Question clone operating system to ssd to speed up system startup.


Feb 19, 2014
I need to improve speed up my PC startup,
Mainboard: ASUS PRIME B365M-A
RAM: HX424C15FB2/8 8GB 1G x 64-Bit DDR4-2400 CL15 288-Pin DIMM

if I have 1 Seagate 1 Tb hard disk (Barracuda), with 3 partitions:
  • the first partition with the operating system windows 10 64bits and all the programs.
  • The hidden partition of windows.
  • A partition with only folders with data files, images ... (I will not copy this partition, it will remain on this hard drive.)
for example clone only the first partition ( 120Gb ) and the hidden partition on a new SSD disk (example P5 M.2 250GB NVME , the ssd will only be for startup and installed programs) to be able to restart my system faster?
with what program can I do it? and how?
Thanks in advance!
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Mar 16, 2013
OK, this will mostly work.

465GB partition, 312GB free space.
Leaving 153GB actual consumed space, going into a 250GB drive.
Don't know where you got "120GB" from.

In your cloning application, select ALL partitions except the D.

Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, install the relevant driver for this new NVMe/PCIe drive.
Power off
Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
Power up
Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive - In this case, ALL partitions except the D.

If you are going from a smaller drive to a larger, by default, the target partition size will be the same as the Source. You probably don't want that
You can manipulate the size of the partitions on the target (larger)drive
Click on "Cloned Partition Properties", and you can specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing

Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD
Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
If good, continue the power up

It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

If it works, and it should, all is good.

Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe all partitions on it.
This will probably require the commandline diskpart function, and the clean command.

Ask questions if anything is unclear.


Feb 19, 2014
I took a while to buy the ssd due to personal problems, but finally everything worked out. Thanks a lot.

After seeing that everything worked fine, I formatted the old partition with the operating system.
Currently the system charges quickly and quietly.
I've been looking at the above values to optimize performance.
The old virtual memory configuration is remaining (that is, when the operating system was on the mechanical hard disk,).

Should I change it to improve performance? What values do you recommend or put in automatic virtual memory management?
Note: Actual CRUCIAL P5 M.2 250GB NVME (with Windows 10 pro 64b)


Feb 19, 2014
Leave it as System Managed.

You're not shy on free space.

Now...if you had 16GB RAM an a small 120GB SSD, I might recommend changing it.
do you want it to change to managed by the system?

note: I pretend not to record my work on the ssd, but if on the HDD, I mean I will have almost 100gb free.