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Clone or move W-7 and or 8 to new SSD

  1. #1

    Posts : 74
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1

    Clone or move W-7 and or 8 to new SSD

    My system is a dual boot Widows 8.1, (default) and Windows 7 Pro on a partitioned 1TB.
    I want to keep the dual boot config but move my W-8 which is about all I use to a new Crucial M500 SSD,120GB and keep the 7 on the older drive, along with most of my data files.

    Am I dreaming or is something like this possible? Or any alternatives?

    It doesn't have to follow dual boot logic as long as I would have access to both.


    (Go for it, Shawn)

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  2. #2

    IF you installed Win8 after you already had Win7 in place, most likely, Windows put the Win8 boot loader files on the Win7 OS partition, meaning, if you migrate Win8 to an SSD, you won't then be able to boot from the SSD.

    One way to address this in advance is to migrate the Win8 boot loader files from the Win7 partition to the Win8 partition. An easy way to do this is to install EasyBCD in Win8 and use its feature to "change boot drive" which is on the BCD Backup/Repair menu.

    Once you do that, you would then have to edit the BCD settings to point to th3e Win7 partition on the hard drive for Win7.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 74
    Windows 7 Windows 8.1

    Here's my boot config now.
    There are a total of 2 entries listed in the bootloader.
    Default: Windows 8.1
    Timeout: 30 seconds
    Boot Drive: D:\
    Entry #1
    Name: Windows 8.1
    BCD ID: {current}
    Drive: C:\
    Bootloader Path: \windows\system32\winload.exe
    Entry #2
    Name: Windows 7
    BCD ID: {834e3a0d-bbdc-11e0-80de-bed651a7ac26}
    Drive: D:\
    Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

    Could I use EaseUS Todo and clone each partition?
    Boot from my W-7 and do a Startup Repair.
    I'm obviously looking for the easiest way.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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