March 2, 2014 11:17:43 AM

Is there a way i can move win7 over to a SSD from a Hard Drive, in the PC files. and if so how can i get my pc to find the OS on startup? Thanks!
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March 2, 2014 11:33:18 AM

Use a program like Acronis True Image (costs money) to make a disk image from the HDD to the SSD. Then tell BIOS to boot from the SSD. There are free programs for making disk images, such as EASUS, but I've never used them for this purpose. I understand from others EASUS works for this.

http://www.easeus.com/backup-software/

Or you should be able to use this for what you want during the 30-day free trial period:

http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/pc-backup


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March 2, 2014 11:37:14 AM

Depending on circumstances, maybe.

How large is the SSD?
How large is the used data on the current drive?
Laptop or desktop?
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March 2, 2014 11:42:11 AM

mbreslin1954 said:
Use a program like Acronis True Image (costs money) to make a disk image from the HDD to the SSD. Then tell BIOS to boot from the SSD. There are free programs for making disk images, such as EASUS, but I've never used them for this purpose. I understand from others EASUS works for this.

http://www.easeus.com/backup-software/

Or you should be able to use this for what you want during the 30-day free trial period:

http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/pc-backup




USAFRet said:
Depending on circumstances, maybe.

How large is the SSD?
How large is the used data on the current drive?
Laptop or desktop?



120gb ssd, 500gb is currently used but thats including all my programs, but i'm just looking to have my OS on my ssd, and my programs and games on my HDD and its a desktop.
thanks.
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March 2, 2014 11:45:17 AM

Jackr987 said:


120gb ssd, 500gb is currently used but thats including all my programs, but i'm just looking to have my OS on my ssd, and my programs and games on my HDD and its a desktop.
thanks.


As usual. Large HDD to small SSD.
There is only one application I know of that will move 'only' the OS. And it's not free.
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components...

In any case, I always recommend a fresh install on a new SSD. Far, far fewer potential problems.
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March 2, 2014 11:47:53 AM

USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


120gb ssd, 500gb is currently used but thats including all my programs, but i'm just looking to have my OS on my ssd, and my programs and games on my HDD and its a desktop.
thanks.


As usual. Large HDD to small SSD.
There is only one application I know of that will move 'only' the OS. And it's not free.
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components...

In any case, I always recommend a fresh install on a new SSD. Far, far fewer potential problems.


Alright thanks, but the problem that I was trying to avoid is uninstalling the OS, if i reinstall it, don't i have to remove it with another OS?
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March 2, 2014 11:51:33 AM

Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


120gb ssd, 500gb is currently used but thats including all my programs, but i'm just looking to have my OS on my ssd, and my programs and games on my HDD and its a desktop.
thanks.


As usual. Large HDD to small SSD.
There is only one application I know of that will move 'only' the OS. And it's not free.
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components...

In any case, I always recommend a fresh install on a new SSD. Far, far fewer potential problems.


Alright thanks, but the problem that I was trying to avoid is uninstalling the OS, if i reinstall it, don't i have to remove it with another OS?



Install the SSD, and disconnect all other drives
Boot from your install disk and install
Once it is up and running, connect the old HDD and delete the partitions. (this is why we saved your personal data elsewhere first)
Start installing applications
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March 2, 2014 11:56:02 AM

USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


120gb ssd, 500gb is currently used but thats including all my programs, but i'm just looking to have my OS on my ssd, and my programs and games on my HDD and its a desktop.
thanks.


As usual. Large HDD to small SSD.
There is only one application I know of that will move 'only' the OS. And it's not free.
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components...

In any case, I always recommend a fresh install on a new SSD. Far, far fewer potential problems.


Alright thanks, but the problem that I was trying to avoid is uninstalling the OS, if i reinstall it, don't i have to remove it with another OS?



Install the SSD, and disconnect all other drives
Boot from your install disk and install
Once it is up and running, connect the old HDD and delete the partitions. (this is why we saved your personal data elsewhere first)
Start installing applications


Awesome thanks! But by partitions what do you mean? :) 
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March 2, 2014 11:59:14 AM

Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


120gb ssd, 500gb is currently used but thats including all my programs, but i'm just looking to have my OS on my ssd, and my programs and games on my HDD and its a desktop.
thanks.


As usual. Large HDD to small SSD.
There is only one application I know of that will move 'only' the OS. And it's not free.
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components...

In any case, I always recommend a fresh install on a new SSD. Far, far fewer potential problems.


Alright thanks, but the problem that I was trying to avoid is uninstalling the OS, if i reinstall it, don't i have to remove it with another OS?



Install the SSD, and disconnect all other drives
Boot from your install disk and install
Once it is up and running, connect the old HDD and delete the partitions. (this is why we saved your personal data elsewhere first)
Start installing applications


Awesome thanks! But by partitions what do you mean? :) 


On your existing HDD, there are at least two partitions, maybe more.

Assuming there is absolutely nothing on that drive you need:
In Disk Management, Right click on each segment on the HDD.
Delete
Repeat
Now you'll have one large unallocated space
Format, and give it a drive letter.
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March 2, 2014 12:09:57 PM

USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


120gb ssd, 500gb is currently used but thats including all my programs, but i'm just looking to have my OS on my ssd, and my programs and games on my HDD and its a desktop.
thanks.


As usual. Large HDD to small SSD.
There is only one application I know of that will move 'only' the OS. And it's not free.
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components...

In any case, I always recommend a fresh install on a new SSD. Far, far fewer potential problems.


Alright thanks, but the problem that I was trying to avoid is uninstalling the OS, if i reinstall it, don't i have to remove it with another OS?



Install the SSD, and disconnect all other drives
Boot from your install disk and install
Once it is up and running, connect the old HDD and delete the partitions. (this is why we saved your personal data elsewhere first)
Start installing applications


Awesome thanks! But by partitions what do you mean? :) 


On your existing HDD, there are at least two partitions, maybe more.

Assuming there is absolutely nothing on that drive you need:
In Disk Management, Right click on each segment on the HDD.
Delete
Repeat
Now you'll have one large unallocated space
Format, and give it a drive letter.


not getting an option to delete on the disk 0 segment.
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March 2, 2014 12:13:16 PM

Jackr987 said:


not getting an option to delete on the disk 0 segment.


You have everything installed on the SSD, and are booting from the SSD?
You've opened Disk Management, and are selecting the correct drive? (the old HDD?)
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March 2, 2014 12:18:52 PM

USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


not getting an option to delete on the disk 0 segment.


You have everything installed on the SSD, and are booting from the SSD?
You've opened Disk Management, and are selecting the correct drive? (the old HDD?)


I install the ssd,
select the ssd as default disk to boot rom in bios,
install win7 on the ssd,
go into disk management and select drive C (the old one), then click on delete volume?
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March 2, 2014 12:23:32 PM

Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


not getting an option to delete on the disk 0 segment.


You have everything installed on the SSD, and are booting from the SSD?
You've opened Disk Management, and are selecting the correct drive? (the old HDD?)


I install the ssd,
select the ssd as default disk to boot rom in bios,
install win7 on the ssd,
go into disk management and select drive C (the old one), then click on delete volume?


Once Windows is installed on the SSD, that should be the C drive.
Ensure you are deleting the correct volume(s) on the HDD
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March 2, 2014 12:28:21 PM

USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


not getting an option to delete on the disk 0 segment.


You have everything installed on the SSD, and are booting from the SSD?
You've opened Disk Management, and are selecting the correct drive? (the old HDD?)


I install the ssd,
select the ssd as default disk to boot rom in bios,
install win7 on the ssd,
go into disk management and select drive C (the old one), then click on delete volume?


Once Windows is installed on the SSD, that should be the C drive.
Ensure you are deleting the correct volume(s) on the HDD


alright so select the old drive and delete volume. (PS its not giving me an option to delete volume at the moment because I will be undertaking the installation of the ssd in a couple of days).
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March 2, 2014 12:31:20 PM

Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


not getting an option to delete on the disk 0 segment.


You have everything installed on the SSD, and are booting from the SSD?
You've opened Disk Management, and are selecting the correct drive? (the old HDD?)


I install the ssd,
select the ssd as default disk to boot rom in bios,
install win7 on the ssd,
go into disk management and select drive C (the old one), then click on delete volume?


Once Windows is installed on the SSD, that should be the C drive.
Ensure you are deleting the correct volume(s) on the HDD


alright so select the old drive and delete volume. (PS its not giving me an option to delete volume at the moment because I will be undertaking the installation of the ssd in a couple of days).


Right. You can't delete a Windows volume from within that running Windows instance.
That's like asking someone to cut their own head off with a chainsaw

Wait until you get things installed on the SSD. Then proceed.
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March 2, 2014 12:38:54 PM

USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


not getting an option to delete on the disk 0 segment.


You have everything installed on the SSD, and are booting from the SSD?
You've opened Disk Management, and are selecting the correct drive? (the old HDD?)


I install the ssd,
select the ssd as default disk to boot rom in bios,
install win7 on the ssd,
go into disk management and select drive C (the old one), then click on delete volume?


Once Windows is installed on the SSD, that should be the C drive.
Ensure you are deleting the correct volume(s) on the HDD


alright so select the old drive and delete volume. (PS its not giving me an option to delete volume at the moment because I will be undertaking the installation of the ssd in a couple of days).


Right. You can't delete a Windows volume from within that running Windows instance.
That's like asking someone to cut their own head off with a chainsaw

Wait until you get things installed on the SSD. Then proceed.


Alright, i just wanted to make sure i knew what i was doing before i did it. But for the sake of clarity, once im running on the ssd, i can then delete the old drive's volumes and that will remove the old operating system on there along with the programs and files, all 500gb of them?
Thanks for you help! :) 
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March 2, 2014 12:38:54 PM

USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:
USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


not getting an option to delete on the disk 0 segment.


You have everything installed on the SSD, and are booting from the SSD?
You've opened Disk Management, and are selecting the correct drive? (the old HDD?)


I install the ssd,
select the ssd as default disk to boot rom in bios,
install win7 on the ssd,
go into disk management and select drive C (the old one), then click on delete volume?


Once Windows is installed on the SSD, that should be the C drive.
Ensure you are deleting the correct volume(s) on the HDD


alright so select the old drive and delete volume. (PS its not giving me an option to delete volume at the moment because I will be undertaking the installation of the ssd in a couple of days).


Right. You can't delete a Windows volume from within that running Windows instance.
That's like asking someone to cut their own head off with a chainsaw

Wait until you get things installed on the SSD. Then proceed.


Alright, i just wanted to make sure i knew what i was doing before i did it. But for the sake of clarity, once im running on the ssd, i can then delete the old drive's volumes and that will remove the old operating system on there along with the programs and files, all 500gb of them?
Thanks for you help! :) 
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March 2, 2014 12:43:04 PM

Jackr987 said:


Alright, i just wanted to make sure i knew what i was doing before i did it. But for the sake of clarity, once im running on the ssd, i can then delete the old drive's volumes and that will remove the old operating system on there along with the programs and files, all 500gb of them?
Thanks for you help! :) 


Yes. Delete all volumes/partitions, Format, give it a drive letter.
500GB of usable space.
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March 2, 2014 12:46:02 PM

USAFRet said:
Jackr987 said:


Alright, i just wanted to make sure i knew what i was doing before i did it. But for the sake of clarity, once im running on the ssd, i can then delete the old drive's volumes and that will remove the old operating system on there along with the programs and files, all 500gb of them?
Thanks for you help! :) 


Yes. Delete all volumes/partitions, Format, give it a drive letter.
500GB of usable space.


alright thanks for your help, its greatly appreciated! :) 
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