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Windows 10 transferrable between HDD's?


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#1 gigawert

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 05:53 PM

In the future, I will get a SSD, but long after W10 comes out. For the time being I'll install it on my big 1 TB mechanical drive, but when I get the SSD, I want to transfer the whole OS and my files from the mechanical drive to the SSD then use the mechanical drive as extra storage. Would this be possible?


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 05:55 PM

It's possible. You can close your Windows 10 installation and restore it on the SSD. You can use Macrium Reflect Free for that as well, and they have a whole tutorial showing you how to proceed.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:16 PM

So that means that after the process the HDD is completely empty unless the space on the SSD is used up?


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:17 PM

No, you'll have to format the HDD after. It takes a minute to do too via the Windows Disk Management utility.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:21 PM

OK.


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 08:59 PM

It's possible. You can close your Windows 10 installation and restore it on the SSD. You can use Macrium Reflect Free for that as well, and they have a whole tutorial showing you how to proceed.

 

Another vote for Macrium.  I asked a similar question on another forum and after trying several others, Macrium Free was the one I decided was best.  Easy to use, intuitive, etc...  Good for a 1st-timer.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 09:03 PM

OK, then that's what I'll do. Thanks! :)


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 09:22 PM

In using Macrium, be sure to read the tutorials/instructions.....in particular, Create Rescue Media    it is located under 'other tasks' ....just follow the prompts and usually the default options are all good !  The "rescue media (either disk or usb stick) injects the necessary drivers, Macrium Reflect components and tools to enable you to recover your system.,

 

I recently had some dramas with a program called Rollback Rx, and had good reason to be eternally thankful that i had Macrium reflect installed and also that i had the rescue stuff on usb stick.

 

So....download it onto a usb stck....and treat the usb stick like GOLD


Edited by Condobloke, 28 July 2015 - 09:22 PM.

Condobloke ...Outback Australian  fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 09:26 PM

In using Macrium, be sure to read the tutorials/instructions.....in particular, Create Rescue Media    it is located under 'other tasks' ....just follow the prompts and usually the default options are all good !  The "rescue media (either disk or usb stick) injects the necessary drivers, Macrium Reflect components and tools to enable you to recover your system.,

 

I recently had some dramas with a program called Rollback Rx, and had good reason to be eternally thankful that i had Macrium reflect installed and also that i had the rescue stuff on usb stick.

 

So....download it onto a usb stck....and treat the usb stick like GOLD

I have plenty of usb sticks...


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 09:39 PM

I actually "attached" mine to the PC desk !!.....safe spot..... :hysterical:


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 10:34 PM

OK, then that's what I'll do. Thanks! :)

If Macrium has the feature of disk cloning, you can  just clone the whole HDD to the SSD, which would be more save.

If not, you can try free easeus disk copy. 



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 10:41 PM

 

OK, then that's what I'll do. Thanks! :)

If Macrium has the feature of disk cloning, you can  just clone the whole HDD to the SSD, which would be more save.

If not, you can try free easeus disk copy. 

 

OK.


Edited by gigawert, 28 July 2015 - 10:42 PM.

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 02:30 AM

Yes, Macrium will clone.  But be careful you have no logical partitions.  Neither the paid versions of 5 nor the free version (and presumably paid) of 6 can properly handle a logical partition.  The machine I'm typing on has a 1 TB hard drive with one logical partition, and until last September, Macrium (and Clonezilla) handled it all fine.  Post September, no: and I've no idea why.  NTFS on all drives.  Linux not installed.  So it's not the formatting.

 

Macrium Reflect Pro 5 trashed the clone claiming something was wrong with the logical parition.  It actually created problems in that source partition too, which I had to fix.  But ever after, it can't clone that partition, rightly. Image or backup, yes;  but not clone.  EaseUS' latest free Partition Master (and the prior version paid) also can't get the mbr right.  Windows 7 32-bit is the OS.

 

So maybe it's a 1 TB problem not the logical partition, as all the other machines I have, don't have these problems.  But none of them have logical partitions, either.


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 05:16 AM

I don't know why anyone would use a logical partition, unless you still have a NTFS partitionned hard drive that have at least 4 partitions on it. But then it starts to be a lot of partitions for one hard drive.

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