09-18-2012 05:21 PM
I have a new Samsung 830 series SSD with 128 GB capacity. I am running a fully updated WIn7 desktop PC with 6 GB RAM and a 1 TB drive with 900 GB of available space.
After reviewing the data usage on the PC's 1 TB internal drive I determined that everything would easily fit onto a 128 GB SSD, other than "My Documents" which I would leave on the hard drive. So I bought a 128 GB SSD.
I havebeen following the Data Migration process from the manual included on the CD that came with the Samsung SSD.
I installed Ghost, followed the steps, and successfully copied my 100 MB System partition. Yay!!
Now I want to copy over the OS drive - C:. Here's where I got stuck.
The C: drive shows a capacity of 915 GB with only 88GB in use (I moved everything else, the contents of "my documents") to an external backup drive. The "unallocated" part of the SSD has 119.1 GB available. When I try to use Ghost to "Copy My Hard Drive" it displays an error message "Cannot update settings" with "Show Details reporting "-Info 6C8F1C25: Cannot update settings.--The selected destination is too small to hold the data. (UMI:V-0-429-26666)"
I think the problem is that Ghost "thinks" I want to move a 915 GB total size of the C: drive into the 119.1 GB available on the SSD. But, of course, all I want to do iscopy the 88 GB of actual data from the C: drive into the 119.1 GB available on the SSD.
How do I get arouind this?
Also, in Win 7's "Disk Management" utility I see that the SSD a) is online, b) shows the 100 MB System Partition having been successfully copied and healthy, and c) shows 119.14 GB "unallocated."
How do I achieve migration?
I'll appreciate any assistance.
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09-18-2012 06:32 PM
The problem is that your data is spread out over too many sectors. Try defragging the drive first then shrink the volume as much as you can in disk management. You can expand it later after the copy. If that doesn't work, you will have to use something like GParted to shrink the partition outside of Windows.
10-06-2012 07:28 AM
Hi, sorry for not providing feedback. I've been traveling heavily and just managed to find time for this project again yesterday.
I used G-parted to resize the OS partition down to 115 GB, that worked fine.
Then I used Ghost to clone that portion onto the SSD, also fine.
I'm not sure what to do next.
I now have:
I believe I need to make the SSD (now the F: and "Disc 1" drive) into the boot drive. But how? I looked through the Samsung "Quick User Manual" and the Norton Ghost manual and the Samsung Magician manual - can't find the answer.
Advice welcome. This is taking so long it's losign its allure. I'd foolishly expected a fairly quick process.
Thanks for the help you guys have provided.
10-06-2012 03:04 PM
Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management?
When you cloned Win7 to the SSD, was there a partition on the SSD or did you clone into unallocated space?
10-06-2012 04:32 PM
I tried to carefully follow the Norton Ghost cloning instructions which seemed to say I should clone into unallocated space. So - I cloned into unallocated space.
First I cloned in the 100 MB system partition of the C: drive
Second, after using Gparted to shrink the OS section to manageable size, I cloned in the OS partition of the C: drive.
Which left me with the following:
10-06-2012 04:36 PM
Your screenshot hasn't yet been approved for our viewing although you can see it. Approval can take a few hours on the weekend. Or you could upload it to Photobucket and post a link.
10-06-2012 06:38 PM - edited 10-06-2012 06:43 PM
We can now see your screenshot. You have set the wrong partition Active.
Remove the HD from your computer. Connect the SSD to the boot SATA port. Boot from the GParted CD and set the 100 MB partition Active.
Now try to boot the SSD.
10-07-2012 02:03 PM
That went smoothly, other than me needing to figure out that " set the 100 MB partition Active" meant to right click on "Manage Flags" and then tick the "Boot" checkbox. Once I did that I was able to boot from the SSD. I then shut down, connected the HD to the other SATA port and everything booted up as I'd hope it would.
Not nearly as well documented as it coud be in the Samsung manual.
Thanks for the help. I should be running a lot faster, here's hoping.