Issues With Space and Cloning When Moving an Operating System to an SSD
Recently my friend got an SSD to pair with his existing hard drive, and we attempted to install it into his system. We wanted it to serve as a boot drive and storage for his most essential apps and games, Chrome and Skyrim. We were attempting to move his OS, Windows 10, to a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO. We first attempted to use the included software for OS migration, but after excluding all image text and video files we were still about 250GB over the capacity of the SSD as a result of the many applications and games. We then tried using AOEMI Partition Assistant in hopes it would allow us to exclude applications from the hard drive clone and that failed as well. Eventually, we turned to this tutorial https://youtu.be/tLDNyK19BIM and after partitioning the hard drive we copied all the folders that weren't system files in the C directory and didn't give an error when we attempted to move them to the partition. We then deleted all of the original folders in the C that we had copied over, but were still faced with the same exact error of too much space to move to the smaller SSD. We then attempted to merge the two Partitions back together to start back at square one, but all of the shortcuts, video drivers and applications were either missing or not working. I know this is a very complex situation with a lot of stupidity and errors to be found, but I would like an idea of where we could have gone wrong and a solution to the issues we had when moving the OS
At this point, I think it's best to delete all the partitions on the SSD and do a clean install of Windows 10 on to the SSD.
First, put the HDD back in and since you're using Windows 10, link your windows 10 to you're Microsoft account: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-link-your-windows-10.... Then, when you do a clean install of Windows 10 on the SSD, it will activate without any issues.
Next, create a USD thumb drive with Windows 10 home on it. Here's the directions (Create Windows 10 Installation Media): https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windo...
Disconnect your HDD's and install the SSD. Be sure no other drives other than the SSD are connected. Install Windows 10 to the SSD, do any needed updates and activate it.
Last, you can can reinstall the HDD. When you boot up, go into bios and amke sure the SSD is set as the boot drive. Then, you can clean off the windows 10 install on the HDD and the programs. last reinstall your programs.