Windows 10: Move Windows 10 to SSD Solved


  1. Posts : 6
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 10586 Multiprocessor Free
       15 Apr 2016 #1

    Move Windows 10 to SSD


    The C: drive on my computer is a HDD running Windows 10 Pro. I'm planning to install a SSD and make it my C: drive. Can I transfer my system to the SSD by doing a system image on my HHD and restoring the image to the SSD? Does anyone fresee any problems that I might have so I can prepare for them?

    Thanks,

    Joe LaPointe
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  2. Posts : 305
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       15 Apr 2016 #2

    Acadian said: View Post
    The C: drive on my computer is a HDD running Windows 10 Pro. I'm planning to install a SSD and make it my C: drive. Can I transfer my system to the SSD by doing a system image on my HHD and restoring the image to the SSD? Does anyone fresee any problems that I might have so I can prepare for them?

    Thanks,

    Joe LaPointe

    That is exactly what you should do.

    I use Acronis True Image for the task but you can use Macrium Reflect, among others as well.
    After restoring the image to the SSD, remove the original drive before you boot into Windows 10.
    You can add the drive later as long as you set the BIOS to boot from the SSD.

    Is your system currently set to AHCI?
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  3. Posts : 6
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 10586 Multiprocessor Free
    Thread Starter
       15 Apr 2016 #3

    Why do you suggest that I use either Acronis True Image or Macrium Reflect to create and restore the image? Can't I use the Windows 10 built in create a system image then use a repair disk to restore the system image to the SSD?
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  4. Posts : 305
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       15 Apr 2016 #4

    Yes you can do that but many have expressed that it was less than user friendly doing it. I have always found the other programs more "friendly".
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  5. Posts : 6
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 10586 Multiprocessor Free
    Thread Starter
       15 Apr 2016 #5

    pbcopter,

    Thanks for your support!!
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  6. Posts : 305
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       15 Apr 2016 #6

    You're welcome, anytime.
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  7. Posts : 369
    Windows 10 Home x64
       15 Apr 2016 #7

    Acadian, I have used the "built in" backup/image for the exact thing you are doing and haven't had a problem. I've done it this way twice, first when I moved from a spinner (Win7) to a 64G SSD, then when I moved from that (W10) to a Samsung 128G EVO. Actually I've done it three times, put an SSD in my wife's laptop too, so twice on Win7 and once on W10.

    The biggest thing is to remove all drives except the backup/image source drive and the drive you're installing the backup/image on, I booted with install media (W10 iso on a USB) and had it use the backup/image from my backup drive. You may have to run repair to get the new SSD to boot. I've found the Windows backup/image restore works fine for what I've used it for.

    There are quite a few members that prefer either of the two programs mentioned, Acronis or Macrium, I haven't used them since Windows has that restore from backup/image function and it's worked fine for me. I also have a backup drive that I have a backup/image scheduled to run every Sunday at 7:00pm. It's saved me a couple times, takes about 20 to 30 minutes to restore from the backup/image.
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