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Win7 & Win 8 HDs. SWAP OS's across drives

  1. #11


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    Sorry for butting in here but I think this is a simple process to accomplish what you want done:
    1. With Windows 7 running,
      download Macrium Reflect Free - CNET Download.com
    2. Install Macrium and use a USB Stick to create a rescue disk. (Support both Legacy & UEFI)
    3. Connect an external HD and use Macrium to make a backup image of the whole disk containing your Windows 8 (HD), make sure you verify the image after doing the backup.
    4. With Macrium still running, do a disk clone of your Windows 7 (SSD) as source to Windows 8 (HD) as destination.
    5. Set the BIOS to boot from your USB Rescue disk and restore the image from the external HD to the SSD.


    NOTE: Be careful to take notes of the Hard Disk and the SSD, you can usually tell by the size, one is 120GB and the other is 150GB. Also, once done you might want to open disk management and extend the HD to full 150GB.

    Here's a screen shot:

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by topgundcp; 18 May 2014 at 11:45.

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  2. #12


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    No need to apologize. I like what you are saying there. Won't try it until Tuesday at soonest because everybody is home for the weekend...
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    Do I need to CONCERN myself with the size of the system reserved partitions? How accurate must I hold the sizes to? Are they based on how big the drive was/is when the OS was installed? [Win8 is much larger than Win7]
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    No need to concern with the reserved partitions ? This is strictly a swap so if Windows 8 reserved partition is 350MB then it will be 350MB and for Windows 7, it is 100MB. Macrium will take care of that, you need not to adjust anything.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 19 May 2014 at 16:13.
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  5. #15


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    I did it with Ghost. Now Win8.1 is on the SSD, and all is well.

    Win7 won't boot. I need to get the install disk and do a repair...
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    No need to concern with the reserved partitions ? This is strictly a swap so if Windows 8 reserved partition is 350MB then it will be 350MB and for Windows 7, it is 100MB. Macrium will take care of that, you need not to adjust anything.
    By concern, I was worried about holding it to the EXACT size? I was worried about being off by a cluster and that becoming an issue. When I put Win8.1 on the SSD, the OS partition got resized, and it didn't change the reserved. I had to manually resize the two partitions for Win7, and it won't work. I wonder if I missed a cluster, or if it's something else.
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    Can you post a screen shot of the disks from disk management.
    Also, if you have both disks installed in your PC boot boot them separately, you'll need to get into the BIOS and change the boot order or if your MB has a boot menu by using the function key. If you want to dual boot, ie. you'll get a boot menu which you can select which want to boot then there's a simple command to set them up.
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    The Windows 7 install disk solved the problem with the boot issue, but it added "(recovered)" or "(repaired)" or something like that. I would like to change it to "x64" or just get rid of that part... The computer boots to the SSD, and I get a Windows boot manager to pick which one to use...
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  9. #19


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    Boot menu works, but it's text, not the GUI.

    Don't know how to turn it on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoesMorgue View Post
    Boot menu works, but it's text, not the GUI.

    Don't know how to turn it on...
    It is because you configure the dual boot from Windows 7 boot manager, you need to configure from Windows 8 then you'll get the GUI.
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