Moving SSD to new laptop without reinstalling?

  1. Posts : 420
    Windows 10

    Moving SSD to new laptop without reinstalling?

    Both laptops have valid windows 10 licenses. One is old as balls and had a SSD breath new life into it but it still struggles, and the new one is a decent system held back by a slow drive.

    I'd like to avoid reinstalling all my apps and setting things up the way I like, so could I just put the SSD from the old laptop into the new one, let it download all of the drivers, and it will reactivate with the new license fine?
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  2. Posts : 2,078
    Windows 10 Pro

    Theoretically, yes.....but since these are laptops with OEM licenses, I'm sure if that will work. One way to check is just to try it. Before you do, make sure you have backup of each drive in case of failure.
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  3. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit

    I would think that you could "copy" the entire installation now on the slow drive in the newer laptop to the SSD.

    Most likely by using Macrium Reflect Free to make an image of the slow drive and temporarily storing it on some external drive.

    Then install the SSD in the newer laptop.

    Then restore the image from the external drive to the SSD now in the newer laptop.

    Or am I misunderstanding you?
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  4. Posts : 17,361
    Windows 11 Pro

    You face two issues moving the SSD.

    Legacy BIOS v. UEFI. If the old computer was Legacy BIOS and the new computer is UEFI, then the easiest thing to do is turn off secure boot on the new computer UEFI settings and enable CSM (legacy BIOS) mode.

    The second issue is the SATA drive controller. Easiest solution is on the old computer, in device manager, look under IDE drive controllers. You should see a driver for either IDE controller or ACHI controller. Delete that item(s). Then shut down the computer by holding down the shift key when you click on shutdown. Then move the SSD to the new computer.
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  5. Posts : 25,054
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    There is a third issue, activation. But only if one PC is Home and the other is Pro.
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  6. Posts : 17,361
    Windows 11 Pro

    Bree said:
    There is a third issue, activation. But only if one PC is Home and the other is Pro.
    More specifically if the old computer is Pro and the new computer has a license for Home only.
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  7. Posts : 420
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I should clarify the old system was upgraded from windows 7 and the new system was upgraded from windows 8. Both are set for efi, and the old system has a M.2 sata SSD in a 2.5" adapter and the whole thing will be plugged into the new system.
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  8. Posts : 8,692
    Mac OS Catalina

    I would do a In Place Repair after you install the SSD on the new system. Get a USB caddy for pulling files that may still be needed from the old drive. I use mine for backups and makes it easier to secure that drive when done.
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