Windows 10: Moving Windows 10 from a hdd to ssd on a new computer

Discus and support Moving Windows 10 from a hdd to ssd on a new computer in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; My friend has just bought a brand new computer and has had me install a 2TB ssd to replace the 2TB hdd which was originally installed in the computer.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by KevinStromberg, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. Moving Windows 10 from a hdd to ssd on a new computer


    My friend has just bought a brand new computer and has had me install a 2TB ssd to replace the 2TB hdd which was originally installed in the computer. I want to migrate the Windows 10 OS to the new ssd and remove the hdd after this has been done. Can I just copy the files or do I need to buy a program to move the os?

    :)
     
    KevinStromberg, Aug 11, 2019
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  2. AlecYM Win User

    Moving windows 10 from ssd to hdd.

    Hi, I was wondering if I would be able to move my Windows 10 from my HDD to my new SSD.
     
    AlecYM, Aug 11, 2019
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  3. Transferring Windows 10 from a HDD to a SSD in the same computer

    I just got a new computer and upgraded to windows 10. I also added in a 500GB SSD. I have all my files on the old computer and an external drive, so nothing other than the OS is on the new one. How can I move Windows from the HDD in the new computer to
    the SSD.
     
    WallyPowers, Aug 11, 2019
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  4. Moving Windows 10 from a hdd to ssd on a new computer

    Windows 10 on HDD to a new SSD

    I have recently replaced the 500 GB HDD in my laptop running Windows 10 with a 480 GB SSD. The laptop was fully configured with my applications and other settings. The steps I took were as follows:

    1) Shrink the C: drive so it was significantly smaller than the SSD (by at least 100 GB) using the Disk Management tools in W10.

    2) Copy all the files from D: onto an external HDD.

    3) Download Ubuntu Linux and burn on to a DVD.

    4) Download Windows 10 from Download Windows 10 and burn this on to a DVD.

    5) Close down and boot the laptop from the Ubuntu DVD from step 3 (I used a USB DVD rewriter).

    6) Plug in the external HDD.

    7) Open a Linux terminal and cd to the external HDD.

    8) Copy the C: partition to the external HDD using a command such as:

    dd bs=1024k if=/dev/sda1 of=C-drive

    where sda1 is adjusted to point to the correct partition.

    9) Close down and remove the external HDD.

    10) Remove the HDD and replace with the SSD.

    11) Perform a clean install Windows 10 from the DVD from step 4. Deleting all partitions from the SSD if it has had any created on it. When it asked for the product key, there was an option to enter it later. Make sure that the C: drive that is created is
    the same size or bigger than the C: drive was on the HDD.

    12) Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 then run the command

    dd bs=1024k if=C-drive of=/dev/sda4

    With the clean install of W10 64bit, sda4 was the C: drive on the SSD after the installation.

    13) Reboot from the SSD. The first couple of times my laptop reported errors and went into repair and diagnostic cycles. The last one said something like Reboot or Go to further tools. I cannot remember the exact messages but the meaning was as I have described.
    I rebooted and Windows 10 came up and ran perfectly.

    14) With the SSD working I shrank the C: drive a few GB to make sure the physical space was the same size as the actual filesystem.

    15) Create a D: format it and copy all the saved files on to the new D: from the external HDD.

    Job done. All my applications worked perfectly and the laptop connected to my wireless network without needing the pass phrase re-entering. I had tried several other ways of cloning the HDD to the SSD, but as the SSD was 20 GB smaller this was the only way
    I managed to get it to work.

    I hope this helps others to make the HDD to SSD transition.
     
    Grangeland, Aug 11, 2019
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