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 Post subject: System disk migration/refresh - will this work?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:33 pm 
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I have a Samsung 256 GB SSD system disk that has some corrupted Win7 system files that are problematic. Like the Windows Installer, for example. It also has no "Reserved System" area in the front of the disk. It only has a single partition. It runs mostly OK, until I want to install or change something.

I want to clean up my act, so...

1. Use Easy Transfer to save off all the settings, etc. from the Samsung SSD to an external drive.
2. Pull the Samsung SSD
3. Install a spare disk (in this case a 300GB WD VelociRaptor) and do a new full Win7 install.
4. Install/recover all the data/files/setting saved with Easy Transfer onto the WD.
5. Create a disk Image of the full "new" WD system disk, along with a recovery disk, using Macrium.
6. Pull the WD, replace it with the Samsung SSD and wipe the old partition.
7. Using the Macrium Recovery disk, restore the system image to the blank Samsung SSD.

Now I would have a fresh Win7 install, and retain all my application settings, etc., right?

Would this work?

Is there a better way?

Thanks for any thoughts and suggestions!

The Gunny


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 Post subject: Re: System disk migration/refresh - will this work?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:48 pm 
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Do a repair install first, see if this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: System disk migration/refresh - will this work?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:51 pm 
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I've tried that several times. The repair runs, and "thinks" everything is OK.... Until I try and change a program, or even uninstall something. I think I've got other "little" things corrupted also, although all the programs I've added seem to work OK.

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 Post subject: Re: System disk migration/refresh - will this work?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:57 pm 
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Just save the Program Data and Users folder, that's all you really need.


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 Post subject: Re: System disk migration/refresh - will this work?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:02 pm 
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Do you mean to just save those two folders (with sub folders of course) using Easy Transfer? Does that take care of any magic links that have to happen to the clean OS installation when they are restored??

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 Post subject: Re: System disk migration/refresh - will this work?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:21 pm 
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I'm not sure, I haven't used the program since I do manual back ups. I do know that saving the Users folders will basically save a ton of work on say, Firefox (I just copy my profile over, done).


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 Post subject: Re: System disk migration/refresh - will this work?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:58 am 
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GunnySpook wrote:
....Now I would have a fresh Win7 install, and retain all my application settings, etc., right?....


It will save the %AppData% folder which has all app user profiles IF the app chooses to use that folder to store your settings, etc. Most do.

So you would install all apps and then load the app data with Easy Transfer. [your MyDocs too]

Backup your drive image so you can reverse course if needed.


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