[SOLVED] Moving Windows and some programs from old SSD to new SSD

johnsoner13

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I'm going to buy the WD SN550 500GB NVMe SSD. My current SSD is a 240 GB Kingston SSDNow UV400, which is where my Windows installation is along with a few programs and games. I also have a 1 TB WD Blue HDD.

My question is, how would I go about transferring everything from my old SSD to my new SN550 SSD, Windows and all, and then wipe my old SSD after for additional storage with my 1 TB HDD? Will my Windows product key be kept? I tried looking around for an answer to this question but not sure I really understand how to do it still. Thank you.
 

USAFRet

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240GB -> 500GB, generally no issue.
SATA -> NVMe...maybe a problem, but try it.

Desktop or laptop?
What motherboard?


If everything is actually compatible, 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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USAFRet

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240GB -> 500GB, generally no issue.
SATA -> NVMe...maybe a problem, but try it.

Desktop or laptop?
What motherboard?


If everything is actually compatible, this:

-----------------------------
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
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.
-----------------------------
 

USAFRet

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Desktop, B450 Tomahawk Max. Any reason in particular you're asking? Will this make a difference of any sort in the process?

This is using command prompt?
Really appreciate the help, thank you.
Just verifying the drive is compatible with the motherboard. Here, it is.
I've seen far far too many people wanting to shoehorn a new PCIe drive into an ancient motherboard, because "i heard it was fast"

And yes, command prompt.
 

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