Question Upgrading SSDs

Bryanardell

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Hi there! I currently have a 100g SSD, and it's filling up. I recently purchased a new 1 TB SSD and would like to clone the drive over and use the bigger drive. Is there a way to clone the drive and utilize the new larger drive? Or do I need to do a clean install?
 

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Hi there! I currently have a 100g SSD, and it's filling up. I recently purchased a new 1 TB SSD and would like to clone the drive over and use the bigger drive. Is there a way to clone the drive and utilize the new larger drive? Or do I need to do a clean install?
Details on the system and specific drives wold help, but basically 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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Bryanardell

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Details on the system and specific drives wold help, but basically 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.
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Thank you for the help! I tried this and it worked.

However, I can't utilize the extra drive space as part of my default drive. It naturally wants me format the extra space as a new partition. Is there a way to copy the info and have a larger main partition or do I just have to do a full wipe?

Also I'm using samsung SSD's 850 evo and a 1tb
 

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Thank you for the help! I tried this and it worked.

However, I can't utilize the extra drive space as part of my default drive. It naturally wants me format the extra space as a new partition. Is there a way to copy the info and have a larger main partition or do I just have to do a full wipe?

Also I'm using samsung SSD's 850 evo and a 1tb
Please show us a screencap of your Disk Management window.
 

Bryanardell

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I'll grab one once I can switch back to the other drive. should be in the next day or so, trying to work and do this at the same time.
 
Delete recovery partition and extend C: partition. Execute following commands.

diskpart
list disk
select disk 0
list partition
select partition 3
(select 525MB partition)​
delete partition override
select partition 2
(select 110GB partition)​
extend
exit
 

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