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The 99% Successful SSD Upgrade

I just upgraded our Windows 7 home computer with an SSD drive; it was not 100% successful, but it does work and it is quite a bit faster. I wanted to make it a quick process, so I opted to clone the existing boot drive to the SSD rather that do a fresh load of Windows 7 (or even Windows 10). I have done a couple of SSD upgrades/install previously with no issues.

In the end, I would not have taken that much more time doing a fresh install, but hindsight is always 20/20. My original setup was a single 500GB SATA hard disk divided into a C: and D: drive, D: being primarily data. The new drive is a SanDisk 120GB SSD.

I cloned the C: partition to the SSD from within Windows using EaseUS Free, referencing this article on Lifehacker. That went fine, and the plan was to then set the SSD as the boot drive, hide the old C: partition and leave the D: partition on the hard disk as the data partition.

Using a GParted live CD, I found the clone process had left the C: drive at the original size, so I expanded it to fill the SSD. I disconnected the old hard disk and made sure the SSD did in fact boot, which it did after running a repair from my Windows 7 disk.

I then reconnected the old hard disk, removed the boot flag and added the hidden flag to the original C: partition using GParted again. One more reboot and I have an SSD C: drive, with a D: drive on the traditional disk.

The issues:

1 - At some point during all this, I now have an "unknown device"in device manager, with several components. I expect it's SSD-related, but the drive is otherwise identified correctly, and I can't seem to find any drivers for whatever it is.

2 - I now can't run the Windows experience index tool.

3 - I can't deselect the indexing option on the new C: drive, says I need admins permissions (although the user account is in the admin group)

The fix:

Although both of those are obviously a concern to a degree, the system otherwise works well and it is noticeably faster than before. Cost wise, this was the best price/performance upgrade I could have done to an older system.

My ultimate goal would be to just do a fresh install of Windows 7 or perhaps Windows 10 when things settle down with that OS, and retain my older hard disk as the data drive as before. Not sure about Windows 10, as my wife is the primary user of the computer, and I'm not sure how comfortable she would be with such a change.

So, I am pretty happy with my 99% success rate so far.

*UPDATE* - By The Power of Greyskull, or simply by virtue of my clean living *ahem*, everything is now working.

I was beginning to think that the unknown device was the onboard IDE controller, as my IDE CD-ROM was acting a bit flaky. I deleted the device from device manager and rebooted. Lo and behold, the issues mentioned above are no more, and I would venture to say this is now a 100% successful upgrade.

Sweet monkey lovin' !


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