New SSD for Win 10
Win 7 Pro currently installed on 126GB SSD. Only 20 GB capacity left.
Plan to install new 500GB SSD as C Drive.
Plan is to clone 126 SSD to 500 SSD, including Win 7 OS, before installing 10.
Then install 10 to 500 GB SSD
Does this seem like best way to go?
Welcome to Tenforums, zalophus.
If I understand you correctly, you would have the old 128G SSD with Windows 7 on it, and the new 500G SSD with Windows 7, then WIndows 10 when it is released.
If that is the case, it is a way to go. That way you can always drop back to Windows 7 by swapping the drives. Is that what you plan?
What's taking up the space on your current SSD? If it's programs or files that would be just as happy an a spinner you could invest in a smaller SSD for 10 and get your files onto the spinner. Then you could have a dedicated SSD for each OS, it works a treat.
Thanks for good suggestions. Yes-cloning old ssd to new ssd and then installing 10 is what I planned. Keeping Win 7 on separate drive hadn't occurred to me, and is something for me to consider.
BTW-I assume that I could not install win 10 directly onto the new ssd w/o cloning win 7 onto it first? If not, then I may do a clean install of WIN 7 onto the new drive, leaving everything on the old SSD till 10 is installed.
Hey, I'm new to these forums. Went looking around for something like this and ended up here.
I have a windows 7 home pre machine, it's got a 500 gig Samsung SSD for it's C drive and runs like a champ. I've got Macrium Reflect and have tested cloning my C drive to another Samsung SSD and it seems to work great. I'm running right now on the clone, all is well.
My question is this: If I now let the Windows 10 free install proceed on this clone and for some reason, I don't like the outcome, can I revert to the original SSD and later down the road, upgrade it to windows 10. In other words, does doing the upgrade on the clone use up my upgrade to Win 10?
BTW, back about maybe 8 or more months, I put the SSD into this xps 8700 and it became the fastest computer I have ever owned and I've built and owned many many of them over the years.
Anyway, the clone method probably is the best way to go. My wife has an xps 8700 and she has some special software on it that she needs so we will attempt a switch using a clone to see of her software will work with Win 10. I have to wait till she's in a position where I can get use of the machine for awhile.
You can upgrade the same install of Windows 7 as many times as you want.
While on the subject, if I bought a Samsung 1TB Pro SSD and cloned my Western Digital 750GB spinner to it which has three partitions, a C:, D: and a recovery partition. What I want to do is clone the C and the recovery partition as there is nothing on D so I can make the C use the unused space, I've only cloned spinners in the past which all had just one NTFS partition and then expanded it to fit the whole drive but how hard is it to clone the recovery partition so it would work when I need it.
Certain fault potentials with ssd drives.
In the event you are not aware of a potential problem with SSD drives, be aware that it is becoming known that the read/writes for a couple of utilities in your OS can be damaging to SSD,
Never defrag SSD, and turn off File Indexing. We generally over look the last one as Windows has been, by default, indexing files on new computers. The default switch has been set to run indexing, while it can be switched to OFF in properties of the hard drive.
Frankly, I teach performance classes on Windows and have been instructing students to turn OFF file indexing on all hard drives for years. Now, it's not only a perfomance factor but a reliability factor.
Sorry this does not directly respond to your question, but it leads me to my own preference to keep OS and programs only on SSD drives, and run storage on SATA or other technology OTHER THAN SSD.
You will far outgrow capacity of your SSD long before indexing causes you issues on your SSD.