Jump to content
emjay911

Best Tool for Migrating Windows 7 to SSD?

Recommended Posts

I need to know what is the best tool to migrate the whole OS Windows 7 to a new SSD drive from an HDD without reinstalling Windows again?

 

Is this a legitimate program to do this?

 

Need your advice guys. 

Edited by emjay911

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Acronis True Image if you want something decent - I'm sure you can find a free version. You can clone the drive over and have it automatically resize the partitions.

 

Otherwise Minitool Partition Wizard and use the Copy Partition option at the top. Don't use the Migrate OS to SSD because that wipes the source drive.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks

Will check them out

 

I just realised i forgot to add the link to an app that does a similar job

 

Does the WD SSD include such software?

Otherwise I will go with Samsung even if its $30 more 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No worries. Personally I'm not aware of WD offering such software. They only recently hit the SSD market so I would be surprised if they did. 

 

Also any reason you're going the paid route? Minitool will do exactly what you need and it's free...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

there are a lot software like this some of them are free, i migrated my self recently it's very easy and all is made automatic, it will move the files, change the settings in Windows 7 and after restart all will be set without anything to worry about.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, slowmo said:

there are a lot software like this some of them are free, i migrated my self recently it's very easy and all is made automatic, it will move the files, change the settings in Windows 7 and after restart all will be set without anything to worry about.

What software did you use? Dont think you specified... unless you're referring to Minitool?

 

 

@emjay911 - Macrium Reflect 7 is another (free) option: https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i used Paragon Migrate OS 4 that was attached do computer magazine, but all software work identical, just install both drives on your computer, run the software, pick partition you want to copy and a SSD drive and everything else should be automatic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Found this on WD's website for their SSD products

Quote

 

DOWNLOADABLE WD SSD DASHBOARD AND ACRONIS SOFTWARE

Monitor your drive’s available capacity, operating temperatures, SMART attributes and more with the WD SSD Dashboard. Acronis® True Image™ WD Edition software, available as a free download, can clone drives and backup your operating system, applications, settings and all of your data.

 

 

This is from their support page .. "How to Manually Clone a disk with Acronis True Image WD Edition software"

 

https://support.wdc.com/knowledgebase/answer.aspx?ID=3682&s=

 

So I guess cloning does the same job as migrating??

 

EDIT

 

I think I found my answer in this Amazon review

 

Quote

I bought this WD Blue 1TB SSD to replace a hard drive that I thought was the likely cause of some data corruption experienced in a desktop top-line computer.

It required also buying an SATA III cable and a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter bracket to fit in the desktop bay since they are not included with the drive.

The drive did not come with any useful instructions, but this procedure worked:
1. Shut down
2. Leave original drive as is; connect new drive to power and an unused SATA port on motherboard
3. Power up. Normal but new drive does not show in My Computer
4. Run Acronis software available free from WD’s site
a. Select “Clone disk” and automatic mode
b. It identified the old and new disks
c. It ran about 1.5 hours and cloned the original drive, including all partitions and 500 GB of data
d. It shut down computer automatically
5. Disconnected power and SATA cable from old drive
6. Connected new drive to the SATA port on motherboard where old drive had been
7. Powered up. It booted OK. Everything seems fine.

Boot up and opening programs seems about 5 times faster than with the original spinning disk hard drive. I can’t evaluate long term reliability, but my initial impression is excellent.

 

Edited by emjay911

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, emjay911 said:

So I guess cloning does the same job as migrating??

Yeah, one can assume so. Ideally if your original drive is working fine, you'd want to do a clone.

 

Personally if Acronis is free, I would go that route. It's by far one the easiest tools. We were just factoring price into this as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Most SSD manufacturers provide disk cloning software to migrate to an SSD. That software is almost always their own branded version of Acronis True Image. See this thread on reddit for links corresponding to your respective SSD:

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/acronis/comments/7mr0yi/free_oem_versions_of_acronis_true_image_software/

 

If you happen to have an SSD not listed in that thread, here is a link to the 2017 True Image directly from Acronis:

 

http://dl2.acronis.com/u/AcronisTrueImage2017_NG.iso

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...