Windows 10: Can I swap my system drives over without issue?

Discus and support Can I swap my system drives over without issue? in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; My computer is dead and is going to take a while to get fixed. My partner took her pc home from work because of covid but hasn’t had to use it really.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/kurtanglesmilk, Jun 30, 2020 at 1:42 PM.

  1. Can I swap my system drives over without issue?


    My computer is dead and is going to take a while to get fixed. My partner took her pc home from work because of covid but hasn’t had to use it really. I want to use it while I wait for mine but can’t be installing things on it etc.

    If I were to swap out the C drive for another, install Windows fresh and use it for a while, would I be able to put the original drive back in when I’m done and start up no problem, or is there a link between the motherboard and system drive that would stop it from working?

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    /u/kurtanglesmilk, Jun 30, 2020 at 1:42 PM
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  2. how can i swap my windows 7 32bit with windows 8 32 bit but without DVD Drive

    how can i swap my windows 7 32bit with windows 8 32 bit but without DVD Drive?
     
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    Cloning to SSD then swapping drive letters


    @SamHobbs
    What you want done is very simple and can be done in short period of time. Here's my suggestion:
    There's 2 modes that Windows can be installed: UEFI and the old legacy MBR. Open Disk Management, look at the disk where your C drive is, if there's a
    1. EFI System Partition, your Windows was installed using UEFI.
    2. System Reserved partition, your Windows was installed using MBR
    Next, Connect your SSD to an available Sata port (no need to format or do anything). Download: Macrium Reflect Free . Install and run. Follow the steps below:
    1. From Macrium, click on image this disk under your C drive and save it to either an Internal or External Drive. This will create a single backup image of the whole disk containing your C drive.
    2. Again, from Macrium, click on Restore tab and select the image created from step 1, Select your SSD as the destination drive, click Next->Finish
    3. Exit Macrium. If your Windows was installed using MBR, Open disk management and make sure the SSD is marked "Active" else go to next step.
    4. Shutdown your PC. Disconnect the HD containing Windows C drive then connect your SSD to it.
    5. Reboot. Your PC should boot and the Windows should have C as the drive letter.

    NOTE: The procedure above is to backup your Windows to an image file then copy it back to the SSD. This ensures proper cluster size aligment for the SSD. In addition, Macrium also perform Trimming for the SSD. This is more preferable than cloning.
     
  4. Can I swap my system drives over without issue?

    Need help swapping my mobo

    I never had to do anything beside install the hard drive in the system and turn the system on when I was swapping out a hard drive between multiple system. But I have heard of people having problems when they tried doing it. I suggest either doing the reformat, or at the very least, be prepared to do a reformat.
     
    BarbaricSoul, Jun 30, 2020 at 2:18 PM
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