Help with migrating a dual boot (Win/Linux) system to a new computer


  1. Posts : 28
    Window 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Help with migrating a dual boot (Win/Linux) system to a new computer


    I am in the process of building a new computer and would like to migrate my current dual-boot (Windows 10 Pro/Linux Mint) to it. My current primary drive is a 500GB SSD, which I've partitioned to accommodate Windows and Mint. My new system (which I'm building from scratch) will have a 2TB NVMe. My first thought was to clone the current primary drive with both OS to the new one but I'm not sure how to handle the size difference. The other option, and the more laborious one, is to save the important information (files, browser profiles, etc.) from both the OS and then do a fresh install on the new system. I'm really not sure what would be the best approach. Any help/suggestion would be appreciated. Thank you.
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  2. Posts : 6,659
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
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    You didn't mention what drive image / clone you have but you can keep the system partitions (System / EFI, Recovery and swap) size and resize the Windows and Mint partitions.
    As it is a new computer you will have to migrate the windows license.
    How to Transfer a Windows 10 or 11 License to Another PC | Tom's Hardware
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  3. Posts : 28
    Window 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Megahertz said:
    You didn't mention what drive image / clone you have but you can keep the system partitions (System / EFI, Recovery and swap) size and resize the Windows and Mint partitions.
    As it is a new computer you will have to migrate the windows license.
    How to Transfer a Windows 10 or 11 License to Another PC | Tom's Hardware
    Thank you for your input. I don't yet have a image/clone software. Any suggestion?
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  4. Posts : 8,219
    windows 10
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    What make is new drive most makers offer free clone software for their drives Samsung clone is great
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  5. Posts : 28
    Window 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Samuria said:
    What make is new drive most makers offer free clone software for their drives Samsung clone is great
    The current drive is a Samsung EVO 500GB; the new build will have a 2TB WD SN850X NVMe
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  6. Posts : 6,659
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
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    It doesn't matter the SSD brand. You can use Samsung Magician or any other.
    I recommend Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backup
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  7. Posts : 28
    Window 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Megahertz said:
    It doesn't matter the SSD brand. You can use Samsung Magician or any other.
    I recommend Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backup
    Thank you!
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  8. Posts : 3,542
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)
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    In Macrium Reflect you copy/paste the partitions from the source to the target and then begin cloning. All partitions are copied at their original size and you have to manually calculate the necessary space to fit the remaining partitions and then resize the Windows and Linux partitions before pasting the next one. This is not very convenient. Other utilities such as Acronis have an option to copy the partitions proportionaly and they automatically expand the Windows and Linux partitions on the new drive.
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