[SOLVED] Moving Windows 10 to SSD

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Hello. I just purchased a Samsung 860 EVO on Amazon earlier today. I currently have a Toshiba DT01ACA200 Hard Drive. This is my first ever SSD so I am not experienced in setting one up/moving OS to it. I was wondering the easiest way to move the OS to the SSD. I can reinstall games..etc.. later. It will arrive tommorow, so I would like to know how to move my OS to the new SSD. Thank you for your time.
 

Moblitz

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Lots of games which I can uninstall. I thought I could just reinstall the os. Like on a flash drive and install it on my SSD.
 

USAFRet

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Lots of games which I can uninstall. I thought I could just reinstall the os. Like on a flash drive and install it on my SSD.
You could just do a reinstall on the SSD, but that means a reinstall of everything else as well.

Migration, when it works, is much easier. All your current settings, etc.

Uninstall some things, delete stuff out of your download folder, move some stuff to a different drive.
Once you get to that 400GB level, migration. 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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