Upgrade C Drive 500GB SSD to 1 or 2TB SSD?

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  1. elbmek's Avatar
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    Upgrade C Drive 500GB SSD to 1 or 2TB SSD?


    If I take my pc into my local pc man and ask him to do the above, can he guarantee crossing over ALL the data on the current drive. There is so much on there I don't want to lose anything and I don't trust restore or suchlike as its never been good to me in the past. Looking at ideas really to help me decide on course of action.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Hi, that's actually something you can do quite readily yourself.

    Presumably having been a member here for some time you already use disk imaging. If you have a full disk image of all partitions on your smaller disk on e.g. a USB disk, you have a full backup and risk losing nothing.

    You can then restore the imaged partitions to your larger disk, installed in place of your smaller one.

    Or you could simply consider how you are using the space on that disk, and move personal files and folders off it to one of your others... it's a good idea to keep as much personal data off C: as you can for maintenance reasons.
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  3. Fabler2's Avatar
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    First thing to do is to create an image backup on an external USB drive. You should be doing it as a matter of course really. If you have images then you can experiment as you wish.
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  4. pparks1's Avatar
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    #1). Making and restoring an image is easy
    #2). You will always have your original drive on hand..so if you restore the image and it doesn't work, you can just pop in the original drive and boot up like normal.
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    I do not think it is a good idea to have all data on C:
    In my case for Windows + many programmes, an 120 Gb is more than enough, so why not keeping your C: for windows + programmes and add a device D: SSD or HDD to your PC?
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  6. Posts : 172
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    elbmek said:
    If I take my pc into my local pc man and ask him to do the above, can he guarantee crossing over ALL the data on the current drive. There is so much on there I don't want to lose anything and I don't trust restore or suchlike as its never been good to me in the past. Looking at ideas really to help me decide on course of action.
    Hi,

    No they can't or shouldn't as there is always a risk of something going wrong beyond that person's control and they should tell you that.

    And a decent PC repairer should ask you if you have current system image or make a temporary one when undertaking such work for a customer just in case.

    And you are correct, as I have just found out, SR is not reliable.

    Having said that what you want is easy enough to achieve and is DIY.

    What dalchina and Fabler 2 have suggested is the very best way of almost eliminating issues so take the advise and if something was to go wrong, you at least have an image back up of your existing OS and data.

    But I would not recommend using a 2tb SSD as your main or only disk for OS and data storage.

    Consider keeping your existing 500gb C drive and either internally or externally use the new drive for your data/storage needs.

    What ever you choose you should not fail to create a system image of your C drive, especially as you fear loosing your data but you shouldn't treat/see a system image as an up to date back up, more to get you out of trouble.

    This image you could store on your new storage drive along with a separate USB boot drive and update image on a monthly basis.
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  7. elbmek's Avatar
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    PiKo said:
    I do not think it is a good idea to have all data on C:
    In my case for Windows + many programmes, an 120 Gb is more than enough, so why not keeping your C: for windows + programmes and add a device D: SSD or HDD to your PC?
    I have a 1tb secondary drive, and two x HDD externally docked. The problem I found in some cases was the lack of option when loading in new software, sometimes it asks me where I want it (eg: all games normally go on the 1TB drive/games/ but some install auto in programs folder on C. I think I will try and move as much as can be onto my E drive (1TB) and see how we get on, then I'll look at the image backup idea. Thanks. food for thought.
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  8. dalchina's Avatar
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    As far as you can, programs should be installed on C: - why? because of all the registry keys and other possible folders they may create over whose placement you have no control of whatsoever.

    If you split programs between drives, then should the non-system drive fail, for example, you may have real difficulty uninstalling the scattered remnants of the programs you've chose to nominally install on another drive.

    Let's say the other drive is D:

    If you install a game to D:, then (unless it's fully portable - in which case you wouldn't be installing it anyway) you have no real idea what %ge of it will end up on D: and what on C: - that's up to the author.

    On disk imaging- start now. A rookie mistake is to try to get everything set up and installed, then start using disk imaging.
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  9. elbmek's Avatar
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    ok Dal
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  10. Posts : 172
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    dalchina said:
    On disk imaging- start now. A rookie mistake is to try to get everything set up and installed, then start using disk imaging.
    Why is this a mistake, at least surely get any Win updates done them image?
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