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June 8, 2014 10:01:46 AM

what is the best migrating/cloning software to use when cloning from one SSD to another?
I am cloning a raid 0 (2 60gb ssds) to a Samsung Evo 120gb ssd. I have only 60gb used on the raid 0 configuration.
The reason I want to clone instead of doing a fresh instal is because I don't want to have to install all my programs again (office, Adobe apps, etc). Also, I use a HDD for file storage and some of my apps and games are installed on it, but Windows always makes register files on the C drive. so if I do a fresh install of Windows on my new ssd, the games installed on my hdd won't work because they won't have the original register files that the old ssd had.

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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 10:05:12 AM

Use free cloning software to do it, here is a link:http://www.macrium.com/

What I do is first initialize the new drive as a simple volume in computer management>storage>disk management, then in Macrium click on the original drive (c: in this case) and choose clone and then point to the new drive. The unused space on your 120 can then be merged back on the c:\ partition with Easus http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm. There may also be a way to merge in Macrium, nort sure.

EDIT: re-read your post and since you are RAID 0 with 2 sixty gig drives the 120 should fit perfectly with no unused space.

After you finish the clone be sure you can boot to the new drive before reformating the old one.
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June 8, 2014 11:22:30 AM

so Macrium alone can do the job for me?
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 11:26:34 AM

Yes. Just be sure to select 'clone'. Windows might or might not ask to be reactivated. If it comes to it you can rightly say you just had to change the hard drive and they should let you pass.
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June 8, 2014 11:28:41 AM

A ubuntu live cd can do the same job with the 'dd' command. Or you can use clonezilla, which is linux based and also free.
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June 8, 2014 11:32:32 AM

Sounds good. I will try once I get my ssd from amazon (should come today) and let you know. If it works i will pick you as solution.
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June 8, 2014 11:37:14 AM

notherdude said:
Yes. Just be sure to select 'clone'. Windows might or might not ask to be reactivated. If it comes to it you can rightly say you just had to change the hard drive and they should let you pass.


What is the difference between "clone this disk" and "image this disk". You said to use clone?
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 12:33:20 PM

Image will merely make an image file of the original disk, basically makes a backup image ('sample_disk.img'), you would still have to then restore that image to the new drive to get the finished product, if you clone the disk instead this will all happen automatically, after the procedure is finished you can just set the BIOS to boot from the new drive. In the BIOS you will need to set the new drive as the 'first' drive and make sure it is also first in 'boot order'. It is alaso wise to put the new drive on the first SATA port and of course be sure it is a SATA 6 Gbs port (a SATA III port) as an SSD can actually use the speed of the faster ports.
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 1:41:20 PM

BTW the default in Macrium Reflect should be to clone the 'disk', not just the 'drive c:', and that is what you want because it will also clone any boot partitions Windows has installed.
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June 8, 2014 3:29:55 PM

Ok so everything worked, but my problem still remains. I thought getting a new SSD would fix it.

Here is my problem in detail with video included:

Please watch this video so you can see my problem:
http://youtu.be/Mlbv7owLuU8

Description of Problem: After boot, windows seems to glitch up. When I first open "my computer", I can see all my files. However, when I navigate my folders, the thumbnails disappear. When I close "my computer" and reopen it, the files are gone and only libraries and favorites are available. But my files are still there, just inaccessible from my navigation (I can access them by opening up my files from an online source like when i upload files from tinypic, gmail, etc.). Also, the control panel will not work. My computer becomes a tad slower. This happens after each and every boot.

Specs:
C Drive: 2 60gb SSD's in raid 0
E drive: 500gb hard drive
16 gb of 1866 ram
Windows 7 Home
gtx 780
I7 2600k
MSI GD65 Motherboard p67


What would you suggest?
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 3:45:22 PM

Sounds like Windows itself is corrupt or maybe infected. Did you try a 'system restore'?http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/fe...

I take it that re-installing Windows from scratch is something you don't want to try because of the difficulty of re-installing all your programs? That would be the fastest and most thorough clean up of the Windows problem.

This would be a good time to do it since you have a free drive to try the fresh install on and you can always go back to the other drive while you still have the clone/original.

If re-installing is too much of a pain then you might try starting with a very deep Malware check. www.malwarebytes.org. And you might also want to try this: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-c...
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 3:53:53 PM

Just watched your video. Never seen that, but I have seen some other inexplicable stuff kind of like it and when I did I probably tried the above suggestions and if it didn't help I would just reinstall Windows. Seems like virus/spyware was often the culprit. There might be a more precise explanation you could eventually locate but I don't know it.
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June 8, 2014 4:41:55 PM

notherdude said:
Just watched your video. Never seen that, but I have seen some other inexplicable stuff kind of like it and when I did I probably tried the above suggestions and if it didn't help I would just reinstall Windows. Seems like virus/spyware was often the culprit. There might be a more precise explanation you could eventually locate but I don't know it.


notherdude, first of all thanks for all your help!
I am currently running a deep scan with malwarebytes. I am then going to try the system restore, but it probably won't work. I will probably end up having to re-install windows. Since I have the clone on my Samsung Evo 120gb, how should I restore the ssd? What's a recommended program/way?
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 4:57:10 PM

When you re-install just boot from the Windows DVD and then when you are prompted to select a drive you will see a screen like this:https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+7+install+scree...

I usually delete ALL the partitions (assuming no other drives are also hooked up!) and then create a new partition and then format it NTFS - all of that can be done just by using those commands on the install screen - you will end up with one large partition you can select for the Windows install. Windows will inform you that it will create a separate boot partition and that is correct, just follow the defaults from here on.
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June 8, 2014 5:14:30 PM

notherdude said:
When you re-install just boot from the Windows DVD and then when you are prompted to select a drive you will see a screen like this:https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+7+install+scree...

I usually delete ALL the partitions (assuming no other drives are also hooked up!) and then create a new partition and then format it NTFS - all of that can be done just by using those commands on the install screen - you will end up with one large partition you can select for the Windows install. Windows will inform you that it will create a separate boot partition and that is correct, just follow the defaults from here on.


How do i delete the partitions? Is this done with software before I boot with the windows cd inside>

old -- never mind i reread what you put and all of that can be done through the installation process.
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June 8, 2014 8:23:30 PM

Everything is fixed! PC feels brand new. Only thing is, it kinda is because now I have to install everything! Thanks for your help.
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 8:30:29 PM

A clean start! I kind of like the process of putting all my apps back together once I'm into it I have found.
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