new pc 1tb hdd to ssd clone advice needed

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  1. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
       #1

    new pc 1tb hdd to ssd clone advice needed


    Ive just bought a brand new lenovo pc which has windows 10 home 64bit and has a 1tb hard drive fitted, im looking for advice on the following.

    Ive fitted the ssd into the pc but its not shown up so need step by step guide on how to make it active ?

    Next I need help on how to clone the 1tb hdd to the
    Ssd drive, step by step and best software to use and have the ssd as the main drive then use the the 1hdd for storage.I just dont want to break my new system
    Thanks for your time.
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  2. Posts : 12,463
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #2

    Most recommendations for cloning is Macrium Reflect. HOWEVER, you may have issues if the SSD is not the same size as the HDD. If I were doing it I'd do a clean install on the SSD instead. You probably haven't many files you created yet, that exist nowhere else. If your new machine came like my ASUS a year ago you may have a smallish C: partition and larger D: partition on the HDD, maybe cloning the C: will work with the SSD, or in other words partition size can be important.
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  3. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I just wanted to clone as its brand new and working well and thought it would be easy as all drivers are done and I've already installed my internet security etc plus I dont know the windows key as cant see on tower and it didn't come with any windows disc.Thanks
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  4. Posts : 12,463
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #4

    Once Win10 is installed and Activated the key really is immaterial, it's a Digital Licensing and when connected to the Internet can be or will be re-activated.
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  5. Posts : 27,187
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #5

    Berton said:
    Most recommendations for cloning is Macrium Reflect. HOWEVER, you may have issues if the SSD is not the same size as the HDD. If I were doing it I'd do a clean install on the SSD instead. You probably haven't many files you created yet, that exist nowhere else. If your new machine came like my ASUS a year ago you may have a smallish C: partition and larger D: partition on the HDD, maybe cloning the C: will work with the SSD, or in other words partition size can be important.
    What issues are you referring to Berton? Cloning will do just fine, if the size of data on current drive is smaller than size of free space on SSD.
    Otherwise, I agree with clean install,...

    Macrium is fine, also Minitool partition wizzard is great with its system transfer mode...

    Edit: one more thing.. With Macrium reflect, instead of cloning, making Image of system disk and then restoring it to a new disk could be even better. And you get your first system backup
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  6. Posts : 1,567
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    AndreTen said:
    ...With Macrium reflect, instead of cloning, making Image of system disk and then restoring it to a new disk could be even better. And you get your first system backup
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  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thanks for all the input its much appreciated but I need it the simple way step by step if possible or a link which I could follow.
    Before I go any further the ssd kingston 240gb doesn't show up in my computer it asks for mbr or Gpt but which should i choose ?
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  8. Posts : 27,187
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #8

    davnav said:
    Thanks for all the input its much appreciated but I need it the simple way step by step if possible or a link which I could follow.
    Before I go any further the ssd kingston 240gb doesn't show up in my computer it asks for mbr or Gpt but which should i choose ?
    GPT for new EFI based systems.

    As for making image. The best would be, if you have any external drives (they are almost "must have" for storing system backup). But you could make image on existing HDD too.

    Start Macrium reflect free and check this tutorials by Kari
    Tutorials | www.tenforums.com/tutorials/61026-backup-restore-macrium-reflect
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  9. Posts : 1,567
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    @davnav - if You go the route suggested above of backing up the large drive and restoring to the SSD, make sure you've selected ALL partitions on the source disk for the backup and be aware of the following IF the SSD is smaller than 1 TB:

    1) You could shrink your Windows partition of the original disk from within Disk Management so that everything is small enough to fit on the SSD BEFORE making the backup image OR

    2) You can resize the Windows partition AS YOU SET UP the restore from Macrium using drag and drop and resizing the partition to fit. Here is a step by step direct from Macrium on doing the resizing I speak of (Kari's tutorial does not cover it), see in particular Steps 5 & 6: https://knowledgebase.macrium.com/di...ion+properties

    Of course, much simpler if your SSD is 1 TB and you need not bother with what I write here.
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  10. Posts : 27,187
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #10

    Word Man said:
    @davnav - if You go the route suggested above of backing up the large drive and restoring to the SSD, make sure you've selected ALL partitions on the source disk for the backup and be aware of the following IF the SSD is smaller than 1 TB:

    1) You could shrink your Windows partition of the original disk from within Disk Management so that everything is small enough to fit on the SSD BEFORE making the backup image OR

    2) You can resize the Windows partition AS YOU SET UP the restore from Macrium using drag and drop and resizing the partition to fit. Here is a step by step direct from Macrium on doing the resizing I speak of (Kari's tutorial does not cover it), see in particular Steps 5 & 6: https://knowledgebase.macrium.com/di...ion+properties

    Of course, much simpler if your SSD is 1 TB and you need not bother with what I write here.
    It's 240 GB. Mentioned somewhere above
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