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    Migration to SSD

    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. Looking for guidelines (how to) to migrate operating system, programs and some files from present C drive to new internal SSD. Google comes up with many choices, but which one do Windows Secrets readers recommend?

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    Depending on the SSD maker, most will have a tool for migrating data.

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    Either pare down your files ahead of time if you need the room or after the migration. If nothing is included, both Macrium Reflect and EaseUS ToDo free (I can vouch for the later one) can clone or image and restore to the SSD. There's a little checkmark to tic in the process to optimize for SSD (which means to align the partition if it isn't already). When the process is complete and the SSD is the main system drive, refresh the Windows Experience Index so Win 7 will recognize the SSD and disable the defragmentation schedule for that drive.
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    Cloning is probably one of the better ways to do the job, imaging will work too.

    Once you've cloned the drive, ensure that TRIM is active if Windows 7 doesn't automatically do so.
    To ensure TRIM is active, open an elevated command prompt and paste: "fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify" without the quotes.
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    Thank you for suggestions, I will let you know results. Whitey

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    Whitey,

    I just used Macrium Reflect Pro to Clone my new Win 8 computer's 1TB HD to a 128 GB SSD. There are options to resize the partitions so all I had to do was resize the C: partition down to the size that would fit after all the other (System Recovery, etc.) partitions were copied. After it completed a quick swap of cables and I was booting, lickety split I might add, from the SSD! HTH
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