Windows 10: Need help transferring my Windows install to an SSD
How did your attempt to create an image fail? The error message could be instructive. Certainly you can't create an image from a drive with read errors.
Check your SMART parameters - e.g. Crystal Diskinfo (free)
Try Macrorit Diskscanner (free)
These will give you a quick idea as to whether your disk is viable.
an easy way also is to get a USB2/3--->SATA connector so you can do the entire install to your SSD as an external drive and then simply install the new ssd and re-boot.
Connect the new ssd to a USB2/3 port via the connector for the CLONE operation.
on a 500GB SSD simply CLONE your old HDD (Free macrium is probably the easiest)
Now with a partition manager or similar increase the size of the partition on the new ssd to what you need.
This is one of the rare cases I'd recommend CLONE over IMAGE - with image in this case you need to image and restore - not forgetting system reserved partitions - and this is fiddly when simply using one HDD as you'll need to create a separate partition for the IMAGE.
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