6) Restoring the baseline image backup to your new SSD: If you have a Desktop PC or a Laptop with the ability to connect more than 1 disk drive and do not need to keep the original disk signature, follow the instructions below on how to restore the image to your new SSD.
If you wish to keep the original disk signature ( keeping the original signature is optional and not maditiory) or have a Laptop PC which only supports / has a slot for a single disk drive follow the instructions on how to restore the image to your new SSD here --->
Desktop or Laptop that supports more than 1 disk drive: a) A new fresh out of the box SSD is in what is called a “Raw” state. This is to say there is no Master Boot Record (MBR) or GUID Partition Table (GPT) and as a result has no partitions and none can be created until after the drive is initialized. Therefore even though the SSD is physically connected to your PC it must be initialized before Windows or Acronis can see the drive as being attached to your computer.
b) Shut down the computer, connect the new SSD if it is not already connected, boot to Windows 7 and use Windows ‘Disk Management’ to initialize the drive.
Master Boot Record (MBR): Note that if Acronis cannot detect your new SSD drive then you need to use Windows 7’s Disk Management to “Initialize” the drive by creating a Master Boot Record.
Click Start/ right click on the ‘Computer’ option and from the drop down list select ‘Manage’ / in the left column of the ‘Computer Management’ window click on ‘Disk Management’.
When the ‘Initialize Disk’ window opens, verify that the new SSD is selected (Disk 1) and click ‘OK’ to initialize the drive.
The SSD will now be shown as “Unallocated” and ‘Online’. Note: Do not preformat the drive.
c) Connect the external USB drive, wait a few seconds and then start Acronis 2014 to restore the last image you created (128GB_SSD_Baseline_Backup) to the new SSD.
As previously mentioned I will be restoring all the partitions (3 in my case) to the new SSD. I will resize the Windows 7 partition on the new SSD (as previously calculated) to 340GB during the image restore configuration process. The other 2 partitions (100MB System partition should not be resized and 20GB data partition will be increased to about 80GB in size). The remaining unallocated space will be set aside for provisioning.
Choose the baseline backup you created in step #4 (top of the list if you have created more than 1 backup) and click the ‘Recover’ button.
Select the ‘Source’ partitions to recover (System Reserved, Windows partition and Data partition in my example).
In the low left corner click on the ‘Disk recovery options’ link; next click on the ‘Advanced tab’ and in the ‘Disk Recovery Options’ windows and check the ‘Check the file system after recovery’ option and also check the ‘Save the settings as default’ box.
Click on the ‘Performance’ tab and move the slider to the ‘Normal’ position and click ‘OK’.
To restore the image of the ‘System Reserved’ partition: 1) Click the ‘Down arrow’ in the right hand corner of the partition. 2) For the new 500GB SSD click on the “Unallocated” space.
Repeat the process for the Windows 7 partition. Note: you may need to restore the check mark in the box for the Windows partition. This time however you will need to increase the size of the Windows partition to match the value calculated in step #4 (340GB) for the new SSD. Click on the ‘Partition properties’ link in the lower right.
In the ‘Partition Properties’ window enter a label name, example: ‘Win 7 Pro 64Bit’. In the ‘Partition size’ box enter a value of 348160.0 for a partition size of 340GB (340 * 1024). Notice that the Partition size is now shown as 340GB with 125.7GB still shown a ‘Unallocated space’ at the end of the drive, click the ‘OK’ button.
The final partition to be imaged to the new SSD is my existing 20GB data partition. Repeat the process one more time; again you may need to restore the check mark in the box for the Data partition. Now click the ‘Down arrow’ in the right hand corner of the Data partition and for the new 500GB SSD click on the “Unallocated” space.
You should now see all 3 partitions (System Reserved, Windows and Data) displayed and all of them (this is important) should list the Samsung 500GB as the destination when restoring the Image Backup.
Click on the ‘Partition properties’ link in the lower right corner of the remaining “Unallocated” space for the Data partition. As planned in step #4 the partition size will be increased to 80GB (80 * 1024 = 81920) on the new SSD.
In the ‘Partition Properties’ window enter the label name as: Data In the ‘Partition size’ box enter a value of 81920.0 for a partition size of 80GB. Notice that the Partition size is now shown as 80GB with 47.7GB still shown ‘Unallocated space’ at the end of the drive which is the space set aside for “Provisioning”, click the ‘OK’ button.
Click on the ‘Show MBR’ link located in the lower left corner then select the MBR check box. “If” the Recover disk signature check box appears you then have the option to keep the same / original signature currently used to uniquely identify the 128GB SSD or create a new disk signature.
I choose not to keep the signature as I have only run across one application that required re-activation after restoring the image to the new drive and booting to Windows, that particular application happened to be a competitor’s image backup software utility. Acronis will not require re-activation even though the 500GB SSD has a new signature.
Click the 'Recover now' button to restore the baseline image backup to your new SSD.
d) Verify you can boot from the new SSD: After the Image Restore process has successfully completed, exit Acronis and shutdown the computer.
Disconnect the smaller SSD, move the SATA cable that was connected to the smaller SSD and connect it to the new SSD. Remove the power cable from the smaller SSD.
Now with only the new SSD connected, reboot the PC.
Note: Check the boot order and listed devices in your BIOS if you have any problems loading Windows.