author avatar
    Senior Program Developer
 

Summary

If we want to get the best performance of the SSD, we should install an entirely new system. However, many users still prefer to use Windows 7 or the hardware of the their computer can not afford the requirement of higher Windows editions. So, we are going to introduce how to clone Windows 7 to SSD and optimize the system settings to get the best performance of the SSD.



clone windows 7 to ssd
Part 1: How to Clone Windows 7 to SSD
With Renee Becca, we can transfer Windows 7 to SSD with simple steps. Following will introduce how to clone Windows 7 to SSD and the other functions in Renee Becca.

1. What is Renee Becca

Renee Becca is the software specializing in backing up and restoring system/drive data, such as programs, system configuration, emails, photos, videos, documents and bookmarks. With the application of the incremental/differential backup technology, it can save time and disk space. Besides, it can back up partition, disk, folder and clone disk.
Professional Data Backup & Restore Software - Renee Beccadata bacup software Renee Becca

Provides multiple functions like backup, restore, clone, system migration.

Clone all data (including system) in HDD to smaller SSD or larger HDD. Disk could boot PC after clone finished.

Supports to migrate Windows to SSD with a few clicks.

4K alignment will be processed when clone disk, migrate system, restore disk or system.

Backup & restore system/disk/folder. Auto backup plans are available.

Provides functions like backup, restore, clone, system migration.

Clone all data (including system) in HDD to smaller SSD or larger HDD.

Backup & restore system/disk/folder. Auto backup plans are available.

Compatible with: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2008 / 2012(32bit/64bit) / Server 2008

Free TrialFree Trial

5000 people have download and make the disk clone successfully!

2. Transfer Windows 7 to SSD with Renee Becca

Here are the steps:
Step 1: Download and install Renee Becca. Then, open the software and select [Clone] – [System Redeploy].
migrate system with renee becca
Step 2: Please select the original disk which saves Windows system and the target disk. Then click [Redeploy] to process the system migration.

Note: You should replace the solid state disk with a larger one. When the data is transferred to the new SSD, all data will be emptied. Please back up data beforehand.

select a destination to redeploy system with renee becca
Step 3: Click on [OK] as the process is finished. Then, you should set the new disk as the first boot order in BIOS and get into the system. Click here to learn about how to change the boot order in BIOS.
Boot the PC from hard drive
The above part introduces how to clone Windows 7 to SSD. To get the best performance of the SSD, we can follow the recommendations to optimize the system. Let’s go for it.
Part 2: How to Optimize New Cloned Windows 7

1. Enable AHCI Mode

AHCI mode can help us get the best performance of the SSD. First of all, you need to make sure the read/write mode of your SSD is AHCI. If you install Windows 7, please go to BIOS to ensure whether the AHCI mode has enabled. Please follow the steps here to go:
Press [Win+ R] and type [Regedit] to register and then go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msahci”. Then right click [Start] and change the value to be [0]. Finally, restart the device.
clone windows 7 to ssd enable AHCI in BIOS

2. Disable File Index Function

File index can help users reach target files or folder faster. However, the data reading and writing time of SSD is fare quickly which will take only 0.1ms. Therefore, there is no need to enable the File Index function in SSD or the lifespan of the SSD will be shorten. Here are steps about how to disable the File Index:
Go to [Computer] and then right click the partition of the SSD and select the [Properties] option in the menu. Then please do not check item [Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties]. And click [OK] to save this settings. Please disable this option in each partition of the SSD. (Attention: It will require the administrator to authorize the operation sometimes.)

3. Disable Disk Defragment

In default, Windows 7 will disable the Disk Defragment function for SSD disk automatically. However, this function could be enabled for some specific reasons. In fact, SSD will not have any fragmented data. As a result, there is no need to fragment the SSD. Besides, frequent disk defragmentation will also harm the health of the SSD.
How to check the Disk Defragment function in Windows 7:
Open the target Windows 7 computer and then click [Start] then [Accessories]. Find [System Tools]then open [Disk Defragmenter]. Next click [Configure schedule] and do not check [Run on a schedule(recommended)] in the pop up window.

4. Disable Sleep Function

Sleep is a useful function for traditional disk which can help users get access to the software they use recently. However, it is meaningless for SSD. Because system installed in SSD can start in 20 seconds which is the same time duration to raise system up in HDD from sleep mode. Please disable this function if you install Windows 7 in SSD.
Detailed steps of how to disable the sleep mode in Windows 7:
Open Windows 7 computer and press [Win + R]. Type [cmd] in the pop up window as well as the command [powercfg-h off]. Then press [Enter] to disable the sleep mode.