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System Reserve Partition--Cloning to a Samsung SSD 840 EVO--

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I used the Samsung Data migration tool to migrate a Windows 7 PC from a standard hard disk to an SSD.  The cloning tool did not clone the system reserved partition.  I need the system reserved partition, because I need to eventually enable bit locker.

How do I get the Data migration tool to migrate the System reserved partition.  Our usual disaster recovery and cloning software (Symantec System Recovery) could not recover to the SSD, because it could not set the newly created System Recovery partition to active.

Any ideas on how to clone a working Windows 7 PC to a Samsung SSD and include the System Reserved partition in the destination.
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> Any ideas on how to clone a working Windows 7 PC to a Samsung SSD and include the System Reserved partition in the destination.

I use Casper to do this, to both SSD and HDD:
http://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

I run it every evening in the wee hours on several machines to clone the hard drives (a mix of HDD, SSD, and hybrid). It has an intelligent cloning mechanism so that it copies only the necessary tracks. The first run takes a while, but after that, it's extremely fast. It can clone to the same size drive or to a larger one or even to a smaller one, as long as there is enough space on the smaller one to house the used (non-free) space from the larger one. It has no problem with the System Reserved partition – clones it fine! It's not free software, but it's reasonably priced and worth every penny. As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
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you can also use the free paragon B&R : http://www.paragon-software.com/free/      
**note that they also have a move OS to SSD soft
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That's not the issue.  Something specific to the Samsung SSD 840 EVO.  Will close this question and ask again with more specifics
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Interesting that the SDM software did not move the System Reserved partition, since this guide explicitly says that it does:
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/us/download/11_Samsung_Data_Migration_Software.pdf

Here's the quote:
SDM hides unnecessary features and partitions from the user, automatically moving the crucial "System Partition" to the SSD and leaving the user free to concentrate on the partitions that contain their operating system, programs, and data.
If you're saying that the SDM software did not move it, that sounds like a bug in the software. Anyway, looking forward to seeing your next question with more specifics. Regards, Joe
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