11) Shrink the Windows and Data partition down to a size that will fit on your SSD:
As previously mentioned, Samsung’s support site includes download for a special user’s guides (Norton Ghost Users Manual - Data Migration and Norton Ghost Users Manual Backup and Recovery). Both manuals where created by Samsung for using Ghost to copy your hard drive.
Warning: The data migration guide has a significant omission. Simply put, you can’t copy your files from a partition on your hard drive that is larger than the total size of the SSD.
Since we have already removed any unnecessary files, disabled hibernation and temporarily disabled restore points the space consumed (used space) on your Windows partition should now be less than the amount of required space as calculated in step #2 above. So in theory we should be able to move the files, but one more thing remains to be done, shrink the hard drive’s Windows partition to the 87GB size we calculated in step #2.
There is also another stumbling block. Windows’ Disk Management can shrink a partition but only down to the point where any unmovable files (System Volume and Master File Table) are located, typically located in the middle of a partition. So that large 400GB partition can only be reduced / shrunk down to about 200GB.
This is where we need a third party utility that can relocate these files up to near the front of the partition during the shrink operation, thus allowing us to reduce the Windows partition down to an acceptable size for Ghost 15 to do its job. In this case it must be shrunk to 87GB per step #2. The Data partition must also be reduce down to 20GB.
To overcome the limitation of Disk Management I’ve chosen a utility named “Partition Wizard Home Edition”. It has a number of features but the one we are interested in is the ability to move those unmovable files that stopped Disk Management from reducing the Windows partition down to a size able to fit on the SSD drive.
Install and then run Partition Wizard. You will see the current partition layout of your hard drive displayed. As you can see below, there are 3 partitions, the C:\Windows partition used space has been reduced down to about 18GB and the Data partition is empty.
a) Shrink the Windows partition: Right click on the Windows partition and select “Move / Resize”.
b) In the Move/Resize Partition window move the mouse cursor the right edge of the Windows partition.
c) Left click and drag the right edge of the partition to the left until you reach the 87GB (decimal) size required to fit on the SSD. You can fine tune the size down to the exact value by using the “Partition Size” up/down arrows. (Note: the value shown in the box is in binary; 87GB = 89089.11MB)
d) Click “OK”, the size of the partition after it is shrunk is shown as 87GB. To implement the actual shrink operation you will note that you have 1 “Operations Pending” listed in the lower left corner. Click the “Apply” button in the upper right to start the shrink operation. When prompted, click “Yes” to apply the pending changes.
e) You will prompted to restart the computer as “Operation ‘Resize partition’ cannot be completed because drive C: is being used now”.
f) Click “Restart Now”. Windows will reboot, immediate after the Starting Windows logo partition wizard will resize the partition and when completed reboot the computer again. This time Windows will load and you will be promted to enter your password (if you have one, and you should !!!).
g) Open Windows “Disk Management” and check the size of the Windows partition.
h) Resize the Data partition (D:) down to 20GB using the same steps performed to shrink the Windows partition. No reboot will be necessary.
g) The drive partition map should look similar to that shown below depending on the actual size of your hard drive. It is normal to see areas of “Unallocated” space and no action needs to be taken.
12) Create Image Backup of the System Reserved, Windows 7 and Data partitions ----->
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.