Easiest way to transfer Windows to new SSD?

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  1. Anthony Q

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    Hey guys,

    I just built my new computer and after wiring it up, decided I didn't want my 3.5" drive.

    So I've only got a 500gb Samsung 850 Evo with Windows 10 on it.

    I'm planning to get a 250gb Samsung 960 m.2 soon, but I'm not sure the best way to get everything over to the new SSD. I'm planning to have Windows 10 on the 960, and then my games on the 850

    Any help is much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Anthony
     
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    Is there any issues with cloning it over as compared to reinstalling?

    I might need to do the same soon, so interested to know. Thanks
     
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    No. If you are happy with your current installation, then just clone it. A clone is by definition identical.

    The only catch of course is that if you are going from a larger to a smaller drive, as Anthony is, you need to have enough room on the smaller drive.

    If you are only using your C drive as a Windows drive, as most do these days, that's not usually an issue, but if your C drive is a storage drive as well you may need to offload files to make the clone small enough to fit a smaller drive.

    In Anthony's case, if his games are on the larger drive they may (or may not, he hasn't said) exceed the capacity of the smaller new drive. If so, it means he is going to need to offload files onto another drive temporarily before cloning. After cloning, he can then wipe the old drive and stick the games back on that.

    Going from a smaller to a larger drive obviously won't have this problem.

    I use Macrium Reflect too, on drives which aren't Samsung. If you buy a Samsung drive though, you can download Samsung Data Migration Software which only works if at least one of the drives is Samsung, and its even better than Macrium Reflect. Basically, its faster. Either way, you can't go wrong, both programs are excellent.
     
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    Thanks a lot, that was really helpful.

    Because my build is so new, I've used 160gb, so it will fit onto the new drive.

    I've got Samsung Magician, but because I'm on Ryzen, apparently it doesn't really support it? so not sure if I can use the Samsung software you mentioned
     
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    I used it on my Ryzen 1700/ 512GB 960 Pro ?
    Magician is not the same software, you specifically want the Data Migration Software.
    If you aren't sure, then just go with Macrium Reflect, either one is fine. IMO the Samsung version is faster, that's all, it doesn't really matter which one you use.
     
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    Use the Samsung data migration tool. It is intended specifically to ease migration to Samsung SSD drives and more specifically, can clone from a larger drive to a smaller drive as long as space permits. I have used this several times with great success.
     
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    awesome, that's makes me feel a lot better. was hoping I didn't have to do clean install and re-do drivers and everything

    thanks for the help
     
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    Start>run
    Diskmgmt.msc

    Right click your boot volume
    Shrink volume
    Make it less than 232GB so it'll fit on your new ssd.
    Let that finish

    Right click your boot volume
    Add mirror
    Select your new disk
    Wait for resync to complete
    Make sure it says active and healthy on the newly created volume on your new disk, if not, right click and choose mark partitionas active. Wait for resync to complete to be healthy.

    Reboot to BIOS
    Set your new ssd as the boot drive

    Boot up
    Start > run
    Diskmgmt.msc
    Right click the volume on your old SSD
    Choose remove mirror
    If you get an error saying it's your boot volume then you didn't boot up from the new disk (reconfirm steps about making it active and the first boot priority).

    Then format your old drive and you're good to go.
     
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    Not sure about m.2 vs ssd performance, but I do know windows sets caching and a few other tid bits based on disk _type_. So I would run windows performance index, on the new m.2 drive the minute its on there.
     
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    +1 for the Macrium and the Samsung tool, I have used both with no issues.
     
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    Yep it's brilliant, used it on my last transition from the 850 to the 960. Did it perfectly! Great migration tool.
     

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