Question How to move windows from HDD to SSD

May 17, 2019
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Hi. I just got a new ssd and I want to move windows from my old hdd to my new ssd. I have watched different youtube videos and I have found out that the best way to do it is to copy all my files from my hdd to a external hdd except windows and move the windows files to the ssd but when I move the files to their respective drives can I just copy the files in file explorer or do I have to download a cloning software?
 

USAFRet

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OK, this can be done easily.
This is a desktop system, right?

Exactly like this:

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Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
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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)
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
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.
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