Laptop 7200RPM to SSD Migration, best way?

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Laptop 7200RPM to SSD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:51 am

Going to be getting a new Dell XPS 17 laptop, so it comes with the standard 7200RPM & pre-installed stuff. I'd sooner not go to the trouble of re-installing everything and getting all the drivers off the web.

So I'm wondering, what Disk Migration utilities are out there these days. In the past I used Partition Magic to move my boot disk from 7200RPM to 10,000RPM as it was easier then a reinstall. Is this still the only utility out there or preferably is there something open source that can do this?

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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SDD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:06 am

There's at least one open source utility that I have used successfully from EASEUS. Acronis is recommended and also works well, but is not free (unless you get it from one of your drive manufacturer's websites, and use it with one of their drives).
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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SDD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:21 am

If you are only going to do it once you can still use the Acronis 30 day Trial. Or just use the Clonezilla distro, will do the job fine.
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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SDD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:44 am

ImageX

it's file based so it avoids some of the pitfalls of sector-based tools. You can sysprep your machine, capture the image using ImageX, then put the SSD in and use ImageX to deploy the image. Because the image is Sysprep'd it'll cope fine with hardware changes, allowing you to restore it onto totally different hardware if needbe.

Download it with Windows PE here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/d ... c26d3b3b34
and burn the ISO to DVD to make a Windows PE boot disk. Make sure you've got somewhere to put the image whilst swapping hard drives - a USB hard disk is fine.

Step1 : Prepare your current image using Sysprep
%windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /shutdown

Step2: Insert and boot from the Windows PE bootable DVD

Step3: Run Imagex Capture
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/libr ... 9003(WS.10).aspx

Something like this (where E:\ is your usb drive)
Imagex /capture C: E:\capture.wim “Drive C”

Step4: Swap out hard drive for SSD

Step5: Boot back into Windows PE and if you need to partition the SSD use DiskPart

diskpart
select disk 0
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format
exit

Step6: Use imageX to deploy the image

Imagex.exe /apply E:\Capture.wim 1 c:

That's roughly how it's done, there's plenty of resources online for ImageX and guides, so make use of them.
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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SDD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:41 am

Wow! some really great options, thanks! Going to take a while to read though all these utilities.
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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SDD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:48 am

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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SDD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:53 am

If you go with an Intel drive, they include a migration tool. Of course you will still probably have to pull both drives out and use a desktop or something with multiple sata slots to do the transfer.
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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SSD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:40 pm

Here are some vids from Youtube based off the info provided by willg

How to create a WindowPE boot disk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQGujsHcq6U

Use ImageX to capture a Windows 7 Image
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxC3lFjC_6Q

Restoring the image to the new drive, or computer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWckwZPiFb4


[UPDATE]
Have run a test on my current Laptop and an old 5400RPM disk. Had a problem with the BOOTMGR is missing after the Windows 7 WIM restore. Had to Run the following from the PE (X: is the drive where the Windows PE is started)

X:\Windows\system32\bcdboot.exe C:\Windows

I skipped the "Step1 : Prepare your current image using Sysprep" since I'm not changing computer just the hard disk. This isn't required for me.

Have to say this process is fairly straightforward... Microsoft real has gotten it's act together for Admin & Sys builders.
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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SSD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:59 am

Thanks for the help guys this saved me no end of headache! Just need to wait for OCZ to release the Vector 3 and I'm all set. Now I can get started on configuring everything and then just moving the setup across with a WIM and have a good restore point to use as a backup.
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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SSD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:49 am

Another vote for Acronis.

I've also used Linux live CDs (e.g. Ubuntu) to clone HDDs (including Windows boot drives) before; dd + gparted are generally all you need, though it helps if the target drive is at least as large as the source one.

As an aside, doesn't Windows 7 have a tool for doing this sort of thing built in?
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Re: Laptop 7200RPM to SSD Migration, best way?

Postposted on Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:55 am

I don't know how good Dell is about shipping laptops with up to date drivers, but in my experience doing a clean install with fresh non-OEM drivers is worth the effort if you ever plan to play any game on it. You can always just make an image using any of the suggested methods and do a clean install anyway, so if you find that you can't find the right drivers you can just can it and use the image anyway. If it's just a business/productivity machine, I wouldn't bother though.
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