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What's the Best Way to Swap All Data & OS from HDD to SSD Laptop?


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#1 F-1DeskLamp

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:46 PM

I'm doing a favor for someone by installing a 500GB SSD in her laptop instead a DVD, and leaving in her HDD in the laptop. 

So is there a simple way to just click, and dump it all in there at one time. 

Running Windows 8.1. 

Thanks


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:53 PM

Clone the hard drive to the SSD...then delete undesired data and Windows from hard drive.  Leaves Windows, programs installed, and valued data files on SSD.

 

Format hard drive to be used for storage, create whatever partitions desired (limit of 4 primary partitions on a hard drive).

 

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 09:07 PM

I'm sorry.  Cloning?

 

I've never understood the use of Partitions.  Is that useful for anything?  



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 09:18 PM

Ask her if it came with an installation disk, I think most do, I have three different vendors all have transfer/cloning disks .

 

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 07:40 AM

Most SSDs these days come with some sort of cloning software.

 

Cloning is simply the act of "copying" the drive as it is onto a new drive. Each SSD manufacturer usually has their own software to use. If you post your SSD brand, we can help you out!

 

Some common ones I know about are Samsung, Intel, and Crucial. Most manufacturers even have their own guides.






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