Windows 10: Will formatting my inbuilt HDD make me loose my Windows 10 if I have cloned OS to SSD

Discus and support Will formatting my inbuilt HDD make me loose my Windows 10 if I have cloned OS to SSD in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; My laptop came installed with Windows 8 that I upgraded to Windows 10 when Microsoft offered free upgrades. I have recently got one SSD in place of the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Ashu_tosh, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. Ashu_tosh Win User

    Will formatting my inbuilt HDD make me loose my Windows 10 if I have cloned OS to SSD


    My laptop came installed with Windows 8 that I upgraded to Windows 10 when Microsoft offered free upgrades. I have recently got one SSD in place of the DVD and got my OS cloned to it from the HDD. Currently I have both the SSD and the HDD in my system and my system boots from the SSD by default.


    My question is, if I format my HDD to recoup the storage:

    1. Would the Factory reset option provided by Windows 10 still work? If not, what can I do just in case, say if my SSD goes corrupt and I can't open Windows?
    2. Could that be a problem for my Windows 10 license?

    :)
     
    Ashu_tosh, Apr 18, 2021
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  2. IcyTruth Win User

    Cloned OS to SSD want to delete old OS on hdd

    Not sure if this was answered(cant find 1) but recently cloned windows 10 from HDD to SSD. My HDD was setup as GPT and the partition was setup with the OS as almost the full 1tb size. I had and currently have alot of used space that i dont wanna lose if
    it can be avoided. The whole cloning process was a pain having to move stuff to the ssd then partition the empty space on hdd the move stuff to the new partition until I had less than 200g with the OS still there so I can clone it onto ssd after cleaning
    it. Os works fine(windows loads sooo much faster) old hdd works fine but wanna get rid of the old os on hdd without deleting anything else? Sorry so long and sadly I merged the partitions back to 1.
     
    IcyTruth, Apr 18, 2021
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  3. Cloning HDD to SSD with Windows Reset Option

    I have bought
    Crucial SSD and would like to clone my HDD(HP machine) which came preinstalled with Windows 10 to SSD

    i don't wont to loose Windows Reset options if things go wrong in future with my machine..

    my AIM is to Boot only OS not migrate whole HDD to SSD because i can't its smaller! lol

    HDD is 931GB and my SSD is 223GB

    Will i be able to reset it if i have cloned only OS

    Do i have to copy more partitions to SSD, to make windows reset works in future?

    attaching my Disk Parts
    Will formatting my inbuilt HDD make me loose my Windows 10 if I have cloned OS to SSD 77c407c6-0775-4f9f-a21f-178a29fbbe87?upload=true.png
     
    ManishLakhera(mac), Apr 18, 2021
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  4. Will formatting my inbuilt HDD make me loose my Windows 10 if I have cloned OS to SSD

    Proper way of cloning the OS from HDD to SSD

    I bought a new SSD for my laptop, so I wanted to clone the OS from HDD to SSD.

    My questions are....


    Will formatting my inbuilt HDD make me loose my Windows 10 if I have cloned OS to SSD e1df0c34-f1b6-44a0-95b1-c92d08cb3331?upload=true.png


    1. Should I clone the recovery and other 3 partitions to the SSD ? (C drive is obvious)

    2. If I did clone all the 4 partitions to SSD, should I delete the older partitions from the HDD ?

    3. Or can I clone only the C drive and use the other files from the HDD ?
     
    Karthikbs27, Apr 18, 2021
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