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How to move windows operating system to ssd?

By missytrussel123 ·
Hi
Hey guys! I want to ask you guys if you'll know how to move the operating system to the ssd of my laptop. So I noticed that my laptop was just 34 gb free and still have a lot of storage left in my ssd. I wanted to download a large game but don't know how to move the operating system to the ssd. I asked my friend for help with it and he told me that I can move the os from the main storage to the ssd of my laptop.
Thanks in advance if someone could help!
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Re: move Windows to SSD

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to How to move windows opera ...

That's the common setup indeed: Windows on the SSD, most programs on the SSD, data and very large programs (like games) on the hard disk.

Just clone the HDD to the SSD. Then delete the things that you want on the SSD from the HDD and the other way around.
If your SSD is not big enough to receive all contents of the HDD, just make a backup (two backups, preferably) of the part of the data on the HDD that you'll have to delete to make it fit. An external hard disk is a common device to backup things to, and so is the cloud.
And, of course, before you overwrite the contents of the SSD, make a backup (preferably 2) of those also. Otherwise, they are lost.

It's easier to buy to buy a new SSD. And it's even easier to buy an SSD that's large enough to contain all the contents of the HDD.

The alternative is to just install Windows 10 on the SSD. But that's a lot of work with drivers and settings and reinstalling all programs.

Your choice, move or start over.

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You can do this by following these steps

by Old Molases In reply to How to move windows opera ...

Step 1: Make your SSD Ready - Before you start, make sure that your SSD can accommodate your Windows data. For this, you can just use an SSD to USB connecting cable and plug it to your computer. Once the drive is connected, go to its Properties to check its available space. You can go to its General tab and use the Disk Cleanup feature to make more space in it. Alternatively, you can format the connected SSD as well.

Step 2: Take a Backup of your Data - If the process of transferring your OS to a new SSD goes wrong, then you can end up losing your important files in the process. Therefore, I would recommend taking a backup of your important data in advance. You can just upload your data to the cloud or use any other external hard drive to transfer your files. Furthermore, you can also go to Windows Settings > Backup to maintain a File History of your data.

Step 3: Create a System Image of your Windows PC - Now when you have met all the prerequisites, you can easily learn how to transfer OS from HDD to SSD. For this, we will first create a system image of our Windows PC by visiting Control Panel > Backup & Restore and selecting the “Create a System Image” option from the sidebar.

Step 4: Install Windows on your SSD - Once a system image is created, you need to install a fresh copy of Windows on your connected SSD. Don’t skip this process as it is important for learning how to migrate OS to SSD. For this, you can just launch the Windows Media Creation Tool on your PC and choose to create an installation media on another PC.

Step 5: Perform the System Image Recovery - Afterward, you can replace your HDD with SSD and restart your computer. When your system boots, you can press the designated key to enter its advanced startup instead of the standard boot. From here, you can choose to boot your system from the connected drive. If everything goes well, then you will get a Windows setup display on your system. Now, you can just select the language and enter preliminary details to install the firmware. When the setup is ready, you will be notified so that you can install the OS. Instead, you can choose to Repair your computer from here to enter its advanced settings. As you will get dedicated repairing options, browse to Troubleshooting > Advanced Options and click on the “System Image Recovery” feature. This will again launch a dedicated wizard, letting you select the image file that you wish to recover. You can now go through a simple click-through process

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How to move windows operating system to ssd?

by Avandor In reply to How to move windows opera ...

So you might have already decided to buy an SSD drive, but if you are running Windows on an HDD (traditional Hard Disk Drive) with no TRIM support, it can be difficult to move your system over.

This is because you need to run a command on all the different partitions that make up the system and this can be tedious, one slip up and it will not work properly. So now we are going to look at how you can move your operating system over to an SSD with no hassle and even use it as a secondary drive for storage purposes.

We would like to point out that this process is relatively safe if done correctly and we can take no responsibility for any data loss or problems you might encounter following these instructions.

You should also note that we will be performing this move from a running Windows installation so if you have just installed Windows then chances are there won't be anything there yet. In this case, I recommend using Clonezilla which allows you to create an image from the HDD and restore it to an SSD easily.

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A clean install

by dyddigd In reply to How to move windows opera ...

Do a clean install on your SSD to get the most out of it. Don’t let previous unused files weigh you down.

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