Re: migrating Windows installation

Randy Barnett <randy@...>

Sorry but none of this is true when ghoasting a drive. :) I do it all the time. Win 7 doesnt support NVME SSD's so I had to install to a SATA drive then migrate to the Samsung 950 Pro NVME SSD. after installing the drivers for NVME support. With Samsung migration for example you just select the current OS drive then select the target drive then click start. After awile it will finish then you just disconnect the Original OS drive turn on the computer and you cant tell anything was ever done too it. It is an exact copy of the original drive with all programs and settings.
Not sure why you have had all the issues you have but it was probly the software you used or perhaps user error. :) :)

On 9/29/2017 2:14 AM, Shaun Everiss wrote:
It depends if you are wanting programs or programs and settings.

I have all my programs backed up however.

Its probably better that you just reformat and reinstall.

Sometimes programs like flashfxp can have backup settings some games etc I have backups of my profiles and such and then I dropbox all those.

I keep coppies of my bt sync file data, etc, etc, etc.

You can find and backup your mail boxes though if you do that you need to import those back in.

If you have imap ofcause and its all setup it becomes redundant quite fast as as soon as you login every setting and bit of whatever is pulled from your cloud node so its fine.

You can clone your hard drive as long as the following conditions are met.

1.  a full partition clone would you have a drive the same partition as your other drive you could clone it all back that way.

2.  just the data.

The most important directories are your program data and your user/userprofile folder.

So you can copy those over and just do that.

You can install all your programs and copy those over.

Or just clone all your hard drive data.

Assuming though that you do do this and it all works without the following listed issues, there will be a problem.

1.  if you cloan from your instalation, say c to e and then boot from the installation and your e drive at that point is not your c drive then you will have issues.

Even if things start you are going to have stuff install and so on all over the place.

You can ofcause configure everything to install on e and not c but change it back when you finish fixing things.

Then there is the state where your drive is bigger than what you have, and you just get a partition for your data which is the same as your older drive meaning you need to use diskmanager to expand the partition.

Ok so thats fine.

You may have to change some paths etc in registry to get things working and then previding things don't fail you should be good.

As long as you are installing on the same hardware.

However updates and clones don't work all that well.

Your user profile is pritty cool, its robust and will happily work for you unless you either get malware or try to move it.

You may loose sounds and what not.

If that happens you just make another user profile, delete the other one copy your old files over and well you are in business.

your programs like dropbox, google and a few other things will need reinstalling and configuring.

Sadly updates don't always go smoothly.

I had just an issue where after the google drive and photos apps got merged into sync, that after the upgrade things didn't work so well and I had to fiddle about.

It is probably easier to reformat and get it over with.

On 29/09/2017 8:20 p.m., Justin Harris wrote:
I was finally able to find an accessible tool to get that partition made. It's late, and I had to try several before I found one that worked.

My Kingston SSD came with no such special software, but I got a reply back from the fine folks at Station Playlist, as I had asked to get my license keys again just to be on the safe side. In addition to that, they were able to recommend some free software to do exactly what I want. So here goes nothin. lol

El 9/29/2017 a las 1:53 AM, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io escribió:
I'd suggest you maybe contact somebody else who runs a station or similar.

Seems to me that many  ssds seem to come with bespoke software, mine is Samsung, that can take the drudgery out of this task.
It might in fact be best to just give in and get a sighted person to do it.
One word of warning though, the last time I did this with normal hard drives was some time ago, and in the end I had to reinstall all software as there was no easy way to  get all the installed programs and their links onto a completely different physical drive. Also Windows and some other software all started popping up, that they had been cloned and you would need to reactivate them on various web sites etc.

If I had knowsn about all that I'd just have made a clean install to start with, but then I was not running a radio station.


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----- Original Message ----- From: "Justin Harris" <justin171185@...>
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Sent: Friday, September 29, 2017 1:55 AM
Subject: [nvda] migrating Windows installation

Hi everyone,
I am hoping that someone else has actually done this before, because I am totally stuck. I just got a new solid state drive, and wish to migrate my windows installation and programs to that, while keeping music and such on my old drive. The ssd is only 120 gb, so I believe this is how I will have to go about everything.
So, here goes:
1. The new drive is not accessible through Windows Explorer, but I am able to find it in the disk management in control panel. However, I am unable to make a partition. It shows the unalocated space, as being the whole thing. But when I go in to the applications menu, it won't let me do anything. A lot of the options are dimmed. I've tried doing things with object navigation and everything, and just can't do it. So, first off, what's the best way to be able to partition this drive? All I need is one partition, but no matter how hard I try, I have yet to be able to figure it out.
2. Once the disk has been partitioned, what is the best, and most accessible program to migrate my Windows installation??? I know I could probably do a fresh install, but the idea is to have everything back up and running quickly, as I run an online radio station, and down time is not a good thing at all.
I really hope that someone can give me a hand here. Thanks in advance for the info. :)


Sincereley: Randy Barnett
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