Windows 10: replace hard drive with SSD

Discus and support replace hard drive with SSD in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; I have a laptop with a 1 TB hard drive. I am only using about 300 GB. Can I replace my 1 TB hard drive with a 500 GB SSD? 95323 Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by tropicallime, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. replace hard drive with SSD


    I have a laptop with a 1 TB hard drive. I am only using about 300 GB. Can I replace my 1 TB hard drive with a 500 GB SSD?

    :)
     
    tropicallime, Oct 12, 2017
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  2. Windows back up with New internalSSD

    Hi, I am Using Lenovo G50-80 laptop and I am planning to replace my hard drive with the SSD. Could you please tell me if I can clone my existing hard drive to an external hard drive, and once replaced with New SSD. Also if i can back it up to SSD with
    all the programs getting installed to a new drive.

    Thanks

    Rahul.
     
    RahulMaddikunta_909, Oct 12, 2017
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  3. Dave494 Win User
    Fastest Area of a Hard Disk: File Placement

    Until the day comes when SSD's are at least several Terabytes in size and cheap, most computer users in the world are stuck with hard drives. Even worse are the slower hard drives used in laptops.

    I hope more can be done to maximise performance of hard drives in Windows 10. SSD's won't be replacing hard drives overnight. replace hard drive with SSD :(
     
    Dave494, Oct 12, 2017
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  4. bobkn Win User

    replace hard drive with SSD

    bobkn, Oct 12, 2017
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  5. AndreTen Win User
    Magician is Samsung's tool. If you have any other drive, you can use Macrium (it is free) or Minitool Partition wizard.

    Both tools are excellent. Get one of external cases, put SSD in, clone or image existing drive, replace HDD with SSD and go. I prefer Minitool for this.

    Magician is fine too.
     
    AndreTen, Oct 12, 2017
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  6. sygnus21 Win User
    What was left out is "if" your laptop allows it. It should (most likely would), but you should double check before purchasing the drive.

    Good luck.
     
    sygnus21, Oct 12, 2017
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  7. NavyLCDR New Member
    Also check if the laptop has a second drive bay. You may need to purchase a tray and/or adapter cable if you want to install the HDD in the second drive bay for storage. Or if you have an optical disk drive like a DVD drive installed that you don't use, you can also buy adapters to install the HDD in that space permanently (but you lose the DVD drive).

    Or, if you don't want to or can't install the HDD as a permanent storage drive, you can put it in a USB enclosure as @AndreTen stated. If you want to install the HDD in an adapter in the space where the DVD drive is, you can also buy a USB enclosure to turn the removed DVD drive into an external drive. Laptop DVD drives come in two heights, though - make sure you are getting the adapters of the correct height.
     
    NavyLCDR, Oct 12, 2017
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  8. Quexos Win User

    replace hard drive with SSD

    If you wind up needing/wanting an external USB enclosure to make your old drive into a nice USB storage drive (IE: your laptop has no extra drive bay), or as a method of getting one drive cloned to the other, etc. I bought This One about a year or more ago and it has been great. Cheap, good SATA3 to USB3 controller, and works perfectly. I have even installed Linux on it before and booted from it. These enclosures are very useful little tools.
     
    Quexos, Apr 5, 2018
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