Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
What was the problem with installing Macrium Reflect Free? Installing that, making a Macrium rescue DVD or USB flash drive to boot the computer from would be the easiest way of transferring an image to an external device and then back to the SSD once installed.

One of these adapters:
SATA 7 15 Pin 22Pin to USB 2 0 Adapter Cable for 2 5 HDD PC Hard Disk Drive US | eBay

would allow you to copy the partitions directly from the HDD to the SSD, but you would still need a program like Macrium Reflect Free or MiniTool Partition Wizard to do it. I like Macrium Reflect Free better because it has an utility to fix boot problems built into the Rescue drive.

Another option would be to make a MiniTool Partition Wizard USB or DVD by burning the ISO file - then you could connect both the SSD and HDD to your Linux computer and boot from the MiniTool Partition Wizard USB/DVD and copy the partitions over directly.

Using Windows built-in imaging will be the most difficult and troublesome method to use.

Also, did the new SSD come with it's own utilities to transfer the system over?
Macrium downloader installed a directory pc10x86 to her computer and and a setup v6.1.1081_reflect_setup_free_x86 marked as an application, UAC shows it as unknown publisher, I allow it to make changes, then I get The NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction. CS:0567 IP:0117 OP:63 6f 64 69 6e Choose close to terminate the application. When I choose ignore I get the same message twice more then a blank command window.

The kingston disk did not come with anything. I have previously bought Samsung and they provide more support but it is really simple with linux.

I like the idea of the usb sata adapter, I will definitely get one so that she can use her hdd as a backup. At the moment she likes windows 10 so much that I have a job getting it to try and install the ssd. I am sure she would be happy to continue as is. I will order a usb to SATA adapter and use partition assistant with that. The software seems simple and straightforward and I should be able to copy/migrate the windows system straight to the SSD over usb.