Question moving the whole system

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hey,
im switching my sandisk sata 240gb to samsung nvme evo 1tb
also im switching the hdd from 2tb to 4tb (same brand, segate not same series for sure)
what's the best program to move the whole os and it's apps to the new ssd?
and what's the best program to move the contents if the old hdd to the new one?
(the old one include mostly games which takes lot of it's space, dont want to reinstall them (really hope that its possible)
 
I like to use Macrium Reflect (free edition) for disk cloning. Just be sure to clone all partitions. Also resize the partition for the OS partition of the clone to fill your larger SSD.

As for the HDD. You can clone it too. I'd just use FreeFileSync. Of course unless you are moving the old drives to another computer. I'd just leave them in as data drives.
 

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hey,
im switching my sandisk sata 240gb to samsung nvme evo 1tb
also im switching the hdd from 2tb to 4tb (same brand, segate not same series for sure)
what's the best program to move the whole os and it's apps to the new ssd?
and what's the best program to move the contents if the old hdd to the new one?
(the old one include mostly games which takes lot of it's space, dont want to reinstall them (really hope that its possible)
For the secondary HDD, simple copy/paste does the trick. After, swap drive letters around.
As long as the resulting drive letter is the same, and the folder structure is the same, no issues.

For the OS drive changing form SanDisk to Samsung....use the Samsung Data Migration tool

Just like this, except don't worry about the cables for the new drive, but DO disconnect the old drive before you boot up for the first time.

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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
(IGNORE THIS) 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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