Windows 10: replace hard drive with SSD

  1.    12 Oct 2017 #1

    replace hard drive with SSD


    I have a laptop with a 1 TB hard drive. I am only using about 300 GB. Can I replace my 1 TB hard drive with a 500 GB SSD?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    12 Oct 2017 #2

    Yes.

    I did basically the same thing, a few months ago. I used the Magician cloning software for the Samsung SSD, but there are other ways of doing it.

    http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor...oad/tools.html
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 8,932
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       12 Oct 2017 #3

    Magician is Samsung's tool. If you have any other drive, you can use Macrium (it is free) or Minitool Partition wizard.

    Both tools are excellent. Get one of external cases, put SSD in, clone or image existing drive, replace HDD with SSD and go. I prefer Minitool for this.

    Magician is fine too.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    13 Oct 2017 #4

    tropicallime said: View Post
    I have a laptop with a 1 TB hard drive. I am only using about 300 GB. Can I replace my 1 TB hard drive with a 500 GB SSD?
    What was left out is "if" your laptop allows it. It should (most likely would), but you should double check before purchasing the drive.

    Good luck.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    13 Oct 2017 #5

    Also check if the laptop has a second drive bay. You may need to purchase a tray and/or adapter cable if you want to install the HDD in the second drive bay for storage. Or if you have an optical disk drive like a DVD drive installed that you don't use, you can also buy adapters to install the HDD in that space permanently (but you lose the DVD drive).

    Or, if you don't want to or can't install the HDD as a permanent storage drive, you can put it in a USB enclosure as @AndreTen stated. If you want to install the HDD in an adapter in the space where the DVD drive is, you can also buy a USB enclosure to turn the removed DVD drive into an external drive. Laptop DVD drives come in two heights, though - make sure you are getting the adapters of the correct height.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 20
    WIN10 LTSB, Linux
       13 Oct 2017 #6

    If you wind up needing/wanting an external USB enclosure to make your old drive into a nice USB storage drive (IE: your laptop has no extra drive bay), or as a method of getting one drive cloned to the other, etc. I bought This One about a year or more ago and it has been great. Cheap, good SATA3 to USB3 controller, and works perfectly. I have even installed Linux on it before and booted from it. These enclosures are very useful little tools.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
Recently I replaced a hard drive under warranty. 2GB WD. I received in it in the mail, hooked it up with a sata to USB cable to copy everything off the bad drive before I installed the new one. I formatted it, and created a (GPT Protective...
I had to uninstall Acronis True Image 2013 which seemed to be the issue with my Windows 10 64bit PC having many BSODs. Un-installing Acronis True Image 2013 meant that I lost the use of Acronis Extended Capacity Manager to make use of all of my...
I am so angry at HP
Hi, I have an activated copy of Windows 10 running on my system. I am thinking of replacing my old HHD with a new SSD. I would want to do a clean install of Windows 10. My question is if Windows 10 will activate. Will it know its the same...
Failing to replace failing laptop hard drive in Performance & Maintenance
Toshiba C55 series with a failing hard drive. My first attempt was to clone the drives using my Acronis True Image 2015. Formatted the new drive and placed in the PC. Old HD in a USB drive enclosure. Booted from the TI "Bootable Rescue Media.."...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:31.
Find Us