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[SOLVED] Running out of C Drive storage, easiest way to upgrade?

SamdalabonaHD

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Hi Team
I am running out of C Drive storage.
I have a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive as my current C Drive and it literally has 1GB left.

I have around £150/$200 to pickup a new one to upgrade it, but have a few questions:
  1. What brand/version should I upgrade to?
  2. How do I upgrade without uninstalling windows etc? Would I just extend my C Drive across to this drive?
  3. Does anyone have a youtube video with easy instructions?
My computer specs are and it is 6 years old.

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45-GAMING ATX Motherboard (Intel Z87, 4x DDR3, DVI, HDMI, 6x USB3.0, GBE LAN, LGA1150 Socket)
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4770K Quad Core Retail CPU (Socket 1150, 3.50GHz, 8MB, Haswell, 84W, Intel Graphics, BX80646I74770K, 4th Generation Intel Core, Turbo Bo
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive
RAM: Corsair CMY16GX3M2A1866C9R Vengeance Pro Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866Mhz CL9 XMP Performance Desktop Memory Kit Red
Graphics CARD: GEFORCE GTX 770

Thanks,
Sam
 

USAFRet

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A new Samsung 860 EVO, 500GB or 1TB.
You then migrate the contents of the old drive to the new.

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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

Titan
Moderator
Mar 16, 2013
125,884
4,364
159,940
19,710
A new Samsung 860 EVO, 500GB or 1TB.
You then migrate the contents of the old drive to the new.

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

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