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ggrussell
07-04-2015, 05:21 PM
I've owned several laptops and have used many apps to clone and partition drives. But this laptop has been a nightmare to migrate the OS to a SSD.

I purchased the Samsung EVO 850. Loaded the Samsung migration software and ended up corrupting the 1TB HHD forcing me to refresh the system.

Any suggestions for good cloning app? I would like to have the Recovery partition on the SSD, too.

Gps3dx
07-04-2015, 08:00 PM
I can suggest that because you move from rotating HDD to an SSD - reinstall the OS from scratch.
During windows OS installation, it perform some tweaks, depending on the storage type.

P.S - why insisting on the recovery partition ?
is was programmed to format C drive to an absurd large size, plus that way you'll restore also all the bloatware our beloved asus put on the g751.
Don't you wish to have a large partition for data, and something like ~80GB for windows ( which you'll never fill up, if you save data on the other partition ) - that way - if the OS get FU**ed, you data will be hole/non-touched while you perform the repair/upgrade to any win version you would like ( don't forget: win 10 coming in the end of this month ).

Clintlgm
07-04-2015, 11:02 PM
Yes Macrium Reflect would have worked for you. now that your hard drive is corrupted Clean Install, get your ISO here (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media) get all your drivers here Asus Support Downloads (http://support.asus.com/download/options.aspx?SLanguage=en&type=1) If you need a step x step check out the Windows 8 forum (http://www.eightforums.com/gtsearch.php?cx=partner-pub-7156303416008077%3A205v6qk06j2&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=UTF-8&q=install+OEM+ke) be sure to download you hardware drivers and have them ready, the very first one to install will be the chipset drivers IRST and IME ATK Video and audio I usually all these before letting windows update.

ggrussell
07-05-2015, 03:08 PM
IF I do a clean install of Windows, what about the EFI partition? isn't that used by the BIOS?

If this wasn't a PIA enough, one of those tiny screws fell inside. How do I take the case apart?

Edit: Got the screw out and finally got the SSD installed. Thanks

Clintlgm
07-06-2015, 12:12 AM
Yes You will need to do this clean install In UEFI mode the install will create all the partition needed. Here are some step by step tutorials (http://www.eightforums.com/gtsearch.php?cx=partner-pub-7156303416008077%3A205v6qk06j2&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=UTF-8&q=How+to+install+UEFI) Be sure you have downloaded all your hardware drivers before you start. You will need to install the Chipset drivers and ATK package for everything to work.

CynthiaBlack
07-06-2015, 01:50 AM
i think the best solution for your problem is to using AOMEI Partition Assistant , which brings a new function named "Migrate OS to SSD (http://www.disk-partition.com/help/migrate-system-wizard.html) or HDD Wizard", which is especially designed for users who want to quickly migrate operating system from old hard drive to a new one or SSD without reinstalling Windows operating system and applications and it supports MBR and GPT disks. With this software, you do not need to worry about the problems mentioned above anymore.