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Upgrading primary HD

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#1 Omega Knight

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 03:00 AM

Hi guys,

Not sure this is in the right forum or not, but...

My primary HD is too small with the large files I'm constantly tossing back and forth to/from school/work and updates to game engines and OS have eaten huge space. I want to upgrade my primary HD to a terrabyte or bigger from my little 256Gb, but can't afford the time it would take to reinstall the OS and all the programs.

Is it possibe to move my entire C drive contents to another HD without breaking file paths and rendering the OS and programs on the C and E drives unusable?


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Posted 27 February 2018 - 03:59 AM

Yes  - Clone the Old Drive to the New Drive.

Various Programs will do this i use MiniToolPartition Wizard { free }.


Others are - 

Ease US Todo Backup Home:

Paragon Backup and Recovery:

Acronis Cloning Software.


Also are you using a 256G SSD ?  and going to a larger 1TB Platter Drive ? 

To keep performance then i would stick to a Larger SSD


Or remove your personal Data externally / Photos / Videos etc.

And schoolwork Docs on a thumb drive.

#3 Omega Knight

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 04:32 AM

My primary is SSD. I am hoping to stick with that archtecture.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 11:59 AM

My primary is SSD. I am hoping to stick with that archtecture.


Then prepare for some sticker shock when you go to price out a 1TB SSD.


Havachat has given you the correct information regardless of the architecture of the source or target drives.  Some of the programs mentioned allow you to resize the partition used for C: on the larger target drive as part of the clone, others do not.  You will need to make certain that it gets expanded, whether by manually doing it afterward or by including the expansion during the clone process.

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