[SOLVED] If my SSD is partitioned into 2 drives, would I just be able to transfer my OS drive to the M.2?

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I have a Samsung QVO 2TB with 2 drives.
200g for windows
1800g for everything else

I just bought a 500g WD m.2

If my SSD is partitioned into 2 drives, would I just be able to transfer my OS drive to the M.2?
 

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OK, that should work.

(changes for your situation in RED)

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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 (Except for the D partition)
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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OK, that should work.

(changes for your situation in RED)

-----------------------------
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)
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 (Except for the D partition)
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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I've just finished up and I'm using the m.2 as we speak. However, it seems that only 200gb out of the 500gb was partitioned. is there any way I could just add that to my new C drive rather than creating another partition.
 

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Disk 0 - Remove the drive letter A from that partition
Disk 1 - Remove the drive letter D from that partition

Now...you wish to merge the G partition space into the C?
You'll have to use a 3rd party partition tool.
If those were right next to each other, you could do it in Disk Management.
Since they are not...

Minitool Partition Wizard can probably do this.
 
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I got a fresh window for the heck of it, unplugged my Samsung SSD but my drives were still partitioned separately however I just finished running Minitool partition and I must say you've saved me a lot of time, only took 5 min and they were extended mostly to the full capacity. the so-called old partitioned drives I have are still there, for example, my 200gb E drive is now out 17gb. Not sure why some of that remains but will probably use it as a restore point. - Thanks for everything, you were very informative.

edit: after a restart, I'm able to extend further with Minitool on my Samsung SSD
 

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