Click Start/Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/System/System Protection.
Click the ‘Create’ button and enter a meaningful description.
Click the ‘Create’ button. Exit System Protection once the restore point has been created.
21) Create your first image backup of the SSD drive:
Now that you have successfully moved Windows to the Solid State Drive you should create a baseline backup of the SSD unit.
The steps are otherwise exactly the same as the first image you created in Step #1.
a) Start by connecting the external USB drive.
b) Start Ghost and on the ‘Task’ tab select the One Time Backup option.
c) The One Time Backup Wizard will start, then click ‘Next’ to continue.
d) Drives: select the drive or partition to backup. Place a checkmark in the Show Hidden Drives box, then select (Ctrl Key plus mouse click on each partition) all the partitions on your hard drive. You no longer have a recovery partition but you should see the normally hidden System Reserved partition, the Windows 7 partition, Data and vendor provided Utilities or Diagnostic partition; include them all as part of the baseline backup.
Note that my drive has the 3 partitions I copied from the hard drive: System Reserved, Windows 7 and the Data partition. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
e) Backup Destinations: 1) Click the ‘Browse’ button and navigate to your USB drive. 2) Click on the ‘Make New Folder’ button. 3) Enter a meaningful folder name (Example: Win7_G15_SSD_Baseline-01) and click the ‘OK’ button. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
f) External Drive Alias: If you are prompted to assign an alias for your USB drive, accept the default alias name and click ‘OK’.
g) Options: Compression: Change from ‘standard’ to ‘Medium’, which is the best compromise between the size of the image backup files and speed / time to create the backup.
Verify recovery point after creation: Check this option. Enable search engine support for Google Desktop: leave unchecked. Description: Use this box to enter a meaningful reason for creating the backup.
Click ‘Next’ to continue.
h) Completing the One Time Backup Wizard: Review the drives and options (no advanced options are needed) you selected. Click ‘Finish’ to start the backup.
The progress window will be displayed. The progress bar’s remaining time will not be very accurate until it reaches about the 30% mark.
i) When the backup completes click ‘Close’ and then exit Ghost.
22) What to do with your hard drive:
If your hard drive included a “Recovery” partition and the manufacture did not supply any recovery media, now would be a good time to order the recovery media. If recovery media is no longer available then I would suggest you keep the hard drive disconnected for a period of a few weeks until you are certain that the SSD is working properly before you wipe the drive and repartition it. If you have no plans to use it for data storage then keep the drive in a safe place in case you ever need it.
Since your initial Ghost backup was of the hard drive and it included the recovery partition (if you had one) you can recover the hard drive and use it. Alternatively the baseline Image backup of your SSD drive can also serve as a means of recovery to either another SSD or a hard drive. Frequent Image Backups of your SSD will not only provide a means of recovery and also a less likely chance of losing any newly installed applications. Note: When recovering an Image Backup to a hard drive you use the “Recover my Computer” option in the ‘Tasks’ tab, for an SSD unit you use the ‘Copy my Hard Drive’ option in the ‘Tools’ tab.
If you plan to use the hard drive for data file storage: You must first delete at least the Master Boot Record (MBR), the System, Reserved and Windows 7 partitions. This is required not only to meet the terms of the Windows 7 license but also insure there are no drive conflicts when the computer is first powered on with both drives connected. If space is tight on the SDD you can also move the pagefile to the SSD.
Warning: Both drives must not be connected until the hard drive preparation has been completed. This means you will temporarily disconnect the SSD, connect the hard drive and boot using any Windows 7 “Retail” installation DVD or a third party drive utility to wipe the drive.
1. Boot from your Windows 7 installation disc. 2. When the screen that prompts you to select a Language, Time and Keyboard is displayed, press Shift + F10, this will open a command prompt window. 3. At the command prompt enter (without the quotes) "diskpart" (Example: X:\Sources> dispart) and press the Enter key. 4. From the DISKPART> prompt enter "list disk" (remember no quotation marks) and press enter. 5. Hopefully you can see your hard drive listed. You should see a number identifying it. Now type "select disk X" (where X is the number identifying your drive) and press enter.
The next step writes a blank / new MBR, YOU WILL LOSE Windows and ALL DATA ON THE DRIVE.
6. Type "clean" and press enter. 7. Exit the command prompt, remove the Windows DVD and shut down the computer. 8. With the hard drive still connected, connect the SSD unit and boot to Windows. 9. Open ‘Disk Management’ and Initialize the hard drive. Now you are free to create a new partition or partitions for use as data file storage. 10. If you plan to move the pagefile (to reduce wear) from the SSD to your hard drive, then create a small partition about twice the size of your pagefile as the first partition on the hard drive. For a computer with 8GB of memory, a 20GB partition will suffice. 11. I would suggest you use the “Full” format option when creating new partitions, takes longer but it will catch any bad sectors. Third party utilities: Some hard drive manufactures provide drive test utilities that also include a means of removing the Master Boot Record (MBR) by means of a “Write zeros” function. Western Digital also includes a “Quick” wipe that write zero to the front and end of the drive, which is all you need to remove the MBR.
It is recommended that you use the bootable CD version of the utility when available and disconnect the SSD before using the utility. If you decide to install the Windows based version, be certain you select the hard drive as the target for the wipe operation.
It also can’t hurt to test the hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. values or “Short / Long” test to insure the drive is not about to fail.
23) Verify Windows 7 boots and both drives are listed in Disk Management:
With both drives connected verify that you can still boot to Windows which is now only on your SSD. Verify that you can access the new partition of the data drive.
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.