Installation/Upgrade Question?

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  1. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Home version 2004
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    Installation/Upgrade Question?


    I am in the process of buying a new 1TB m-2 NVMe SSD to replace my present 120GB SSD. Which of the options in the Installation tutorials in the forum above would be the simplest one for me install considering I am a 71yr old pensioner and although I have built three of my own computers now I do not keep up with the latest tech in this regard. My OS is Windows 10 version 20H2 (OS build 19042.906) and I am wanting to avoid a reinstallation from my installation disk and then have to install over 5yrs of updates manually. If there was a way to copy my present install to the new SSD card it would be appreciated, if not what is the simplest way to do it?.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,978
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Hi, you will find a good number of pensioners here...

    Cloning your disk can be done fairly readily
    How to clone a disk with Macrium Reflect 7.x
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  4. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    The biggest question, @saltyseadog, is what type of SSD is the current 120 GB SSD? Is it plugged into the m.2 slot that the new SSD will go into? If it is, then you will have to save an image of the current SSD onto another drive (internal or external), swap the SSDs, then restore the image to the new SSD. Or you will have to get an NVME M.2 to USB adapter and then you can clone.

    If the current 120GB is SATA plugged into a SATA port, then you can clone.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    saltyseadog said:
    ...considering I am a 71yr old pensioner...

    That's young compared to some of the members here, and only a couple of years ahead of me

    Clone to a new drive or make an image and restore to the new drive - both should work well.

    Personally I'd make a Macrium image, install the new drive, then restore to that. You have the option to resize partitions while restoring.

    Modifying restore destination partition properties - KnowledgeBase v7.2 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
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  6. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,515
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    You also get the option to resize when cloning, as well.
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  7. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Home version 2004
    Thread Starter
       #7

    The present Samsung SSD is a SATA drive so I will be able to clone it. On that matter as the new 1TB NVMe drive is also a Samsung would it be better to use the Samsung Data Transfer tool rather than Macrium Reflect?.

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    NavyLCDR said:
    You also get the option to resize when cloning, as well.
    Thanks for the reply, what exactly does that mean?.
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  8. Paul Black's Avatar
    Posts : 12,191
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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    Hello @saltyseadog,

    Here is some information that might help . . .

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    Macrium Reflect is a trusted and recommended source that is widely used in this forum, therefore, there is plenty of help available for ANY questions or advice if needed.

    Download => Macrium Reflect - FREE Edition

    Quote from their website . . .

    FREE Edition

    A free back up, disk imaging, and cloning solution capable of meeting the needs of both commercial and personal users.

    Protect your data, upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems safe in the knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file. Macrium Reflect supports back up to local, network, and USB drives, and is licensed for both home and business use.

    Information & Tutorials:

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    Videos:

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    > How to Clone a Disk Drive using Macrium Reflect and Resize the Partition
    > How to Clone Windows With Macrium Reflect Free - HDD to SSD Upgrade 2020 [ In Depth Tutorial ]
    > How to Clone your HDD to SSD With Macrium Free Software



    I hope this helps!
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  9. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
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    Are you sure that your motherboard supports booting from an NVMe drive?

    The Samsung tool may work well for your purposes, but you can likely get more support on this site if you use Macrium.

    If cloning fails, try imaging. Cloning may well be less confusing and fewer steps than imaging, but might be a bit more prone to failure.

    Any "resize" issues can be dealt with after the fact, so I wouldn't be highly concerned about it at this point.
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  10. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Home version 2004
    Thread Starter
       #10

    ignatzatsonic said:
    Are you sure that your motherboard supports booting from an NVMe drive?

    The Samsung tool may work well for your purposes, but you can likely get more support on this site if you use Macrium.

    If cloning fails, try imaging. Cloning may well be less confusing and fewer steps than imaging, but might be a bit more prone to failure.

    Any "resize" issues can be dealt with after the fact, so I wouldn't be highly concerned about it at this point.
    Unless I am mistaken that is it where it says 20GB/s M2 it also says in the spec sheet in the link.
    https://static.gigabyte.com/StaticFi...14552/png/1000
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