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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Restore Partition Image from HDD to SSD

Restore Partition Image from HDD to SSD

This article will show you how to restore a partition image from a hard disk drive to a solid state drive, Which earlier was not possible due to the way windows treated both the drives separately.

I used Acronis True Image Home 2010 so I am not sure if other programs will work.

This process will delete all data from the partition Windows was previously installed on

Here's How:

1. Install the SSD

2. Boot up and enter the BIOS to make sure the drive is detected

3. If the SSD is seen in the BIOS, set it to #1 in the hard drive priorty

4. Install Windows to the SSD as a Custom Installation (from Step 2)

5. Once Windows has successfully installed, enter Control Panel,
AdministrativeTools, Computer Management, Disk Management. Right click
the SSD (it should be c: ) and Mark Partition as Active". Click OK at
the warning/s

6. Delete the old partiton that Windows was installed on and reformat

7. Reboot to your Windows installation media (disk or flash drive)

8. Perform a Startup Repair (You may need to do this a few times before
Windows will boot)

9. Once in Windows, install Acronis True Image Home 2010

10. Start Acronis and Activate Startup Recovery Tool (F11)

11. Reboot

12. Press F11 when prompted

13. Select Acronis True Image Home 2010

14. Select Restore

15. Choose the image you created most recently. Do not select the option to restore the MBR

16. Restore the image to your c: drive

17. When complete reboot

18. This is where I got nervous. Windows booted but hung. A hard reset
was needed. Upon restart I got a message that chkdsk needed to run. Allow it to run.

19. Reboot and enjoy!

Check that Windows has disabled Auto Degfrag by right-clicking the drive, select Properties, Tools and Defragment Now. When you click Configure Schedule and then Select Disks, your SSD should not appear. If it does, however, simply un-tick it

To ensure prefetching and Superfetch are disabled you'll need to enter the registry and check these entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\MemoryManagement\PrefetchParamaters

Both EnablePrefetcher and EnableSuperfetch need to have a value of (0)

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