1.    14 Jun 2016 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 22
    Windows 10

    New SSD coming through.

    Hello Forum,

    SMART gave a warning today practically telling me to back up my stuff, my HDD is going down soon. I just ordered a 500GB SSD (same size as my OS HDD) which will come in on Friday, but I have some questions here..

    I will most likely be cloning my hdd over tot he ssd, but the HDD already has unrecoverable bad sectors, is this something that will cause issues cloning the drive? The computer is fully functional, the only thing that happens is that the drive sometimes gets to 100% and a freeze up happens until it dials back down, but there are no noises, yet.

    I am also aware that clean installing windows 10 on an SSD may be the best way to go.. in that case would it be wise to install the SSD on windows 10 before doing the clean install and just opt to install on the SSD instead? Will this require a reactivation considering I have an upgrade license?

    Or would it just be better to clone the drive, backup my data into a more reliable HDD, and then reinstall windows onto the cloned drive?

    Thanks for the help!
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  2.    14 Jun 2016 #2
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10

    Cloning works great! If you're getting a Samsung SSD, they have a cloning tool that works as easy as can be fathomed. I recently upgraded to their 850 Evo (500gb) and cloned my old Crucial 128gb easily. The entire process took less than 20 minutes. I'm not sure if it's compatible with third-party drives or not. If not, or you want something broader, check out Macrium Reflect Free. The free edition has many features unlocked already and is a good imaging tool by itself. I'm currently using it as my backup software. Either way, go ahead and image now just to be safe. Good luck!
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Jun 2016 at 09:31. Reason: Fixed format so that it can be read.
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  3.    15 Jun 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Posts : 6,763
    All kinds

    Cloning may work but corrupted and unreachable files will stay in same shape.
    There's one good reason to do clean install on SSD. For SSD to work properly it should be connected to SATA in AHCI mode and that could be big bother if HDD it's replacing is in IDE mode. There are ways to do it even if it's in IDE mode but as I said it's big bother and no guarantees to work. If you have UEFI than it may get even worse. When doing clean install, windows will set everything up for best SSD performance and that's why I would recommend clean installation.
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  4.    16 Jun 2016 #4
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Posts : 1,020
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    In this case, I would back up my files, then image the drive to an external just in case I missed something, but I'd opt for a clean install on the new drive. Clean installs can be done so quickly now that I wouldn't even spend time debating the options.
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  5.    16 Jun 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    PA, USA
    Posts : 460
    Windows 10 Pro (Mix of Builds) / Linux Mint

    I'm with Deacon ...

    Now is the perfect time to do a clean install, and then grab data you need from a backup for the new system.
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