This link was recently updated with the following comment:
"Wow. This article makes things way harder than they need be. I’m not sure if the folks at The Geek are aware of this, but Windows 7 is fully SSD aware. Fully. That means that awareness extends to the Windows 7 backup and restore utility and its built in disk image function. You can try and verify for yourself, but I promise that this is a true thing. What this means is that if you are migrating an existing Windows 7 installation from a standard hard disk to an SSD, you do NOT need Clonezilla or EaseUS Partition Manager, and you do NOT need to use diskpart to align the partitions. Really.
After reading this article I was filled with doubt about what I thought I knew, so I set about verifying that what I thought I knew was right. And here’s what I thought I knew (and have verified to be so.)
A Windows 7 system image generated by the Windows 7 backup and restore utility from a Windows 7 installation on a standard hard disk is properly aligned automatically when that image is used to migrate/restore the Windows 7 OS to a solid state disc. How did I verify this? Well, I checked the Dell Latitude E6500 that sits on my desk which was set up in exactly this way. Partitions are aligned properly. Then I called a friend for whom I had just a few weeks ago migrated an existing Windows 7 installation from a Western Digital Scorpio Black 320 gig drive to a Samsung 470 SSD just a few weeks ago and had him check the partition offset. It was perfect. (1048576.) And then I checked half a dozen assorted other laptops and desktops I had migrated from spinning hard disks to SSDs using Win 7′s own backup and restore generated system image and in each and every case the SSD was aligned properly.
If you have Win 7, you don’t need Clonezilla or EaseUS or Acronis or Ghost. All you need is Win 7. Boot with the Wi n 7 OS DVD or a recovery disc and restore the system image to the new drive. That’s it. Check for yourself.
The advice on things like defrag? Good advice, but you don’t need Defraggler or any third party software for that either. Win 7′s defrag consolidates free space. You can verify this by running Win 7′s defrag from as an admin from the command prompt. (CMD–>run as administrator) Run defrag /c /u /v
Yes, clear all the temp files. Disable hibernation. Reduce the swap file (but don’t turn it off completely.) Run Win 7′s defrag from the command prompt. Shrink the partition (if needed to make it fit on the new SSD.) Generate a system image on an external USB or eSATA (if your system supports booting with eSATA) drive. Install your SSD and restore the system image. That’s it."
It seems like the alternatives for migrating the operating system to a SSD is rapidly changing and getting easier. Current software migration aids include Aomei, Acronis and Paragon and if this comment is correct I may not even need these programs.
I am planning to use my new Black Friday purchased OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB SSD mainly to speed up booting my 2009 computer and I have been reading up.
I considered a fresh install from win 7 32 bit to win7 64 bit but it seemed the only advantage of 64 bit Win 7 for me was that I could use a larger than 3 TB drive as a boot drive and now I won't be doing that. While a fresh install would clean up a lot of accumulated junk it would also take a lot time, require preparation of outlook data, backing up internet favorites, preparation of my direct attached storage hardware raid device which stores media backups and my system backup and the reinstallation of many programs, (some of which require original software or codes that will be time consuming or difficult to get)
So, my question is, "Am I correct that the migration process has become simpler and more dependable than it was six months ago?" Is Windows 7 fully SSD aware or should I use Aomei Partition Assistant?