Windows 10: Upgrading my SSD - Do I need to reinstall Windows? Solved

  1.    26 Feb 2018 #1

    Upgrading my SSD - Do I need to reinstall Windows?


    Hi,

    I have a Samsung SSD 830 Series 128GB 2.5" disk running basically only Windows. I've moved all users folders to my other HDD (Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB) and on this disc all Program Files, games etc. are stored.

    Now I bought this Western Digital Blue 3D NAND 500GB 2.5" SATA that I'd like to replace my Samsung SSD with.

    Do I have to reinstall Windows completely or can I copy the Samsung disk over to the WD somehow?
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  2. Posts : 2,346
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       26 Feb 2018 #2

    The answer is NO.
    You can use some backup software such as Macrium to create a backup image to the HD then restore to the new 500GB SSD. Once done, open disk management and extend the volume to use all space available.

    Macrium Reflect Free Edition x64
    Macrium Reflect Free Edition x86
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  3.    26 Feb 2018 #3

    Thank you Top Gun
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  4.    26 Feb 2018 #4

    It may be wise to use the approach given in post #2. You'd have an image of the original 128GB drive, a good thing.

    However, the new WDC drive comes with a limited version of Acronis True Image. (Or, you can download it from wdc.com). I haven't used it, but I assume that it'd let you clone the 128 GB drive to the new 500 GB one, while resizing the Windows partition, all in one go.
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  5.    26 Feb 2018 #5

    I think I have a good understanding of what I should do now. I watched this YouTube video that demonstrates the use of Macrium:

    How to Clone Windows With Macrium Reflect Free - YouTube

    What I do not fully understand is how I extend the volume to use all space available after completion of the clone.

    Could you explain how this is done?
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  6. Posts : 2,346
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       26 Feb 2018 #6

    What I do not fully understand is how I extend the volume to use all space available after completion of the clone.

    Could you explain how this is done?
    As mentioned above. Just open Disk Management (Win+X->Disk Management).
    Right click on C drive->Extend Volume

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  7.    26 Feb 2018 #7

    I see! Thank you!
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