Question Transferring internal hard drive 500 GB SSD to 2 TB SSD

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I am using adobe after effect and am running out of room on hard drive. I would like to replace my current SSD from 500 GB to 2 TB.
Adobe AE currently runs on my C: drive I want to keep it there.

My Desktop Specs:
Asus Motherboard Rog Maximus XI Hero (WI-FI) Rev 1
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900KF CPU 3.60 Ghz
Ram 128 GB

On my motherboard it shows 2 storage sockets for SSD
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*2
Intel® Z390 Chipset :

1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)

I want to change my 500 GB SSD Hard drive C:/ to partition windows on the new SSD 2TB drive. I’m thinking of using the program Macrium Reflect to move all information to new hard drive.
Can this be done by installing new hard drive into memory socket? I feel like I’m missing a few steps.
 
you really don't need to save projects on the same drive as the main software installation.
just connect a new bigger drive and start allocating all project material directly to that drive.

if you have any issue with your OS or the main OS drive itself then you have your data safely stored in another location.
 

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Please show us a screencap of your current Disk Management window.

If you want to move the entire "C drive" to a larger, that can be done easily.
We can go into details with Macrium on this.

Or, leave the OS and applications where they are on the 500GB, and simply use the new larger drive for your project data.
That's what I do.

1 drive for CAD work, 1 for photo, 1 for video, etc.
 

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Please give us a FULL list of all the drives associated.
Make/model.
We can only see part of the things in DM.

Yes, you NEED to move off that 128GB C drive.
1% free space is killing that performance.

I don't see a 500GB drive in there.
The 500 GB is the 128 GB just partitioned
 

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Please show us a screencap of your current Disk Management window.

If you want to move the entire "C drive" to a larger, that can be done easily.
We can go into details with Macrium on this.

Or, leave the OS and applications where they are on the 500GB, and simply use the new larger drive for your project data.
That's what I do.

1 drive for CAD work, 1 for photo, 1 for video, etc.
Can you go into details with Macrium?
 

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The 500 GB is the 128 GB just partitioned
In Disk Management, the Disk 0 is the physical drive containing your OS.
101MB, 117.23GB, 526MB, 531MB, 901MB.

There is no other 350+GB partition on it, empty or otherwise.

What is the specific make/model of this drive?

But if you're purposely somehow formatted it to be only 128GB...Why?
But that is the reason you are out of space.
 
The drive containing the C partition appears to be 128 GB capacity and virtually full.

If that is true.......a Macrium image file of it might be 70 gb in size...roughly.

You could store that image file on any of your other drives that have that much free space. And then restore that image file to your new drive.

Or you could use Macrium cloning.

Need clarity on your boot drive though. 500 GB?
 

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OK....
Lets test.

Power OFF
Physically disconnect all drives except the current C drive, the 840 Pro.
Boot up

Does it work?

This is just to test the functionality of that drive on its own.


Assuming it DOES boot up, we will then go into the clone process.
 

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Finally was able to find the time remove internal SSD 2.0. The 840 Pro is the only drive connected and am able to boot windows. I would like to move into "Clone process" using Macrium. See image for C: drive with less than 1% storage space.Disk Management 840 pro
 

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Finally was able to find the time remove internal SSD 2.0. The 840 Pro is the only drive connected and am able to boot windows. I would like to move into "Clone process" using Macrium. See image for C: drive with less than 1% storage space.Disk Management 840 pro
  1. What are you going to clone into?
  2. You'll need to free up a little space on that drive, to install Macrium.

Get Macrium installed, and the target drive identified, and we can proceed from there.
 

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question will I lose everything on my desktop. After I copy C:Drive
A properly done clone, the target drive works exactly the same as the old drive.


Thusly:

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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 target SSD)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, you may need to 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

Verify the system boots with ONLY the current "C drive" connected.
If not, we have to fix that first.

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 specify 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


(swapping cables is irrelevant with NVMe drives, but DO disconnect the old drive for this next part)
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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