Question Transferring windows from one hard drive to another

muhammad_32

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I have win 10 in my 40 gb hard drive. I wanna have an the stuff and the same windows just to be transferred to another 80 gb drive. With all the stuff and drivers etc.
 

punkncat

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I have questions.

What version are you on and how are you getting it to update when you have no space for the update files?
I have not had Windows 10 successfully work on anything that small in many years, and mostly the moment it wanted to update. It's a similar situation for some of the Surface Tablet folks as well.

If you have to have it, as is, clone it to the other drive.
The issue will persist, as above, unless you can successfully expand the partition into the unused space.

I highly recommend not only a clean install, but a FAR larger drive than 80GB. I would not suggest anything under the ~250 range at this point, and that's if you have supplemental storage on hand. If not, super smart to consider 1TB as the OS drive.
 
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I have win 10 in my 40 gb hard drive. I wanna have an the stuff and the same windows just to be transferred to another 80 gb drive. With all the stuff and drivers etc.
You should backup your files, then you should do a clean install of Windows on the 80GB drive.
Then, you must install the drivers.
 

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I have win 10 in my 40 gb hard drive. I wanna have an the stuff and the same windows just to be transferred to another 80 gb drive. With all the stuff and drivers etc.
Clone from the 40 to the 80.
Unplug the 40 and see if the 80 will boot.
If it boots and runs ok look at the partition sizes.
You may find unused space which you will need to expand C to use.
 

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I have win 10 in my 40 gb hard drive. I wanna have an the stuff and the same windows just to be transferred to another 80 gb drive. With all the stuff and drivers etc.
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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)
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

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

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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