Maybe I should've prefaced it with "I'm just sayin" that way I'm absolved of any repercussions from anything I said
I prefer to use items that come the OS as long as they can do what you need done, but I don't want to tell anybody what they should use, or not use.
I dont know how thread starter sondawg18401 is getting along but as for me well I would like to thank everyone for their help, tips, guides, and explanations how they do it. I find it really interesting and learn a lot from it so I for one will be more than happy if they keep coming I am getting to understand and learn many things much better. In a way it is better than just taking the first solution although that might work fine (or not) and get the job done (or not and find myself in deep....) it might also mean I still dont really understand what I just did, and have the same problem again at a later date.
Its all very valuable stuff you are giving my deepest thanks to everyone!
As to whether to use third party software or not that is outside my competence but personally think everyone should use whatever they think is best suited to their level and capabilities, etc. - the main thing is to get the job done safely and in my case anyway hopefully learn something along the way. So as I have said I am learning with all the replies, discovering the different ways, which will help me to decide the way most suited for me.
As for my situation: Im still working on it as I have not had a lot of time and did not want to rush things (thats when I make big mistakes) or try to do it when I was too tired (another mistakes time).
Anyway I decided to first clean up so:
= got all the latest updates
= used CCleaner and Clean Master for PC
= then defragmented the drive
= using Macrium made an Image Backup copy to external 500 GB drive
Since my device is real slow this took quite a bit of time
So with an updated/cleaned up/defragmented Backup Image on an external drive I checked out again the video (How to Clone Windows With Macrium Reflect Free YouTube) that ramram55 kindly suggested and also a video that followed this a video I think is quite good (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh4u...el=GadgetClass) so I started to follow this GadgetClass video guide.
(In Macrium) Doing it how this guy did it I pulled each partition down one for one in the right order - into the designated drive (my SSD 250 GB) and got as far as doing partition 5 (main partition) before my SSD was full with another 3 still to go. All I had to do then like the guy did is to change the size of the main partition (5) in Macrium to allow enough space for the other 3 Partitions!
But I stopped there being tired - and wondering can I get away (without causing problems) with not including Partition 8 (which is D: System Restore = but Windows 8= so useless to me)?
I did not know if not including this, if it would cause problems or not?
I also wondered why they give this System Restore Partition 60 GB when only 16.04 GB is being used? Is there some purpose to this?
Otherwise GadgetClass video guide seemed pretty straightforward and easy.
xyz, Sounds like the gadgetclass video guide is easy. As long as things work for you, that is the way to go.
But not without problems, or bumps along the road!
Yeah, I probably made it more complicated than it could have been, as has been suggested, but we all have areas of expertise and capabilities, and other areas where we are not so strong. Computer tech is one of these for me, but I am moving along the tech road, if snail wise. To me it just wasnt as simple as many made it sound simply from lack of experience, having done this before. There were some settings I had to change in BIOS that I hadn't known about and not just the ones mention here, but eventually found on YouTube. Not so easy, took a long while, but got it done, and learnt!
One of the reasons I bought the Samsung SSD (and not cheaper Crucial) was because it had Migration Software HAH! JOKE! turns out not usable for Windows 10!! Thanks Samsung for ripping me off!
So angry with Samsung I sent the Press Department a list of questions posted here: http://www.tenforums.com/general-dis...dows-10-a.html
And once again my MANY THANKS for all the - HELP - ADVICE RESPONSES SUPPORT SUGGESTIONS AND OWN EXPERIENCES - helped me and I am sure it will help others too, thanks
Easy way with benefit:
1- Buy a 2.5" HDD/SSD USB drive enclosure if you don't already have one
2- Insert your new SSD into the enclosure and plug the USB connector into your laptop
3- Use Macrium Reflect or similar program to clone your laptop HDD to the SSD either entirely or selectively
4- Remove the HDD from your laptop and replace it with the SSD
5- Insert your old HDD into the enclosure and use it as an external backup and storage drive (that's the benefit)
ETA: Oops! Didn't read the previous post before I posted. Well, maybe this will help somebody else.
Last edited by larc919; 02 Sep 2015 at 13:48.
When i installed an SSD in my laptop (only one drive), i took out the HDD and stuck in the SSD and used the Diskpart commands in Command Prompt that i was given by somebody who knows a lot more than me .
I then reinstalled the operating system on it .
Very simple and worked great , i checked those programs out like Macrium but never could figure it out lol.