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Transferring only the OS to a SSD?

So guys, i have a 500 gb HD that contains my OS (windows 10), with 172 gb reserved to the OS (69 gb used, 102 free)and 292 gb free because i dont have nothing there, and a 2tb hd that i use for movies/games etc. I bought a ssd 120gb that i want to migrate the OS to, can you guys recommend a nice guide or a tutorial to do this migration, the best program to do, i searched about the easeUS ToDo Backup Free but this free version looks like dont have the system transfer. I googled some questions about this, but couldnt find a nice guide.
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    rgmarks said:
    So guys, i have a 500 gb HD that contains my OS (windows 10), with 172 gb reserved to the OS (69 gb used, 102 free)and 292 gb free because i dont have nothing there, and a 2tb hd that i use for movies/games etc. I bought a ssd 120gb that i want to migrate the OS to, can you guys recommend a nice guide or a tutorial to do this migration, the best program to do, i searched about the easeUS ToDo Backup Free but this free version looks like dont have the system transfer. I googled some questions about this, but couldnt find a nice guide.


    If you C partition is truly only 69GB consumed, then yes, you can do this.

    Just like this...
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    Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
    Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
    Power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
    Power up
    Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
    Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive Instead of ALL, select everything except the data partition
    Click the 'Clone' button
    Wait until it is done
    When it finishes, power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
    Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
    Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
    If good, continue the power up

    It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
    Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

    If it works, and it should, all is good.

    Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe as necessary.
    Delete the original boot partitions, here:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/4f1b84ac-b193-40e3-943a-f45d52e23685/cant-delete-extra-healthy-recovery-partitions-and-healthy-efi-system-partition?forum=w8itproinstall
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  2. yes the C: is just 69gb.
    "Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive Instead of ALL, select everything except the data partition"

    So my 500gb is divided in 172gb for C: and 292gb for D: (that has nothing), in this case i select only the C: drive right?

    "Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe as necessary."

    The old drive (500gb) i think is malfunctioning, that is the reason that i want to migrate, so i dont need to reconnect it right? And the 2tb drive, at what time do i reconnect it? And teorically i'll not have problems with this drive right? i mean, the games/movies/data etc, im gonna have access flawlessly?
  3. rgmarks said:
    yes the C: is just 69gb.
    "Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive Instead of ALL, select everything except the data partition"

    So my 500gb is divided in 172gb for C: and 292gb for D: (that has nothing), in this case i select only the C: drive right?

    "Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe as necessary."

    The old drive (500gb) i think is malfunctioning, that is the reason that i want to migrate, so i dont need to reconnect it right? And the 2tb drive, at what time do i reconnect it? And teorically i'll not have problems with this drive right? i mean, the games/movies/data etc, im gonna have access flawlessly?



    In that Macrium tool, you will see all partitions on that drive.
    Select everything except the data partition...292GB D partition.

    "Later, reconnect and wipe...." skip that stuff

    Reconnect the other 2TB drive after you are 100% sure things are working properly from the new drive.


    Assuming this clone operation works, and it should if the current 500GB drive is not too hosed up, yes. Your stuff on the 2TB is not touched, and everything should work exactly as it does now.

    But...what will you do with the 292GB D partition on your current failing drive?
  4. I really dont know right now, maybe im gonna sell or give to somebody. Do you think that the D: partition could be ok to use? Well i dont really know that my problems in windows (lagging hard, bad response on programs, etc)are because of my 500gb hdd.
  5. rgmarks said:
    I really dont know right now, maybe im gonna sell or give to somebody. Do you think that the D: partition could be ok to use? Well i dont really know that my problems in windows (lagging hard, bad response on programs, etc)are because of my 500gb hdd.


    It might just need a reinstall of the OS on the current drive.

    Find and run the manufacurers diagnostics. See what that says about the drive.
    WD Data Lifeguard, Seagate Seatools...whatever.
  6. yeah maybe, but i was planning in migrate the OS to a ssd for the faster boot, these problems just made me haste myself for a ssd.
  7. Thanks, gonna do this tomorrow, need a ssd support for my desktop.
  8. wow, 800 mb for this program? is this right?
  9. rgmarks said:
    wow, 800 mb for this program? is this right?


    For the download?
    It should be this:
  10. 3,4 mb is the downloader, wich is downloading 800mb of data to the actual program, wtf, its right?
  11. rgmarks said:
    3,4 mb is the downloader, wich is downloading 800mb of data to the actual program, wtf, its right?


    Right.
    It builds its own bootloader, among other things.

    I use this every day. It is fine.
  12. hey man, im kinda noob on this, do i need to format the ssd before doing this procedure?
  13. rgmarks said:
    hey man, im kinda noob on this, do i need to format the ssd before doing this procedure?


    No. It will do what it needs to do.
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