Windows 10: How do i restore windows to a new SSD from an external HDD

  1.    29 Aug 2015 #1

    How do i restore windows to a new SSD from an external HDD

    Hi everyone. I have an acer aspire r14 and it only has 1 slot for a HDD. I have bought a brand new SSD, which I am trying to replace the old HDD with. I have an external HDD where i have a system image backup of my windows 10. Since there is only one slot on the motherboard for a harddrive, i will have to take out the old HDD and put the SSD instead. Then my laptop won't have any data on it. My question is, how do i restore my windows 10 from the external HDD, on the new SSD. Does it work if i change boot order and just simply restore or is there something more complicated?
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       29 Aug 2015 #2

    I would be looking at getting Macrium Reflect. It will allow you to do a backup and, it has provision
    to make a bootup USB drive so you can set it up on your SSD. I was led to believe this can happen
    from a HDD to an SSD and I cannot see why not? at least if it fails, you don't lose your data off the HDD. :)

    Greatest advantage, this is FREE :) Macrium Reflect Free
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       29 Aug 2015 #3
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  4.    29 Aug 2015 #4

    Agreed with pendaws.
    Step 1 using free macrium software (install it in your current PC), then clone the internal drive to your new SSD.
    Step 2, At this point the ssd should be your twin of the internal HD.
    Step 3, install the ssd to the pc. boot it up, you are in business. After you are happy with the set up. I am sure you will be. You have 2 external HD in your hands, use one to clone with macrium. If you want, every week or month use alternate one (external drive) to clone your ssd. SSD speed will definitely beats your old HD hands down. If not your SSD is not working right.
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  5.    29 Aug 2015 #5

    well the idea is that i already have a backup image of the system. i don't think i need to make another backup since windows 10 has an option to do a backup/system image
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  6.    29 Aug 2015 #6

    It is up to you, it is your hd. My opinion is the more backup the better. You can never trust the OS to do the system restore for you should there be disaster. HD price is dirt cheap, since you have 2 in hand, do something about it. Unless you have something in mind.
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  7.    29 Aug 2015 #7

    CuriousOne said: View Post
    well the idea is that i already have a backup image of the system. i don't think i need to make another backup since windows 10 has an option to do a backup/system image
    Yes mate just pop in the rescue disk you made and boot from it and restore your back up.
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  8.    29 Aug 2015 #8

    I guess i will just plug in both of the external HDD and the SSD in the USB slots and just restore the windows from the external HDD(where i have the backup and the system image) to the SSD and then just replace the internal HDD of the windows with the SSD. that should do, right?
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