[SOLVED] Reinstalling Win 10 to new NVME ssd

Nonkii

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Hey! I've always had an HDD so I went ahead and got myself an M.2 ssd this week. I just installed it on the pc and now I am on the process of clean installing Win 10. Do I have to unplug my Hard Drive? After I unplug it and install Win 10 on my ssd wouldnt i also have windows on my hard drive also? I've reinstalled my pc 3 times so far and always forget how to format the partitions. Would appreciate any help!
 

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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
Both drives must be the same partitioning scheme, either MBR or GPT
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, install the relevant driver for this new NVMe/PCIe drive.
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

[Ignore this section if using the SDM. It does this automatically]
If you are going from a smaller drive to a larger, by default, the target partition size will be the same as the Source. You probably don't want that
You can manipulate the size of the partitions on the target (larger)drive
Click on "Cloned Partition Properties", and you can specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing
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Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD. This is not optional.
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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Yes.
Physically disconnect all other drives during this install.



You could also consider a clone operation from the HDD to the new SSD.
We can go into details on that if you wish.
 
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Nonkii

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Yes.
Physically disconnect all other drives during this install.



You could also consider a clone operation from the HDD to the new SSD.
We can go into details on that if you wish.
Ok. But after I unplug my HDD and install Windows on my new drive. Wouldn't I have windows 10 on my Hard Drive and my SSD? Kind of difficult to explain 😆. I've heard that cloning causes some issues and some people end up reinstalling because of them. Not sure if I want to try that.
 

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Cloning usually works.
I've personally done it many many times, and talked hundreds of people here through the process.

And if it fails, there is always the fall back position of a fresh install.


But yes, either way, your old HDD will still have 'windows' on it.
That needs to go. Along with the original boot partition, and whatever else it on it.
 
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Nonkii

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Cloning usually works.
I've personally done it many many times, and talked hundreds of people here through the process.

And if it fails, there is always the fall back position of a fresh install.


But yes, either way, your old HDD will still have 'windows' on it.
That needs to go. Along with the original boot partition, and whatever else it on it.
Got it. How would I remove windows off my old hard drive if it's disconnected? I got to do it after I install it on my SSD? Not sure I'm understanding.
 

USAFRet

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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
Both drives must be the same partitioning scheme, either MBR or GPT
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, install the relevant driver for this new NVMe/PCIe drive.
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

[Ignore this section if using the SDM. It does this automatically]
If you are going from a smaller drive to a larger, by default, the target partition size will be the same as the Source. You probably don't want that
You can manipulate the size of the partitions on the target (larger)drive
Click on "Cloned Partition Properties", and you can specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing
[/end ignore]

Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD. This is not optional.
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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