Windows 10: Do I select System Folder when Cloning a primary C drive

Discus and support Do I select System Folder when Cloning a primary C drive in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi, Have Win 10 1809 and wanting to use larger drive. I want to clone the current primary C: drive to the new larger disk but not sure about whether... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by ozstar, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. ozstar Win User

    Do I select System Folder when Cloning a primary C drive


    Hi,

    Have Win 10 1809 and wanting to use larger drive.

    I want to clone the current primary C: drive to the new larger disk but not sure about whether I choose the E: System Folder as well as the C: source of the drive.

    Can you advise please?

    oz

    :)
     
    ozstar, Jun 8, 2019
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  2. topgundcp Win User

    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.
     
    topgundcp, Jun 8, 2019
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  3. Metroxed Win User
    Change default boot drive after cloning system drive

    Hello all.

    My HP '2 in 1' laptop-tablet came with two internal SDDs, Disk 0 (CDo I select System Folder when Cloning a primary C drive :) which is the system drive and has Windows and its system files and Disk 1 (DDo I select System Folder when Cloning a primary C drive :) which is empty. They're two separate disks, not a partition. The issue is, however, that Disk 0 came only
    with about 29GB of total space, and it became filled up by Windows and its updates. Disk 1 has about 460GB of free space.

    I want to move the system drive from Disk 0 to Disk 1, and to do such I've been advised to clone C: to D: (making D: the system drive) and then reformat C:. Thus, Windows and the system files will be on D:, the larger drive.

    However, I am concerned with the fact that seemingly I am not able to change which drive the PC boots from when it starts. The BIOS menu has a boot order list, but it does not contain any info about the internal drives, only a "OS boot manager" (which is
    set as primary option) and then external alternatives (CD, USB, etc.). There's no option for changing the default boot drive from C: to D:.

    So if I clone C: to D:, but the system keeps booting from C: (or is unable to boot at all if I reformat CDo I select System Folder when Cloning a primary C drive :), the whole operation is useless and I am still stuck with Windows being installed on a smaller drive.

    Is there anyway to change the default internal drive the PC boots from?
     
    Metroxed, Jun 8, 2019
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  4. RockFoxx Win User

    Do I select System Folder when Cloning a primary C drive

    Windows 10 indexing selects wrong drive

    I used a bootable CD containing
    EaseUS
    disk copier to clone the Win8.1 drive to a new HDD.

    At your suggestion I tried changing the drive letter of the 8.1 disk from D: to I:. This did not fix the problem. When I select the C: drive to index it jumps to the I: drive and does not index any of the C: drive.

    Again, I went into Device Manager and disabled to 2nd disk (the original 8.1) and that corrected the problem.
     
    RockFoxx, Jun 8, 2019
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