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Migrating Windows 8 to SSD while maintaining drive letter?

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    Migrating Windows 8 to SSD while maintaining drive letter?


    Okay, so, I just recently built a new Windows 8 machine. Since I knew I was going to be getting an SSD down the road, I planned ahead:

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    Nutshell, the C: drive, the boot drive, is at the end of the partition, sized to 220 DB, so I knew it would be smaller than the 240/256GB drive I knew I'd eventually be getting. The Users folder is on the D: drive, so the C: partition is only the OS and apps. Everything's dandy.

    I found EasyBCD and used it to move the boot manager over into the C: partition, so theoretically that's all I need to move over to the new drive. So what I want to do is move the C: partition over to the SSD, have it stay C: once it's there, and then have it boot into that partition. (Note that I cannot disconnect the hard drive when it's time to reboot because that's where the Users folder lives and I don't want to break that.)

    I keep running into problems with the "keeping it C" part. When I clone the drive over, the old drive stays as C: (as you would expect), and the new drive gets a new letter. Attempts to change those letters using DISKPART from the Win 8 install DVD have been either futile or disastrous.

    I've been using the free version of Macrium as my cloning / imaging tool...is there a better free tool I should be using? Is there a better method I should be using? I really want to get this done and get on with my life.

    Thanks for any help.

    -- Chris

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    Okay, so, I just recently built a new Windows 8 machine
    As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI BIOS.
    How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    For more info on uEFI:
    Windows and GPT FAQ
    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    UEFI and Windows
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    That's great, but I don't want to reinstall, I want to move the already-existing install over to the SSD. Sending me to a tutorial telling me how to reinstall doesn't help me at all. They are not GPT disks, they are MBR. This should be doable.
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    Sofia
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    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    It's funny. People plan and see later that plan does not work.
    Why planning at all ?

    Now serious

    1. Copy partition with OS to SSD booted from a Live CD.
    2. Boot SSD (It will recognize itsef as C: by default).

    Assuming OS partition was made bootable (holds boot files).
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    Quote Originally Posted by boyans View Post
    It's funny. People plan and see later that plan does not work.
    Why planning at all ?

    Now serious

    1. Copy partition with OS to SSD booted from a Live CD.
    2. Boot SSD (It will recognize itsef as C: by default).

    Assuming OS partition was made bootable (holds boot files).
    Well, that couldn't have been less specific and/or useful.
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