12) Create Image Backup of the System Reserved, Windows 7 and Data partitions:
This is the image you will restore to the SSD drive. Note that if you have a “Recovery Partition” you will want to include it as part of the backup even if Ghost 15 can not copy it to the SSD drive as this is the last backup of your hard drive you will create. If something should go wrong you can always use this backup to restore any partition or the entire hard drive and try again.
The hard drive I’m using for this article does not have a recovery partition, but it does have a System, Reserved, Windows 7 and Data partition.
Start by connecting the external USB drive. Then create a destination folder for the image files using a meaningful folder name (Example: Win7_PriorToMoveToSSD).
The steps are otherwise exactly the same as the first image you created in Step #1. Don’t forget to include that hidden System, Reserved partition as this is needed for Windows to boot from. After the backup has completed you should see a list of backups you have created on the USB drive.
13) Verification of ACHI Mode:
To take advantage of TRIM, make sure your SATA controller is set to AHCI mode (you can do so in your BIOS). AHCI is needed for native TRIM support in Windows 7 to function. If AHCI is enabled the Eject and remove the USB drive and skip to step #12 otherwise read and perform the Fix It step listed below.
If AHCI is not enabled in the BIOS, do not enable it as doing so will cause Windows to fail to boot and Startup Repair can not fix this type of issue.
With the Samsung 830 series SSD you have two options if AHCI is not enabled: a) Skip enabling AHCI and use Samsung’s Magician utility’s Performance Optimization option. b) Enable AHCI using the following Knowledge Base article and run the Fix It option.
Error message when you start a Windows 7 or Windows Vista-based computer after you change the SATA mode of the boot drive: "STOP 0x0000007B INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE" http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
After doing so change the BIOS setting to ACHI and reboot to Windows. Note: If prompted a second reboot may be required.
Now Trim should be functional but you will need to make an additional backup as the prior backup is of no use.
Again start by connecting the external USB drive. Then create another destination folder for the image files using a meaningful folder name (Example: Win7_AHCI_Enabled_PriorToMoveToSSD). This will now be the image backup you will restore to the SSD.
Eject and remove the USB drive.
14) Install and initialize the SSD drive:
These steps are taken in large part from the Norton Ghost 15 / Samsung Data Migration guide, titled “How to copy partitions from an HDD to a Samsung SSD”, Chapter #2. I will be using a desktop computer, laptop users should read the next paragraph.
“If you are a notebook user, you must purchase a separate USB to SATA adapter cable”. If your laptop has a second hard drive slot you can use that for connecting the SSD.”
Note: The Samsung / Ghost Migration guide provides instruction for both Windows XP and Windows 7 based computers. I will be following the Windows 7 based instructions.
Desktop users should power down the computer, then connect the SSD to any available SATA cable connection, leaving the hard drive still connected. The assumption is the SSD drive is new and fresh out of the box and therefor not initialized.
Boot the computer to Windows and initialize the SSD unit as follows: Open ‘Disk Management’ and initialize the SSD drive (this creates a MBR), no need to create any partitions.
Do not format the SSD, leave it “Unallocated”.
15) Coping the hard drive to your SSD drive from within the Windows environment ----->
Intro: How to move Windows 7 from a larger Hard Drive to a smaller SSD drive using Norton Ghost 15 Page 2- 1) Install Ghost 15. Page 3 - 2) Create a System Restore Disk (SRD). Page 4 - 3) Create a baseline image backup. Page 5 - 4) Calculate the size of your Windows partition for use on the SSD. 5) Optional: Move user’s data files (Documents, Photo, Music, Etc.) to your USB drive. 6) Optional: Disable Hibernation. 7) Reduce the amount of space allowed for system restore points.
Page 6 - 8) Run Disk Cleanup and check amount of used disk space on hard drive. 9) Check amount of used disk space on hard drive. 10) Disable the Windows Scheduled Defragmentation.
Page 7 - 11) Shrink the Windows partition down to a size that will fit on your SDD. Page 8 - 12) Create Image Backup of the System, Reserved and Windows 7 partitions. 13) Verification of ACHI Mode. 14) Install and initialize the SSD drive.
Page 9 & 10 - 15) Coping the hard drive to your SSD drive from within the Windows environment.
Page 11 - 16) Create a “Performance Benchmark” reference baseline. 17) Enable Hibernation. 18) Turn on System Protection (restore points). 19) Update the performance index scores.
Page 12 - 20) Create your first Restore Point. 21) Create your first image backup of the SSD drive. 22) What to do with your hard drive. 23) Verify Windows 7 boots and both drives are listed in Disk Management.
Page 13 - 24) Move the Windows 7 pagefile (Optional). 25) Restore user’s documents from USB drive to newly created partition on hard drive.