SSD upgrade on windows 7

I have a raid 1 500 gig HDD partitioned into two, 146, and 319 gig.

The first bit (146 gig) has windows, second is programs etc.

I'd like to take a 250 gig+ SSD and put the windows partition on it, but expand it to the full size of the SSD.

Next I'd like to take the second partition and expand it to the entire 500 gigs.I figured I'll just move the files over to my 1Tb hard drive, format then move back.Maybe there is a easier way?

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  1. Samsung has a free ssd migration app that will move your windows C drive to one of their ssd's.
    It is a windows mover, not a clone so I think it should work.
    Install the new ssd, and run the program.
    You should be able to boot from the ssd which will have extra space available on it.
    I see no reason why you should not be able to remove the old C drive partition.
    But, since the original C partition was likely the first thing in the addressing scheme, I think you will be unable to simply expand the 315gb space.
    For that, you may need to resort to your copy and replace option.

    I might also suggest you rethink your raid 1 as backup.
    That protects against explicitly a hard drive failure, but not against other perils such as fires, virus , user error, or encryption threats.
    For that you need external backup.
    Perhaps put one of your hard drives in a usb enclosure for backup purposes.
  2. Thanks,

    I'll look into the samsung program.

    I've got backups covered. Raid 1 was bought for hardware failure.
  3. Best answer
    Adjust for your particular partitioning scheme...

    Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
    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
    Click the 'Clone' button
    Wait until it is done
    When it finishes, power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
    This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the 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 450MB Recovery Partition, here:
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