Crucial m4 256GB SSD, Loin, and Windows 7 Transfer

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ///M3///M5, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. ///M3///M5 macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2012

    I am trying to transfer my current 750GB hard drive to a 256GB SSD (Crucial m4) that I want to run internally (as my only drive) on my 13.3" Unibody (bought it two weeks ago) MBP.

    When I run the software that was provided, EZ GIG III, I get an error telling me the drive I am transferring to is smaller than the source. Understand this, but my concern is that it will just start at the beginning and not make it to the partition.

    Basically, sorry for what is probably a newb question, but what is the best way to get all the data off the 750GB drive (including the partition, Win7, etc.) onto the new 256GB SSD without having to re-install Windows 7 via Bootcamp?


    I am mostly in Window 7, so would it be best to buy an Opti-drive and just run both the SSD and 750GB drive internally and just run Win7 on the SSD and Loin on the other?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    look at winclone for the windows partition and Carbon Copy Cloner for the Mac partition
  3. ///M3///M5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2012
    Great. Thanks.

    How should I partition and format the SSD before transferring the clones?
  4. ///M3///M5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2012
    OK. I partition the SSD using Boot Camp. I then use Paragon CampTune to shrink the old Windows 7 partition to a size that would fit on the new 128GB allocation.

    I used Winclone to clone the old HD to the new 128GB partition on the SSD. Started up in Windows on the SSD and it will not boot. I booted on the Windows Disk to try and repair and asked it to repair the start-up and it was unable to do so.

    Did I miss something? Is there an extra step I need to me taking?

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