SSD for Vaio but what about recovery partition on hdd??

Discussion in 'SSD and HDD storage' started by LoughranM110, May 1, 2012.

  1. LoughranM110

    LoughranM110 Member

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    I want to change my HDD in my laptop. Sont Vaio AR71m.

    The HDD is 360gb, which i plan to replace with a Intel 120gb 520 series and buy an external 1TB drive for storing application & media.

    My major issue is the recovery partition on the HDD. How do I copy the data from the HDD recovery partition to a new partition on the SSD. Could the External HDD be used to store the recovery parition?

    I have 3 Recovery disks which are required when fully restoring the system, and i assume (which maybe rather amature of me) that the recovery partion holding the sony recovery options also hold the windows install details.

    I want to do this asap as my laptop currently take about 3.5 minutes to boot and using any programs, even IE8 is fantasticlly slow

    Thank you
  2. scheherazade

    scheherazade Ancient Guru

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    TBH, I'd throw out that recovery partition and just re-install when needed.

    Partition the SSD into two parts.

    Partition 1) Windows (say, 30 gigs. You don't need that much, but some programs always dump part of their install onto your windows drive even if you chose a different drive as the install folder. 30 gigs leaves you some head room.)
    Partition 2) Data (remainder of space)

    Install windows onto the windows partition.
    Pop in a CD/DVD based imaging utility (e.g. live CD with partimage, gparted, whatever), and image the windows partition onto a file saved to the data partition.

    Install all of your programs onto the data partition, so that ONLY windows is on the windows partition.

    Then later on, if you have any issues, pop in the CD/DVD based imaging utility, and restore the saved image file from your data partition onto your windows partition.

    Best part, if you moved your user folder onto the data partition, it will still be intact after the image is restored.
    And all your programs/data are still on your data drive, so you don't have to back-up stuff.

    You can take multiple drive images of your OS.
    Image 1) fresh install + activation
    Image 2) fresh install + activation + drivers (*but no video driver...)
    Image 3) fresh install + activation + all drivers + programs (which you periodically update)

    That way if something breaks, you can roll back to image#3, and if that's broken you can roll back to image#2.

    Image#1 exists so that if you find some crazy compatibility issue with a random driver, you can roll all the way back without wasting time on a re-install and activation.

    (Skipping the video driver in image#2 is for the same reason... sometimes newer versions break when updating an older one, and video drivers change often. Having a clean copy is useful.)

  3. mmicrosysm

    mmicrosysm Master Guru

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    If you have the recovery disks ditch the recovery partition and save yourself some space on the SSD.
  4. k1net1cs

    k1net1cs Ancient Guru

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    IIRC, if you've made the recovery DVDs, the recovery partition would still be made if you install Windows using those recovery DVDs, so it doesn't matter whether you're changing drives or not.

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