Migrating Pre-Installed 8.1 From Hybrid HDD To SSD
Jan 19, 2014
I just bought the HP Envy 17t-j100 Quad Edition with the 1TB hybrid drive and the 240GB SSD Upgrade Kit that you can get on the Customize and Buy page. I wanted to put the OS onto the SSD because I haul my laptop all over the countryside for work and it takes a beating and the SSD withstands that kind of treatment better. After a huge fiasco of trying to get mounting brackets and connecting cable that should come with the kit but don't, I finally got the thing physically installed in my second drive bay.
I tried using Acronis True Image to clone it over, as that was the cloning software that came with the SSD but apparently that version was incompatible with 8.1. So I bought the newer version, but apparently Acronis won't work if the drives are that different in size. I finally had a repair shop guy migrate it over for me but he had to enable Legacy booting to do it and now I have this obnoxious message in the lower right part of my screen:
That is a minor annoyance and if I have to live with it, so be it. But I also find myself having difficulty downloading drivers from HP because now that I have a new SSD instead of the original hybrid drive, my specs no longer conform to the specs of my model of laptop and HP can't figure out which drivers are the right ones for my machine. I know I should have had the guy at the shop keep it and finish the job properly but I need my computer for my work and can't be without it overnight. My old laptop died and I'm limping along with this one as best I can until I get it up to speed.
The guy from the shop told me that I would have to disable Legacy booting if I wanted to get rid of that message. He also told me that to do that I would need to create a bootable disk and then re-install 8.1 after disabling Legacy booting on the SSD. This is the point at which my limited expertise fails me.
I am having trouble creating the bootable USB drive because when I try to download the file and enter my product key it says, "This product key cannot be used to install a retail version of WIndows 8.1." I take that to mean that my pre-installed 8.1 product key is not the same as the type of key needed for the download. So I'm stuck there.
My main question is this: Will it work to just do a full re-install using the existing 8.1 that was migrated from the hybrid drive to my SSD or will I end up screwed because I can't find the right drivers once I remove the few drivers the shop guy installed for me because I'm on a different type of drive than HP recognizes?
On Acer 3820TG (Win 8.1) I am trying to force system to use hybrid shutdown/fast startup function. I've already tried all steps from this topic: Fast Startup - Force Use by All Users in Windows 8 but no success - system performs full shutdown. The only solution that works for me is shutting down with command "shutdown.exe /s /hybrid /t 0". Then system shuts down in ~5 sec and starts in ~15 s.
If you shut down a computer from the right-click-left-bottom-corner menu in desktop mode, then click Shutdown -> system performs full shutdown. If you click Shutdown in charms bar -> system performs hybrid shutdown. Now my PC is starting in 8s, laptop in 15s.
I recently installed windows 8.1 and there is a problem with the windows Fast Start up (hybrid boot) feature as sometimes it works and windows starts very fast and sometimes it doesn't starts fast but just take sometime to start as if I started from a cold boot. I tried everything from inside the windows to solve this problem but nothing worked
I read in some threads that this fast boot technology works by saving the system into a hibernation file in the system drive when you shutdown the PC and at boot Hybrid boot well just use this hibernation file to start up faster by loading some system related files from it.
So I thinks that sometimes it loads the information from the hibernation file to load the system fast and sometimes it doesn't load anything from the hibernation file and load as if it was starting on a cold boot.
I've had problems since yesterday regarding the hybrid (fast startup) shutdown.
The machine just won't do it, instead it does a full shutdown. I have the option thickened under power options but it still doesn't work.
The only software change was running a portable version of 00 Defrag 16. I used a portable version because installing it would cause the problem I described above (maybe something about reg files?). I've used the portable version a few days ago but just to scan the drive, yesterday I started to defragment the drive and then the problem surfaced.
Running the shutdown -s -hybrid -t -f 0 does a full shutdown too.
I have a new HP Envy h8-1414 and have it pretty well set up the way I want it. It seems to be working out alright.
Now I would like to migrate the system to a Intel SSD. Under Win 7 on another machine the process was very easily done by using Intel's Migration software. That process did not have to deal with and EFI BIOS but under the new HP it will have to deal with it. Also, I hope it will migrate the Factory Recovery partition. (The Win 7 is a home brew so there was no factory recovery involved.)
Does Intel's Migration software will take care of both the EFT stuff as well as the factory recover? If not, will you recommend a process that will do so as foolproof as possible?
I thought of creating a system image of the spinner and using the Win 8 recovery disc to restore it to the new SSD. Will that work?
Recently, I have a hybrid laptop (Lenovo Yoga 2 13). It recognizes my different laptop positions, so the keyboard is disabled when I rotate the screen.
But when I use it in laptop mode (using regular keyboard to type), I still get the touch keyboard on screen when I touch the screen on a writing field. How can I disable the touch keyboard if I use the tablet in laptop mode?
I created a new task using the task manager with "at system startup" trigger. This used to work with Windows 7, but now with Windows 8 and its hybrid boot feature, the task is only run when the system does a full boot.
So, how do I run a command at hybrid boot startup without the user being logged in? I don't want to disable hybrid boot either.
I migrated my hard drive using Paragon which was running Windows 8 a few days ago from my 500GB to my 3TB hard drive. It worked fine for a while however it's now been acting up recently. I noticed that the system reserved partition on my new hard disc (G: ) is only "Active, Primary Partition" and I still have a system reserved partition on my old hard disc (E: ) which is "System, Active, Primary Partition" so I'm guessing it's still somehow tied to my OS (even though I formatted my old hard disc as I want to set up a dual-boot system with Linux Mint), and the fact that whenever I start up my computer it says it's repairing E:.
What to do to make it so the system reserved G: partition is the "System, Active, Primary Partition" and how I can merge/format the E: and F: partitions on my old hard drive after?
I know the little mistake I made with the 3TB drive only being recognised as 2TB.
how to migrate my electronic database of my personal CD collection from my old Windows XP Home Edition computer to my new one, which runs on Windows 8. I originally downloaded the software in 2003 and it now contains details of my extensive classical CD collection. The original designer and licensor of Classic Collector (which is very much a one-man-band) is no longer able to service enquiries owing to illness. I understand it is now available as a free download, but am not sure how much use that is to me as I already have a database containing several hundred 'covers' (CDs or CD sets) and several thousand individual music items.
I have a Toshiba Satellite hybrid, with Windows 8, 4GB RAM and 128 SSD hard drive. I have full Microsoft office and very few other programs, there are the Toshiba installed software which I don't use and the windows 8 based 'apps' which I also hardly use.
My 128GB was about 70% full from week one, but now it is almost 100% full, I regularly carry out disk clean up, but I unable to get more than 1GB free on my hard drive, can this be right? How can I resolve this?
i have a Lenovo Ideapad Z585 running Windows 8, secure boot, gpt paritioning and UEFI bios.The laptop comes with a factory shipped 1TB Sata drive which i want to replace with a Kingston V300 SDD 120GB drive.
I have followed this guide How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.Ive run this in another desktop, it completes and i shut down, remove the destination and insert it into the laptop - power up and it blue screens with There has been an unexpected error message. Trying to access the recovery partition says it is damaged but looks like its almost going to load. Looking at the drive in EaseUS paritition master the paritions look a perfect copy apart from the proportional sizing.
AHCI is enabled in bios - i've tried EaseUS Backup clone, task was successfull but again blue screens but this time with a attached device cant be found.
One thing i wasnt sure about, the PC i done the cloning in has a RAID stripe setup but not sure if this effects it.Any one had success in cloning a GPT drive over to a SSD?
I cant do a fresh installation of windows 8 as i dont have recovery discs, nor does the onekey recovery software allow me to do so and id like to keep the recovery parition in tact really.
Recently I've upgraded my toshiba laptop with w7 to Windows 8.1 (without keeping any settings), but I cant get my synaptics touchpad to work.
Windows automatically installed some drivers for the touchpad but it didnt work. Then I downloaded newest generic drivers from synaptics website but they wouldnt install - I get an "installation failed" error without any elaboration.
So I've installed synaptics driver that was provided for my laptop for win 7. It installed nicely, but the touchpad still doesnt work - disabling/enabling it in synaptics tab in mouse settings doesnt change anything.
I thought that maybe now the generic driver will install that I have an older synaptics version installed and not some random windows driver, but no, the installation still fails.
The story unfolds :P Next I downloaded toshiba synaprics driver for win 8.1 that was developed for some newer laptop model as mine is no longer supported. The installation went smoothly but the touchpad still doesnt work.....
Currently using Onboard RAID1 which is just a pair of 1TB SATA drives that boots into windows 8.1. SATA BIOS mode is set to RAID.
I need want to switch the onboard SATA mode to AHCI so I can boot to SSD, instead.
I'm sure some have tried this: If you just clone the RAID partition as it sits on to the SSD, it will not boot the SSD when the SATA Bios mode is set to AHCI.
So, besides a bare-metal reinstall, how do move my Windows 8.1 installation on to the SSD so that when its all done the SSD will boot into windows and the SATA Bios is in AHCI mode? I'm not opposed to purchasing software like Macrium or Acronis if any of those can do the job.
It seems like anyone using onboard RAID would have run into this problem after purchasing an SSD.
I just bought a copy of Acronis True Image 2013 with Plus Pack. It appears that this is all I need as True Image will install the new motherboard drivers as part of the migration process. But do I stay with MBR or move to GPT?
Presently both Win7 (on a 120GB SSD drive) and Windows 8 (on a different 120GB SSD drive) are both MBR format. I don't want to start over from scratch. That's why I bought the Acronis 2013 with Plus Pack.
I just recently built a new Windows 8 machine. Since I knew I was going to be getting an SSD down the road, I planned ahead:
Nutshell, the C: drive, the boot drive, is at the end of the partition, sized to 220 DB, so I knew it would be smaller than the 240/256GB drive I knew I'd eventually be getting. The Users folder is on the D: drive, so the C: partition is only the OS and apps. Everything's dandy.
I found EasyBCD and used it to move the boot manager over into the C: partition, so theoretically that's all I need to move over to the new drive. So what I want to do is move the C: partition over to the SSD, have it stay C: once it's there, and then have it boot into that partition. (Note that I cannot disconnect the hard drive when it's time to reboot because that's where the Users folder lives and I don't want to break that.)
I keep running into problems with the "keeping it C" part. When I clone the drive over, the old drive stays as C: (as you would expect), and the new drive gets a new letter. Attempts to change those letters using DISKPART from the Win 8 install DVD have been either futile or disastrous.
I've been using the free version of Macrium as my cloning / imaging tool...is there a better free tool I should be using?
I just bought a Seagate ST750LX003 Momentus XT 750 GB as the new primary drive for my gaming laptop, and I'm wondering how to defrag them, and whether it is safe. I wanted the best of both worlds (space and speed) so I went for the middle ground. What is the difference between a regular HDD, SSHD, and a SSD? Do I just let Windows perform its' normal defrag routine as I normally would, or do I need to download some kind of proprietary software from Seagate that will do it? I like to use 3rd party software (UltimateDefrag) for my defrag operations, is all. And how much can I fill it up before it starts to slow down? I ask because I've heard that you cant fill an SSD up past around 50 to 60% or so before it slowly starts to degrade, since it needs room to perform its' TRIM (defrag) operations. Is this also true of SSHDs?
I'm using Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit. If I go to Control Panel/Windows Update/View Update History KB2919442 is shown as installed successfully on the 12 March 2014 "BUT" if I go to Control Panel/Windows Update/Installed Updates there is no KB2919442 listed.
If I download KB2919442 directly from Microsoft and try to install it manually it says "This update is not applicable to your computer"
I'm obviously having no success trying to install KB2919355 as it never shows as available in Windows Update and if I download it manually from Microsoft and try installing manually I get the same error message "This update is not applicable to your computer"
Installing WMC Add-On appears to change Windows 8's cd key to that used to install the add-on. I had to re-activate the OS after that. The new OS's name is shown as "Windows 8 Pro with Windows Media Center".
I am wondering if the CD Key for Windows 8 Pro remains valid. What is the process of reinstalling Windows 8 Pro with WMC without its setup DVD.
Last night I installed windows 8.1 preview through the windows store. It all worked fine and it seemed like there was nothing wrong. When I woke up this morning my pc gets past the windows loading screen (The new fish thing looks just plain stupid) but then my screen just goes black. The screen is still on and receiving a signal but my pc won't get to the start screen.
I tried booting without any USB device plugged in.
I tried booting to safe mode but it had the same problem.
Start-up repair did not work. I removed my graphics card and used my the i5 2500k's graphics chip but still no use.
Before I installed 8.1 I removed the classic start-menu app before installing.
Is there anything else I can try before re-installing? All my files are backed up so it wont affect me that much but it will just be annoying to re-install all of my programs.
Is this normal? if not then how do I use ALL of the memory?It detects that I have 8gb of ram but it only uses 4gb of it. I saw that 4gb was in hardware reserve and i dunno how to allocate more memory for use...
1. BIOS is updated 2. I can only change the DRAM Frequency in the BIOS, I currently set it to 1600 in hopes of fixing it 3. Msconfig > Boot > Advanced > Maximum memory unticked 4. I have also put both sticks in slot 1 & 3 but no luck 5. Kingston HyperX Fury is not on my mobo's compatibility list 6. Regedit-> Hkey local machine->CurrentControlSet->Control->SystemResources->ReservedResources -> No Value set 7. I tried to boot my pc using each sticks themselves, still no luck but: 8. There are no programs that are hogging the ram yet 9. I have contacted the Kingston representative over at tomshardware.com 10. for more details: 8GB of ram installed but i can only use 4GB of it? - RAM - Memory
Is it possible my new windows 8 computer does not have a browser installed? It's been a week, I keep searching, can't find one anywhere. I installed chrome on it, that works. I assume I can download IE free from MS, But IE has to already be on this thing someplace. Where is it?
Where are Metro Apps Installed. I know there is a folder in Program FilesWindowsApps but Are they User related or System Related? Or they are like Preinstalled and get installed on new account creation?
Also I see a lot of folder of the same Apps with different versions. Is it safe to remove older versions (folders)?
Unlike windows 7 in windows 8 when i shutdown my PC, the monitor shuts down in 4-5 secs, but my CPU still runs for while(approx. 1 min), I have to wait until the whole PC shuts down. If I don't & cut the power from the UPS Battery,the next time I boot into the PC, I don't get a fast start up.
- I have 160 GB Clover 161HJ ATA Hard disk drive - Intel dh55pj motherboard - Intel core i3 540 processor,clocked at 3.06-3.07 GHz
I installed Windows 8 and cannot boot my computer. I can hear the hard drive whirring but then it stops completely and black screen... Before that the power brick stopped working and the motherboard was fried.
System Info Utility version 18.104.22.168 OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7 Processor Count: 4 RAM: 8096 Mb Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1988 Mb Hard Drives: C: Total - 481675 MB, Free - 420949 MB; E: Total - 458777 MB, Free - 189661 MB; K: Total - 1430795 MB, Free - 916319 MB; L: Total - 2861578 MB, Free - 1765857 MB; M: Total - 61035 MB, Free - 60997 MB; O: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 51069 MB; Motherboard: Gateway, IPISB-VR Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled, Norton 360
I installed Office 365 about a month ago and used it several times. Today I went to use Word and it is not there. It is not in the programs list in the uninstall programs. Then I started looking for the other programs in the suite and the only one that is there although not in the uninstall programs is excel which I attached to the task bar, but I can use the spreadsheets.
3 days ago I installed Lightroom 5 and it also has dissapeared. My husband has had the same problems with office.