Want to Clone SSD to Higher Capacity SSD

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  1. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro

    Yes, it is VERY important that you image ALL the necessary partitions and re image ALL of them to the new drive. If not windows may not boot on the new SSD.

    It would be very helpful if you could post a shot of Disk Management when you get a chance, before you try the re image on the new SSD.

    A shot of his OS drive will show all the partitions on the OS drive. If the drive is setup UEFI/GPT, Disk Management WILL NOT show all the partitions, but Partition Wizard will.

    And it`s Free Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Wizard Free
    Last edited by AddRAM; 20 Sep 2019 at 00:52.
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  2. Posts : 338
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
    Thread Starter

    So at the time of this post, and after spending around $50 thanks to the other users on ebay hiking the final auction price as a sort of revenge on losing the auction in question, I got the SSD drive bought and its in the process of being sent over

    I have read and committed all that I've been told to memory on how NOT to screw this up, but one question I dont think I asked about was the windows 10 license. If I do this macrium reflect backup/cloning method, or use something like EaseUS Todo Backup Free to clone the ssd, will I have to worry about re-inputting the license code that came with the computer to activate windows 10 home (his edition of windows), or will it still stay activated even after the backup

    and even then, will I have to worry about sync issues (settings wise) with onedrive? He has onedrive open on his, but for whatever times I was on his computer during maintenance when he's at work, I dont know if he's using it for syncing settings or something

    And another thing: in one article on cloning an SSD onto a larger capacity one here, it mentioned a tool called EaseUS Todo Backup that can do such a thing, but also optimize the SSD for performance after the fact. If i stick with macrium reflect, will there be any other steps/commands I need to use to ensure his new SSD will perform just as good as the old one? TRIM, any tool that could help, etc...
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  3. Posts : 17,371
    Windows 11 Pro

    Windows activation will not be affected.

    Onedrive sync will not be affected.

    There will be no additional steps you will need to optimize the new SSD.
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  4. Posts : 25,088
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    BrokenDaily said:
    ... one question I dont think I asked about was the windows 10 license. ... will I have to worry about re-inputting the license code .. or will it still stay activated even after the backup...
    Windows activation is by a digital license linked to the unique hardware ID of the PC. The hard drive plays no part in this hardware ID. So yes, it will activate with the cloned drive.
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  5. Posts : 338
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
    Thread Starter

    well it worked; after I finally got the SSD I bought for my brother for his Birthday (a 500 GB Samsung 970 evo), I used macrium reflect to make an image backup of his main OS drive, and restored it to his newer SSD, did dism, sfc, and chkdsk scans and nothing came back wrong. And his new SSD is leagues faster than the default dell lite-on ssd he had

    the only hitch is that there was 227.29 GB worth of unallocated data that disk management and diskpart couldn't reallocate it back to the C: drive, so I had to use minitool partition wizard to fix that

    now my only problem is booting to usb on his computer, but otherwise everything is perfect
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