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2011\12\04@023656 by V G

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Hi all,

I have a legit windows 7 licence installed to a 30 GB SSD drive. The
30 GB SSD is running out of space, and I'd like to migrate (by copying
the partition) the Windows 7 partition over to a larger hard drive and
expand the partition.

Q: Will windows complain about licencing, etc due to moving the
partition to a different disk? I don't want to bother if it wastes my
time with this licencing nonsense

2011\12\04@031852 by cdb

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::The 30 GB SSD is running out of space, and I'd like to migrate (by ::copying the partition) the Windows 7 partition over to a larger hard ::drive and expand the partition.

Note biased writing here.

So long as the motherboard and RAM are not being touched, you can clone your drive to a new one.

Not free, but I would suggest you look at Acronis Disk director or if you want to make images (for recovery purposes) of drives look at True Image 2012 which will also clone.

However, I'm an MVP on the Acronis forum, so am biased. There are other software offerings out there both free and paid for. I haven't tried the free ones, but other paid ones are Paragon  (who I believe do a free version) and O&O Software.

The Acronis ones will resize the partitions to match the new drive size if you wish, either automatically or you can choose.

If you have any questions on the Acronis stuff, send me an email off list. I am Colin B on the Acronis forum.

Colin
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2011\12\04@033912 by V G

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On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 3:18 AM, cdb <.....colinKILLspamspam@spam@btech-online.co.uk> wrote:

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Thank you for the reply. Saved me much time. I have Paragon partition
manager and Acronis True Image. I'll use Paragon to clone the drive, it
should be able to do it

2011\12\04@064217 by Oli Glaser

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On 04/12/2011 08:38, V G wrote:
> Thank you for the reply. Saved me much time. I have Paragon partition
> manager and Acronis True Image. I'll use Paragon to clone the drive, it
> should be able to do it.

I did this not so long ago (couple of months - when I bought the new drive I posted about) for Vista.
I used the free version of Paragon - it was pretty painless, just a couple of clicks.

2011\12\04@151240 by John Ferrell

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On 12/4/2011 3:18 AM, cdb wrote:
> Acronis forum
I have not bought Acronis because it wants a dedicated copy for each machine. Since I have multiple machines that I care for (Family & Friends), I settle for freeware.  Since there is a version on the Seagate site that supports Seagate/Maxtor hardware I tend to prefer them.



-- John Ferrell W8CCW
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2011\12\05@010040 by cdb

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On Sun, 04 Dec 2011 15:12:38 -0500, John Ferrell wrote:
:: Since there is a version on the
:: Seagate site that supports Seagate/Maxtor hardware I tend to
:: prefer them.

I would just point out for the benefit of other readers - to run the free version from the disk manufacturers requires you to actually have installed and running either a Seagate or Western Digital drive with the corresponding software version. It is product locked.

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2011\12\05@074044 by John Ferrell

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On 12/5/2011 1:00 AM, cdb wrote:
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My benefit as well! I did not realize Western Digital also had it available.
It does have a great influence over what I buy or recommend!

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2011\12\07@000553 by Joe Koberg

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On 2011-12-04 03:18, cdb wrote:
> ::The 30 GB SSD is running out of space, and I'd like to migrate (by
> ::copying the partition) the Windows 7 partition over to a larger hard
> ::drive and expand the partition.
>
>
> However, I'm an MVP on the Acronis forum, so am biased. There are other
> software offerings out there both free and paid for. I haven't tried the
> free ones, but other paid ones are Paragon  (who I believe do a free
> version) and O&O Software.

I suspect the gparted live CD will do it as well.  Open source, ISO available for download at http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php .

As I recall: select and "copy" new partition (in edit menu). Go to new drive. Create new partition table. "Paste" partition. Hit commit and let it rip.

Joe

2011\12\07@001013 by V G

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On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 12:06 AM, Joe Koberg <EraseMEjoespam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTosoft.us> wrote:

> I suspect the gparted live CD will do it as well.  Open source, ISO
> available for download at http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php .
>
> As I recall: select and "copy" new partition (in edit menu). Go to new
> drive. Create new partition table. "Paste" partition. Hit commit and let
> it rip.
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>
Thanks! Totally forgot about gparted

2011\12\07@014221 by William \Chops\ Westfield

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On Dec 3, 2011, at 11:36 PM, V G wrote:

> I have a legit windows 7 licence installed to a 30 GB SSD drive. The
> 30 GB SSD is running out of space, and I'd like to migrate (by copying
> the partition) the Windows 7 partition over to a larger hard drive and
> expand the partition.

I did this recently for my son's laptop (although for a hard drive rather than SSD.)
IIRC, I had trouble getting open source tools (sysrescuecd) to do the obvious desirable things (maybe I just failed to find them in the documentation.  OSSW seems to have a hard time documenting common procedures, preferring to hide them behind obscure and detailed features.  More recently I couldn't figure out how to get sysrescuecd to copy files from a disk to a DVD-R, either.  Lots on setting up a bootable DVD-RW with writable backup area, nothing on creating a simple data disk.  grr.), and ended up using the seagate-provided utility (http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/discwizard ) instead (the destination drive was a seagate.)

Windows-7 didn't complain at all, as far as I know.

BillW

2011\12\08@214018 by Tamas Rudnai

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Norton Ghost is an industry standard for $$$, Clonezilla (clonezilla.org)
is free/opensource and somewhat mimicking Ghost, and of course you can buy
individual disk cloner devices, most of them supports to copy from smaller
disk to bigger one -- but this latter one is only if you do that daily
basis. (like one of these: http://www.itechnews.net/tag/hdd-duplicator/)

Tamas



On 7 December 2011 06:42, William "Chops" Westfield <westfwspamspam_OUTmac.com> wrote:

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