Moving OS to SSD

Hello all,
I am a giant noob at this stuff.

I have a laptop with Windows 7 on it. My hard drive is partitioned into a C:, which contains the OS, and a D:, which is everything else. I just bought an SSD, and I wish to transfer my OS over to it. Is it possible to just clone partition C: over to the SSD? Or would it clone the whole hard drive? Also, what would I need to do to clone the OS over?

Thanks in advance for helping!
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  1. i think it's a lot easier to just reinstall on SSD. fresh new hdd/fresh windows.
  2. bebangs said:
    i think it's a lot easier to just reinstall on SSD. fresh new hdd/fresh windows.

    I decided to reinstall on SSD. However, if I do that, will the hidden recovery partition also reinstall on there? My ssd is only 32 gb, so I'm not sure if windows 7 64 bit and the partition would both fit
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    32 gig is on the small side. Windows will take about 16->20 gigs so you will have to limit the programs that you install. Remember you want to keep about 10% of the drive UNUSED. NOTE that system partition is very small about 100mb
    AND YES, Do NOT clone. - Cloning will NOT (A) enable trim and (B) will NOT properly align partition

    Here are the steps:
    .. Disconnect ALL HDD, connect Only the SSD.
    .. Go into Bios and VERIFY that the HDD controller is set To AHCI
    .. Install windows 7. Note if your system is an Intel system you will want to go to Intel’s website and download and install the latest RST drivers (ver 10.6) [...] Technology
    Just select your Operating system and in the right pane click on drivers.
    Everything is OK. Power down and reconnect your Old HDD. Note: do NOT delete anything for a couple of weeks, until you are sure everything is running fine. You will be able to dual boot to the SSD or the HDD simply by pressing the hot key during post that brings up the boot menu (F12 on my gigabyte MB and F11 on my asrock MB). You can simply copy Your favorites over from HDD -> SSD and for email you can do an export/import. After a couple of weeks you can then (1) delete windows from HDD, or (2) back up your data to BU drive and reformat your HDD and copy your data back (This is what I normally do.

    3 Things that I normally do for an SSD:
    .. (1) disable hibernation - save 4 -> 6 gigs
    .. (2) Set page file (virtual memory) min and max to the same value, ie 4 gigs ram set it to 1024 mb. > 4 gigs ram set to 512mb. And you can redirect it to the HDD to save alittle more (Very slight performance hit). This save upto 6 gigs [...] ual-memory
    .. (3) manage restore points. limit the number of restore point or disable. This one if not done can eat up space in the long haul. [...] windows-7/
    .. (4) One Final Important step: Use windows 7 backup (Under Control panel -> System & Security) and creat a image backup for your “C” drive. You can place on your internal HDD (and as a added precaution copy to BU drive). As long as you have the Windows Installation disk, you do NOT need to create the “Restore Disk” when prompted.
  4. I just tried installing to my SSD with the recovery discs I made using the Asus program on my laptop, but it failed. I'm guessing it's because the SSD was too small since Asus puts a lot of bloatware as well as forcing a recreation of the hidden partition. Anyone know a way around this? Or will I have to get an oem Windows 7 install disc?
  5. Since you have a valid Key, try this:
    Barrow a copy of windows 7 - MUST be the same Version ie Win 7 Home Ultimate 64 Bit - But can be an OEM, upgrade, or Full version.
    Perform the installation WITHOUT entering the Key. Once installation is complete and you are satisfied that it is working then enter your Key that is for your laptop.

    If using an Upgrade installation disk, select custom install and follow these steps ( I prefer method 2):
  6. Best answer selected by lululcawcaw.
  7. Thank you very much! I used the installation disc for my desktop (which only had Windows 7 on it and no bloatware and whatnot, thank gosh) and installed onto the SSD. Now my laptop boots faster than ever!
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