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im thinking to buy a SSD disk that is 128gb and my current HDD is 1TB (almost full), so i was wondering if is there any application that allows me only copy the OS (Windows 7) and the programs installed but no the others files (videos, music, games, etc)

Note: this is only single partition, all the data are together in the same partition

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Is your OS on a separate partition which fits on the SSD (good) or do you have one big 1TB partition (not so good..)? –  speakr Sep 10 '12 at 9:50
    
yeap, i have only 1 partition, the OS and personal data , are in the same partition, im looking something that safely copy Win7 and Program Files Folder, –  Joyal Sep 10 '12 at 11:21
    
One approach would be to backup your personal data to a different drive, then delete it from your HDD, shrink your OS partition to fit the size of your SSD, and then following my answer below. –  speakr Sep 10 '12 at 11:43

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I assume that your OS is on a separate partition and its size does not exceed the size of your SSD.

Using the parted magic live-cd you can do the following:

  1. Boot the parted magic live-cd

  2. Start gparted

    1. If you have a separate Windows 7 boot partition (~100MiB) on your HDD: Create a 100MiB-sized partition on your SSD (be sure that it is aligned correctly) with partition type 0x07 (HPFS/NTFS/exFAT).

      Note that gparted should use correct alignment per default.

    2. Create a (second) partition using all available free space left on your SSD to be used for your Windows 7 system (again, be sure to use correct alignment) with partition type 0x07 (HPFS/NTFS/exFAT).

      To check if the nth partition on your SSD is aligned properly, use this command (where /dev/sda is your SSD):

      parted /dev/sda align-check opt n
  3. Use clonezilla to

    1. clone the 100MiB HDD boot partition to the corresponding partition on your SSD

    2. clone the HDD Windows 7 partition to the corresponding (large) partition on your SSD

  4. Reboot

    If your SSD doesn't boot your cloned Windows 7 installation: Insert your Windows 7 DVD, boot into rescue mode, fix the boot sector (will be called for automatically).

Afterwards your Windows 7 should boot flawlessly from your SSD.


This guide describes most of the above steps more precisely (including steps to decrease the size of your system partition if it is too big); this guide describes similar steps with only using Windows 7 tools.

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This only works if its data is on another partition then the rest of his system. My guess he has a single 1TB partition. –  Ramhound Sep 10 '12 at 11:11
    
@Ramhound Yes, that's why I stated the same in the very first sentence. –  speakr Sep 10 '12 at 11:15

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