Transferring SSD from laptop to desktop

  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Transferring SSD from laptop to desktop

    I have a laptop with a 2.5 inch 128gb SSD. This SSD has windows 10 on it along with a number of other programs, files, etc. I would like to take the SSD out of my laptop and install it in my desktop, which already has its own SSD in it with windows 10 installed. So my question is can I just take the SSD out of my laptop and install it into my desktop and keep all the programs and files? Or do I need to use some type of third party software to transfer over the contents of the drive.
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Yes, you can. There are two main things that will keep it from booting:

    UEFI v. Legacy BIOS differences and SATA disk controller modes IDE v. AHCI.
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    You should be able to simply install the second SSD and read all the files. Note the second SSD will have active partitions being a former system disk. This can confuse or slow the boot process on some PCs since you have several active partitions installed on the PC.You can set any active partitions on the second SSD to inactive using MiniTool Partition Wizard if you have problems.
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