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Windows 10 OS Migration

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#1 pawse


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 05:46 PM

I have a computer that I bought last year with a  
-[Intel i7 4790k Processor](http://goo.gl/UvhMfj)  
-[16 GB Corsair Vengeance RAM](http://goo.gl/5OA0j2)  
-[1 TB WDC WD10EZEX-08M2NA0 SCSI Disk Device](http://goo.gl/OrdNi6)  
-[MSI H97 Guard Pro Motherboard](http://goo.gl/Y6hjSO)  
-[EVGA GTX 980 ACX 2.0 SC](http://goo.gl/7sq9xr)  
-[Corsair CX750M Power Supply](http://goo.gl/9e77FQ)  
-Windows 7 OS  
In July, right when Windows 10 came out, I installed it onto this computer. This Christmas I received:  
-[Corsair H100i GTX 240MM Liquid Cooler](http://goo.gl/dheGEV)  
-[Sound Blaster Z PCIe Gaming Sound Card](http://goo.gl/XRkSyW)  
-[Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD](http://goo.gl/iGxAqT)  
I would now like to move my Windows install which is on my WD hard drive onto my SSD. The hard drive currently has 505 GB of data. I want to move my Windows installation to the SSD, but keep all of my files (such as steam games, desktop folders, wallpapers, etc) on the hard drive.  Is there any possible way to do this? I have already looked at many guides on Youtube and other forums, and they all seem to be using sketchy third party software. Any help would be great, and thank you to anyone who does help in advance!

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#2 rp88


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 06:13 PM

System images might be the way to do this, windows contains tools within control panel which let you make an image of your system as it currently is and write it to an external hard-drive, you can, once this system image is made, turn the computer off, take out the current internal hard-drive, insert the new internal drive, boot up and use a recovery media disc or USB to get into the recovery environment. At which point you can go into "system image recovery" and use this to write the image to the new internal drive, then restart and boot up to find a copy of your old system but now on a new internal hard-drive. This could also perhaps be done with a tool from macrium, but windows shold be able to do it with built in tools. Below are links to guides on system imaging and the recovery environment. The same should apply in windows 10 as in 7/8/8.1 but you might have to look in a slightly different place in cotnrol panel to find the image making tool. System images like this are also a brilliant way of backing up your SYSTEM SETTINGS AND PROGRAMS incase of viruses, failing hard-drives, software bugs, buggy updates or other software problems, but they are not an ideal way to backup FILES.







Edited by rp88, 25 December 2015 - 06:15 PM.

Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.

My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB

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