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· Geek til I die
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I just needed to reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop when I installed a SSD drive in it.
For some reason (probably because the original drive was 10GB larger than the SSD) none of the clone programs I had would work.

What I am wanting to do, if its possible, is copy this new install to a 32GB USB stick, since my laptop is capable of booting off them. Is it possible? I know I have booted Linux off the stick, but have not seen any pages on how to copy a Windows 7 install to one (or for that matter, to a DVD would be ok). I just want a way to boot the computer without the hard drive, should that become nessessary.
 

· Mr. FixAnything
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Davenlr said:
I just needed to reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop when I installed a SSD drive in it.
For some reason (probably because the original drive was 10GB larger than the SSD) none of the clone programs I had would work.

What I am wanting to do, if its possible, is copy this new install to a 32GB USB stick, since my laptop is capable of booting off them. Is it possible? I know I have booted Linux off the stick, but have not seen any pages on how to copy a Windows 7 install to one (or for that matter, to a DVD would be ok). I just want a way to boot the computer without the hard drive, should that become nessessary.
Try this http://arstechnica.com/business/2009/12/the-usb-flash-drive/
 

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I think that is just to create an bootable install flash drive, but the command line info might allow me to see if I can get it to actually boot windows from it. Ill give it a try this weekend. Thanks.
 

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Clonezilla is total fail if the target drive is smaller than the source.

I believe I have been able to use Acronis Disk Director 11 to copy to a smaller target drive. It is a somewhat involved process since it cannot be just a simple bit-copy blast from one to the other.

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· DaBears
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Ok let me clarify. Shrink the partition on the source drive to that of, or smaller, than the destination drive. I thought that part would be assumed but apparently I've just been doing it so long it's normal for me to automatically do. Sorry for any confusion.

You can also use gparted and shrink a partition and copy it over but I figured we're working in a Windows environment.
 

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If I use windows to shrink the partition (disk manager), and there is data on the end of the partition, is windows smart enough to move it to free space in the target size area before shrinking?
That will do exactly what I want.
 

· DaBears
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Davenlr said:
If I use windows to shrink the partition (disk manager), and there is data on the end of the partition, is windows smart enough to move it to free space in the target size area before shrinking?
That will do exactly what I want.
Supposedly however I have Windows disk management tools. I can't remember the specific partition tool I have at home right now but you might want to check EaseUS as it rings a bell.

If you have a linux box gparted can.

Just confirmed it is EaseUS it's free to use for personal use. http://www.partition-tool.com/
 

· Geek til I die
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I just successfullly shrink my windows partition to about 1 GB smaller than the formatted capacity of the SSD I am installing. Thanks for the tips.

Question 2: I am running win7 32 bit on this machine, 4GB ram, 3 available to windows. Says 1GB free. Should I move the swap file to the slower 7200 rpm D: drive, or leave it on the SSD ?
 

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Shades228 said:
Supposedly however I have Windows disk management tools. I can't remember the specific partition tool I have at home right now but you might want to check EaseUS as it rings a bell.

If you have a linux box gparted can.

Just confirmed it is EaseUS it's free to use for personal use. http://www.partition-tool.com/
I use EaseUS as well. They have some great tools for free.

- Merg
 

· Mr. FixAnything
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Davenlr said:
I just successfullly shrink my windows partition to about 1 GB smaller than the formatted capacity of the SSD I am installing. Thanks for the tips.

Question 2: I am running win7 32 bit on this machine, 4GB ram, 3 available to windows. Says 1GB free. Should I move the swap file to the slower 7200 rpm D: drive, or leave it on the SSD ?
I'm against SWAP - run without it for while, to see if it really need for your load. If you want have it, I would hesitate using SSD for it. HDD should be fine.
 

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I turned off the swap file. I am currently hanging around 50% physical memory on the performance chart.

The program with the SSD said is was not aligned. Have no clue what that is, but used the program mentioned earlier and chose "Align Partition" on the SSD, and it said it worked, but I dont notice any overwhelming difference in speed between the old 7200 rpm drive and the SSD, It still takes quite a long time to load the icons. I am assuming its because I only have SATA2 on this MB, and am loading a couple large programs on startup. Still expected it to be a lot faster. My laptop's SSD loads windows in a heartbeat.
 

· DaBears
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Davenlr said:
I turned off the swap file. I am currently hanging around 50% physical memory on the performance chart.

The program with the SSD said is was not aligned. Have no clue what that is, but used the program mentioned earlier and chose "Align Partition" on the SSD, and it said it worked, but I dont notice any overwhelming difference in speed between the old 7200 rpm drive and the SSD, It still takes quite a long time to load the icons. I am assuming its because I only have SATA2 on this MB, and am loading a couple large programs on startup. Still expected it to be a lot faster. My laptop's SSD loads windows in a heartbeat.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/113967-ssd-alignment.html

If it's not aligned that could cause some slower performance. Unless you have low end SSD and the highest end 7200 RPM drive the change should be pretty significant.

However worst case scenario is to backup your data on your old HD and then start fresh. I'd recommend it anyways as I blast out windows at least once a year.
 

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Ok, thanks. Its all aligned now. The SSD is a Crucial M4 256MB. The HDD was a WD3200AAJS.
While I agree that a fresh Win7 install would be great, the computer came with win7 installed already, and I no longer have the "recovery" partition. I have no intention of paying $100+ for a new copy of Windows7 just to do a fresh install...not to mention all the apps installed which I would need to reinstall, and retweek to work correctly together (my video clint for example, is really picky on which version of Java it will work with, so I would have to hunt for old versions of that). Then there is the dual boot to Linux which is on a separate HDD which would get wiped out on a reinstall.

Its working great, just weird that the startup programs load and are running before the icons load. Windows itself loads so fast, it only makes it through 1/2 of the opening animation, so I guess I can wait on the icons :)
 

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Davenlr said:
Ok, thanks. Its all aligned now. The SSD is a Crucial M4 256MB. The HDD was a WD3200AAJS.
While I agree that a fresh Win7 install would be great, the computer came with win7 installed already, and I no longer have the "recovery" partition. I have no intention of paying $100+ for a new copy of Windows7 just to do a fresh install...not to mention all the apps installed which I would need to reinstall, and retweek to work correctly together (my video clint for example, is really picky on which version of Java it will work with, so I would have to hunt for old versions of that). Then there is the dual boot to Linux which is on a separate HDD which would get wiped out on a reinstall.

Its working great, just weird that the startup programs load and are running before the icons load. Windows itself loads so fast, it only makes it through 1/2 of the opening animation, so I guess I can wait on the icons :)
Something was nagging me about this thread as I knew I wanted to come back to it.

There are tools that you can use, if the sticker is gone, on the case and get the OEM win7 license key. Then just download an ISO of windows 7 and you'll be fine. This way in the future if something happens you're not SOL.
 
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